HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH VENUS
Who is Venus? Where you’re from, how you met, how long have you been playing together etc
Venus are a 5-piece all girl rock band from Leeds, advocating women in alternative music, and a safer and diverse music scene. Lead singer Grace Kelly brought the band together in November 2017 so we’ve not been together long but already feel a strong connection as a band and love playing together.
Who came up with the band name and does it have a story or any meaning behind it?
The lead singer Grace Kelly came up with the name as she’s wanted to do a project around the idea of Venus for a while and when she met us a played with us she thought it would be a great name as it represents everything we stand for as individuals and as a band.
If you had to describe the band using just five words, what would they be?
Unapologetic, fierce, tenacious, inclusive, prevalent
Who are your biggest influences musically?
Wolf Alice, Bikini Kill, Deap Vally, Dream Wife
What’s the band's biggest claim to fame so far?
We’re not cool enough to have one yet :(
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
Rews, mostly because we really love what they’re doing for women in music. However, one of us got the chance to meet them recently and thought they were really lovely and down to earth so ideal to tour with!
If you could put your dream team band together consisting of any musicians from the past or present who would the band members be?
Sandy West, Kathleen Hanna, Debbie Harry, St Vincent
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
Our performances are cutting edge due to our staunch belief that women will one day have their rightful place in rock and alternative music. We channel our passion into both our writing and performance producing heavy riffs and hard hitting choruses so expect high intensity girl power (that’s loud).
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
We all gather around a cauldron to cast a pre gig spell…. No seriously, we just chill and have a pint.
What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva?
Essential oils because they smell amazing (lavender preferred).
This question is for all band members. If we were to browse your music library what is the most embarrassing song we might find? Or who is your guilty pleasure artist?
Grace Kelly: Oasis - Wonderwall
Jess Ayres: Taylor Swift - Love Story
Grace Stubbings: Atomic Kitten - Ladies Night
Hannah Baraclough: Vitas - 7, The Element
Gabby Cooke: Miley Cyrus - 7 Things
Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear or learn about the band
The first ever rehearsal we had together was so awkward the band nearly didn’t happen!
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
Our Facebook page www.facebook.com/VENUSGRRRLS
Finally, What does the future hold for the band?
We plan to continue playing all over the UK, spreading our feminist attitude and hope to leave an unforgettable mark on the music industry.
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE HERE
HOXTON UNDERBELLY,16 November
The Old Queens Head,28 November
HOXTON UNDERBELLY,29 November
93 Feet East,30 November
The Jazz Cafe,03 December
THE GRACE ,06 December