Every once in awhile Hmoodle likes to catch up with some of the talented people with worked with previously, so when I heard that the young band “Venus on Fire” was heading to the finals in the Midwest Battle of the Bands presented by “Rawkzilla”, I knew I had to get an update out to our readers. Its great to see them pursuing their dream.
Hmoodle: I’m here with the leader singer of “Venus on Fire”, Tory Envy. Its been awhile since we’ve talked. How are things going for you and then band?
Tory: Things are going great! We’ve been so busy with writing new music and performing. We’ve released some new music this year and last, a couple of singles including ‘20/20’ and ‘Darkest Hour’ along with our EP ‘My Furious Frenzy’ and a new music video for our single ‘Motion Picture’.
Hmoodle: I hear you released an album earlier this year. What’s the name of the album? What has response to it been like?
Tory: It was an EP released in late November of 2011 that we recorded, edited, and mastered at Winterland Studios with Producer Todd Fitzgerald who’s worked with artists Sheryl Crow, Michelle Branch, and Keane. The EP is titled My Furious Frenzy. It’s a 6 – song EP with tracks: (1) Motion Picture; (2) Attraction; (3) Breezeway; (4) I Did What I Had To; (5) What Do We Know; (6) Come Back Tomorrow
The response has been great. We followed up with a music video from one of the singles on the EP, Motion Picture. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNlKB7nWdGM)
Hmoodle: Where can our readers purchase a copy?
Tory: The EP can be found on Itunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-furious-frenzy-ep/id485210343), our online store (www.venusonfire.bigcartel.com), Amazon, and at local music stores in the Twin Cities like Electric Fetus and Capital Guitars.
Hmoodle: Do you have a favorite song on the album? If so, which one and why?
Tory: Yes! Actually, it’s a band favorite. Its track 5 What Do We Know. It’s actually and old song that we decided to track after numerous revisions. Even now after we’ve tracked it, when we play the song live it’s different. The groove is sick and I can see the crowd feeling the music when we play it live.
Hmoodle: It looks like the band has changed a bit since I last met with you. Can you discuss these changes and introduce our readers to newer members?
Tory: Yes, there have been a lot of changes. Good changes. Every band has their ups and downs, but you just have to keep going. The new members include Carl Smith who plays bass and Joseph Ingle, drums. We were posting up ads looking for a bass player and drummer at the time and Carl responded. We met up at a restaurant to get to know each other, almost like a date. Actually, it was a date. Ha! He was hesitant at first to respond to the ad, but after hearing My Furious Frenzy EP he thought he’d give us a try. After a couple of weeks he decided he wanted in because we all had the same vision and got along really well. Luckily he had a friend, Joe, who now plays the drums for us. Carl and Joe use to play in a band together so they already had chemistry which is important when playing together. Carl and Joe are very skilled musicians, plus they’re goofballs which makes band practice and performances fun. I’m grateful to have them on board the Venus on Fire ship.
Hmoodle: The band has found success in your participation in the Mid-West Battle of the Bands. Can you tell us how that is going and whats its been like?
Tory: The battle of the bands is held by Rawkzilla. I was a bit hesitant to join this battle because in the past, battles were mostly based on how many people a band brought to the show and not on talent, but this one was different. This one was actually based on talent. It started in June with 150 bands. Every month we battled, got judged by industry professionals, and worked our butts off to improve with every performance. Now we’re down to the finals and there are only 10 bands left. I still can’t believe we made it. This month has been extremely stressful because we’ve been pushing each other to perfect our performance. I haven’t seen such drastic improvements within Venus on Fire as I have in the last few months. And now I can honestly say we can put on a good show. One that you wont forget.
This is our biggest show yet. KDWB and 93X will be there. In fact, Falen from the Dave Ryan in the Morning Show will be one of the Judges. I’m extremely excited.
Hmoodle: I know the finals are coming up. Where is this going to be and do people need to purchase tickets in advance?
Tory: The finals will be at Pickle Park in Fridley, MN on October 20th. The show starts at 5pm. It’s early, but these are the best bands in the Midwest. Tickets are $10 ahead of time and $12 at the door. To get tickets ahead of time people can purchase them online with no tax or shipping at www.venusonfire.bigcartel.com. They can also call us for more information at 651-724-0711.
Hmoodle: Do you know when you guys will be performing that night?
Tory: There are 2 parts to the show. Venus on Fire will be in the 2nd half which starts at 5pm.
Hmoodle: If our readers can’t make that event, will there be other opportunities to see you perform soon?
Tory: Right now we’ve just been focusing on the finals, but readers can visit our Facebook to stay updated on events, performances, and new music: www.facebook.com/venusonfiremusic
Hmoodle: Where can our readers learn more about the band and listen to your music?
Tory: Readers can go to our website and visit all of our Social Media sites to listen to our music and learn more about us:
Hmoodle: Do you have any last words for our readers?
Tory: Yes! I wont ever leave an interview without that this. I want to say thank you to everyone for their continuous support because without their support I would be nothing. I’m extremely grateful for everyone’s kindness. Please come out to the show. I’d love to see everyone there. We at Hmoodle are very proud of the band. Its wonderful to see that they are gaining more exposure and people are seeing them as the great musicians they are. I personally want to wish them the best of luck at the finals of Battle of the Bands. If you have nothing going on, then you should definitely go out and support. If you can’t make it there, support them by buying their music.