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Venrez / Bio

"The band formed while helping me with some work on my house," explains the singer of Los Angeles rockers Venrez. "Several of the guys working, including Jason Womack, were musicians and the building sessions quickly turned to jams, then the formation of the band." Fans of modern day rock music should be familiar with the musicians who back Ven in Venrez - both guitarist Womack and drummer Ed Davis played with Juliette Lewis and the Licks, while guitarist Alex Kane is a former member of both Life Sex and Death (LSD) and Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg. Bassist Michael Bradford (a childhood friend of Womack's) rounds out the group. As evidenced by the group's debut full-length, 'Sell the Lie,' it didn't take long for the group's chemistry to kick into gear, as the album's sound/approach brings to mind the classic rock of the 1970's and the grunge movement of the 1990's – both genres that stressed the importance of keeping studio recordings live-sounding and not over-produced. "My deep vocal has some comparisons to Audioslave," says Ven, "And the two part harmonies with me and Jason to Alice in Chains. But I get some comments of slight comparisons to Jim Morrison of the Doors. Jason writes the music, and grew up in the 70's. He is influenced by Jesus and Mary Chain, along with all the bands influenced by them. I consider our music to be a 70's beat that has been made fresh. It sounds like something you have heard but then it's clear you have not. Sick, in your face, dark rock music, combined with powerful lyrics." And according to the singer, it is no accident that 'Sell the Lie' has a very live and raw sound to it. "The album was recorded live, as we wanted to give it that raw sound. I sang the vocals to the music, as if performing in concert. Therefore, we accomplished that 'on-stage sound' and feeling, which was exactly what we intended and wanted to do." Heavy and rocking from front to back, 'Sell the Lie' proves to be an impressively consistent listen, although Ven does have a few standout tracks of the bunch. "I am passionate about all the songs I write, but my favorite songs would be 'Karma,' which was written about a former business partner who tried to hurt me. Also, 'Insanity,' which is my tribute to the goddesses of this world, and the title track, which allows me to release my pain of senseless killing." 2013 sees Venrez living up to their promising start, with a kick ass sophomore effort, 'American Illusion,' and a striking video for the standout tune "Unforeseen." Venrez's leader says the track "Is my favorite track on the LP. It's brutally heavy and demanding to play right. It's At the Drive In meets Alice in Chains, and really reflects the experiences we've had touring the world together. It's about a guy we met backstage on tour in France, Phillippe. He was so wasted but so happy too. He was all about embracing the moment maybe more than anyone I've ever met, and inspired me to put pen to paper. He did ultimately get kicked out of the venue for crapping in the sink of the women's toilet…but who hasn't at least once?!" Thus far, Venrez has opened shows for shock rock legend Alice Cooper, and has dates lined up with ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist, Slash. "Venrez live is a very special rock show," explains the singer. "All the members are amazing players and showmen. We go on feel a lot, and every live show is slightly different than the other – much like a Rolling Stones or Aerosmith concert. It’s big, in your face, captivating, and sexy as f*@k!"

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Band Members
Ven - Vocals
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Rock / Alternative Rock

Contact Info

Los Angeles, CA
Bob Chiappardi

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