Introduce us to your band!
Venus Fly Trap consists of Alex Novak (Vox) and Andy Denton (Guitar/Programming).
How did you guys start out?
I had just finished my stint in the band Attrition, who were based in London at the time, having just released the album SMILING AT THE HYPOGONDER CLUB and toured Holland – the first time doing so abroad with a band. From here, I decided to move back to my native Northampton – famous for Bauhaus/Alan Moore and the film ‘Kinky Boots’ – hooked up with my brother John Novak (Isaws/Where’s Lizzie) and Tony Booker (someone I met at art school). There have been many different lineup changes since our inception, it is part of our DNA.
Describe your band’s sound
Our band’s sound has been described as ‘Blade Runner Rock ‘n’ Roll. We create dark, sonic cinema for the mind – film noir/sci-fi soundscapes with a nod to the music from Twin Peaks/Pulp Fiction. We produce thumping drum machine beats with dark vox and gothy atmospherics that find home in the post-punk/electronica genre – think Joy Division/Doors/Chemical Brothers.
What influences your craft?
Everybody is influenced by somebody else, but art/music is not produced in a vacuum – the trick is to take these elements and arrange them into something original. We never wanted to sound exactly like another band and are always striving to do something unique.
What makes your project different?
Well, for a start, we have a long history so there is a good back-catalogue to delve into. The lineup has changed over the years bringing in new people with their own perspective or ideas, which influences how the band sounds. We have ended up with something fairly unique: pounding electronics overlaid with a pincer movement of dark vox and needlepoint guitar, all filled in with wax crayon colours.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Morphine (on our first album MARS) would be a good place to start, then Vitesse (on our recent album ICON) to bring you up to date.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
Dealing with the current situation. I run a record shop called SPIRAL ARCHIVE RECORDS which is closed. Also, no DJing or gigs for Venus Fly Traps.
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
I have a retrospective album coming out in May – Venus Fly Trap, Alex Novak-Mecurial – which is a career roundup. It will feature Isaws, Religious Overdose, Tempest, Attrition, Venus Fly Trap and Nova State Conspiracy.
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
The idea was to get out and play in May to help promote the album… but this has been put back until September – I hope things will be better by then. We also plan to continue to re-issue our albums, last year put out our first album MARS and I hope, at the end of the year, to release our second and third albums: TOTEM and PANDORA’S BOX.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
To be judged on my whole body of work and be re-appraised and appreciated.
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