Nights on Venus began and grew out of a solo project by multi-instrumentalist/producer Craig "Professor" Thomas and made its first appearance in October, 2010. 8 months later, the debut album - simply entitled "Nights on Venus" - was released in June, 2011. Atmospheric, hypnotic, smooth, ethereal, and "brain-wavin" are words that have been used to describe NoV’s music. The origin of the NoV sound can be traced back to around 1995, when Thomas says he was working on "a cross between surf music and ethereal keyboard stuff." All instrumentals so far, he calls it "ether rock."
The second Nights on Venus album - "In 4 the Evening" - was released in May, 2012. The album is a slightly more uptempo, more diverse collection of songs that represented a major step forward. The track, "Paradise by the Lava Lamp," was included on the "This Ain’t No Cowtown, Vol. 4" compilation from Denver. Nights on Venus/Craig is currently based in Golden, Colorado.
The 3rd album, "Another Day in Paradox," releases officially on June 18, 2013 and is already available here.
The somewhat condensed version of the longer bio on Craig goes something like this:
Born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Craig grew up in Dallas, Texas in a musical family and was classically trained on piano and pipe organ (his dad was a church organist); he began writing original compositions around the age of 10. Although Nights on Venus does not feature vocals at this point, he has sung lead and backing vocals for various bands over the years, including Bobby Frost and the Modern Poets and Texans Without Cattle among others.
Craig is also an accomplished visual artist in painting and photography and holds a Master’s Degree of Fine Arts from University of North Texas in Denton. He moved to the mountains of Colorado in 1992 and established Excellent Sky Gallery in Kittredge, just outside Denver, eventually moving the gallery to Empire. He continued to play in bands and write original music during this time.
Over the course of his musical career, which has run parallel with his career in art, he has played keyboards in all styles from New Wave to Blues, to Classic Rock to Reggae. In the process he has been playing more guitar and bass now as Nights on Venus. Musical influences include: The Doors & Ray Manzarek, Velvet Underground, Todd Rundgren, Roxy Music, The Cars, The Church, Brian Eno, Thelonious Monk, Love Tractor, Sigur Ros, the Aqua Velvets, and the composer John Barry.