Venus Fly Trap + Pretty Dead Girls, Sat 31 Jul 2004, The Soundhaus.
Tonight was to be an interesting gig from the start, with two bands I'd had recommended to me by various people. Pretty Dead Girls are a real fun band: imagine AC/DC coupled with X-Ray Spex, add a slight twinge of Diamanda Galas and you're getting there. The result is classic hard rock with a dark edge to it. Great riffage, cool solos, and some pretty fine vocals make Pretty Dead Girls one of the better local bands by far.
I'd heard a lot of things about local band Venus Fly Trap: hardly anyone has a bad word to say about these guys. Featuring electronic drumbeats and bass and the inimitable Alex Novak from Spiral Archive, Venus Fly Trap are so well established that they should by rights be known the world over. However, they are relatively unknown still as far as the mainstream is concerned, although I am reliably informed that they are quite big in Poland. From start to finish, Venus Fly Trap's show is an experience. Not content with merely keeping the audience's ears occupied, the visual element has been taken care of too with a backdrop involving a sort of moving tableau, lending the whole event a theatricallity you don't get with many bands. The music is thoughtful, perhaps even challenging in some respects. There's a certain amount of gothic sensibility coupled with a mature yet fresh approach to the electro aspect of the sound. The electtric guitar adds a slightly more familiar element to the more experimental nature of the band. I have to say I was more impressed than I thought I would be. Venus Fly Trap are certainly one to catch whenever you can as gigs don't seem to happen often with these guys, or at least not in Northampton.
Monkey - ***** 5 Stars 5/5 - 9th Circle