Since 2009 Boston rockers The Venetia Fair have been working the circuit with their album and EP; The Circus (2009) and The Pits (2011), though if you were to listen to either of these you will notice that they’re not something you can pigeonhole easily. Since establishing their sound with their first album, The Venetia Fair have gone on to showcase music which ranges from hints of pop and punk, to even jazz and harder genres. Though, it’s not just their musical direction which raises eyebrows towards this quintet, as it’s their presentation and ultimate fusion of these musical details which set this band apart from their peers. Now the band are back with their second studio album, Every Sick, Disgusting Thought We’ve Got In Our Brain, which sets to be the craziest yet.
From the piano laced intro to “Too Late To Dream”, it’s evident that the band are keen as ever to create that cocktail of sounds they have carried throughout their career. From then on we’re introduced to 12 more tracks of this crazy combination, with vocalist Benny Santoro parading talents which flirt between a mad-doctor version of Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie and at times even vocal ranges which match that of The Used’s Bert McCracken. This is particularly relevant in “We Used To Worship The Moon”, where Santoro strides between both techniques.
Musically this record is very pleasing; for both new and existing listeners, from the unsettling pace within “In The Morning” which combine brass percussion with rock aesthetics, to the stripped-down-day-dream-lullaby feel to “Go On, Paint Me A Picture”, highlighting the unpredictable order to this LP. The melodies created by Mr. Chark (Bass), Mike Abiuso (guitar) and Joe Brown (keys) is enough to sink your teeth into, but this is all given a greater presence with every thump provided by Chris Contantino (drums). The album bows out with the longest track on the album, “I Could End My Search Tonight”, which sees the essence of this band mixed into one track, including epic highs, energetic soundtracks and husky vocals which compliment the track perfectly.
With the ongoing list of musical influences giving you a whiplash, I see very little that would not attract the most unsure of fans. Regardless I think we can happily agree that if The Venetia Fair had the goal to create a kick-ass second studio album, they’ve hit the ball out of the park with this one.
The Venetia Fair
Every Sick, Disgusting Thought We’ve Got In Our Brain
Review by Nicole Tiernan