The Venetia Fair - The Circus
Record Label: Red Blue Records
Release Date: June 12, 2009
Every once in a while, there comes a band whose musical style is hard to explain. The Venetia Fair are one of those bands. Hailing from Boston, The Venetia Fair write an interesting style of music that sets them apart from many bands in the scene. Their debut CD The Circus shows off the band's extraordinary talent.
The Circus is a CD that consists of two segments: "Overture" and "The Circus". "Overture" is a collection of songs about love and loss. The CD's opener "A Man Like Me" will grab the listener's attention with its abrupt guitar and piano assault. "What Do We Have Here?" is a catchy number that will have the listener inadvertently snapping their fingers along with the beat. "Because You're Lonely" is a piano-driven song that showcases pianist Joseph Occhiuti's talent.
The second half of the CD ("The Circus") is a group of songs revolving around a circus-- Gullinkambi the ringleader and three clowns (Nonus,Decimus and Mortus). "The Ringleader" is a easily a fan favorite as Benny Santoro's singing/shrieking vocals and piano bashing sticks with the listener for a long time. "The Clowns and the Escape" has a dark mood, but the song shifts gears when Santoro screams "Hey!Where do you think you're going to go?". Suddenly guitarist Charles King and Occhuiuti are engaged in a musical race that ends in both collapsing in front of the finish line.
You might not understand this album on the first listen. Each song leaves the listener confused and excited at the same time. There are so many twists and turns that you might have certain tracks on repeat for long periods of time. If you're into something completely different, then pick up The Circus.
Great review! My favorites are definitely "The Ringleader" and "Because You're Lonely." The Circus is awesome and TVF is ridiculous live...non-stop energy. My band is playing with them in a few weeks and I can't wait! :)