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VENUS FLY TRAP-ROCKET USA EP
(GLASS Minature GLAM45003 2019)
1.ROCKET USA (12″ MIX)
Release date OCTOBER 4th 2019…
Available via- https://glassminiature.bandcamp.com/album/rocket-usa?fbclid=IwAR3xHUI-1p5NBx9jpIir5s2hvrPjU3xTXDcE8SjqCauXzkAt3Nn7TCW3HE0
Originally released as a 12″/CD single by DANCETERIA in 1989.
Rocket! Rocket! 30th Anniversary Download Reissue Edition of Suicide’s ‘Rocket USA’ + 2 more original VFT tunes. Produced by Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus/Love & Rockets) with added honking sci-fi rockabilly sax by Pat Fish (The Jazz Butcher).
Alex Novak (Vocals)
Curtis (Guitar & Vocals)
Dave Freak (Acoustic Guitar, Percussion & Vocals)
with: The Jazz Butcher (Sax)
Tim Perkins (Violin)
Kevin Haskins (Additional Percussion)
Produced by Kevin Haskins & VFT. Engineered by Phil
Recorded at Thatched Cottage, Cambs, UK 1989
ROCKET USA-video link https://youtu.be/LBAT1E1-cEA
Now its gonna hit “ROCKET USA” download EP on GLASS RECORDS,burning up the skyways…a cover of US minalmist punk/electro duo SUICIDE…the sky is no longer the limit.CLOUD 9 LIPS(appears on the album MARS recently re-issued) and OPIUM WAR(exclusive track to this EP).
Production by KEVIN HASKINS(BAUHAUS/LOVE AND ROCKETS),he also plays percussion on ROCKET USA and saxophone by PAT FISH (JAZZ BUTCHER) on ROCKET USA and OPIUM WAR…watch the skies.
“Into orbit with the turbo boost turned right up,they dissemble everything in sight.On Cloud 9 they debate the numerical difference between cloud nine and seventh heaven,Opium War crosses the drug problem with native american dilemma…amazing sounds from a diverse gathering of characters.ZIP CODE MAGAZINE 1989
“Elevated by the Jazz Butchers sax,vocalist Novak goes all Pete Murphy…Lost in space…”NME 1989
“Rocket USA is no holds barred rock n roll barrage,a grinding collision between GBOA and early Psychedelic Furs. Its a drastic re-working of the Suicide classic.Cloud 9 is bordering on psychedelia,light and trippy…”GIG MAGAZINE 1989
THE VENUS FLY TRAP-MARS CD/DL
(GLASS modern GLAMCD016 2019)
CD order/digital download… https://glassmodern.bandcamp.com/album/mars
Parting company from electronic pioneers ATTRITION and after completing the album SMILING AT THE HYPOGONDER CLUB(THIRD MIND) in late 1985.
ALEX NOVAK(ISAWS/RELIGIOUS OVERDOSE/TEMPEST) headed back to his native NORTHAMPTON to hook up with his brother JOHN NOVAK(ISAWS/WHERES LISSE?) on guitar and TONY BOOKER on bass,to form the first incarnation of VENUS FLY TRAP in the summer of 1986.
They demoed the tracks MORPHINE,CATALYST,DESOLATION RAILWAY,which have been issued by GLASS minature as a download only EP in 2019.
VFT were picked up by French label TUESDAY RECORDS(sub label of DANCETERIA)and the tracks were re-recorded as two 12” singles MORPHINE(1987) and DESOLATION RAILWAY(1988),both these tracks appear on the album MARS,which came out in 1989 on DANCETERIA.
Line up changes followed with JOHN NOVAK leaving,TONY BOOKER moving to guitar,CHRIS EVANS coming in bass and DAVE FREAK on percussion.
Live gigs included dates with the MISSION,CHILLS,WOLFHOUNDS,SHACK,SPACEMEN 3,TOM VERLAINE,GAUNA BATZ and their first tentative sojourns to France,playing the famous Paris venue GIBUS.
The album was well received by UK and foreign press especially in France where the release got into the top 30 national chart.
This re-issue has been re-mastered by MARTIN BOWES(ATTRITION)
VENUS FLY TRAP-“ICON” TOUR 2019
FEB 22nd-LAB/NORTHAMPTON with BUSHPIGS/DUNCAN BISATT
MARCH 2nd-DUFFYS/LEICESTER with GESTALT/CREOSOTE HEART
APRIL 5th-WHITE HART/CORBY with TELEPATHS
APRIL 21st-ALBION/NORTHAMPTON with UNDERGROUND YOUTH
MAY 5th-BLUE MOON/CAMBRIDGE with TELEPATHS
MAY 17th-LAMPLIGHTER/NORTHAMPTON with TELEPATHS
MAY 22nd-ESQUIRES/BEDFORD with CHAMELEONS
JUNE 14th-HAVE GUITARS…WILL TRAVEL FESTIVAL-LAMPLIGHTER/NORTHAMPTON
with MARABAR CAVES/PAT FISH(JAZZ BUTCHER)…
JULY 31st-MUSICIAN/LEICESTER with SPEAR OF DESTINY
SEPTEMBER 7th-BLACK PRINCE/NORTHAMPTON with SKYBEARD/TELEPATHS
SEPTEMBER 14th-KINGFISHER/CORBY with LIQUER
SEPTEMBER 27th-THREE COCKS/KETTERING with TELEPATHS
OCTOBER 2nd-SOUNDHOUSE/LEICESTER with THEATRE OF HATE
OCTOBER 12th-ESQUIRES/BEDFORD with TRANSMISSION
OCTOBER 26th-CRAUFURD ARMS/WOLVERTON-MK with TRANSMISSION
NOVEMBER 9th-CYBERCLASH FESTIVAL/L’ESCOBAR/TOURNAI/BELGIUM with IMPLANT…
NOVEMBER 30TH-HOPE AND ANCHOR/LONDON with ATTRITION/PAT FISH(JAZZ BUTCHER)…
DECEMBER 19th-HAMBURG/GERMANY tbc