Get to know Venus II, a fab new outfit that bridges the divide between our two biggest cities with their intriguing blend of electronic pop and their recently-released debut album ‘Inside Your Sun’.
Earlier this week, they dropped the music video for their latest single ‘I Want U 4 Myself’, so what better time to touch base with Jarrad and Ryan to find out a bit more about them.
01. Band name : Venus II.
02. Where are you based? Melbourne / Sydney.
03. How did you choose your band name? JB : During each synodic period, Venus moves through three distinct “phases” – the Morning Star phase, an invisible or underworld phase (there are also two invisible phases in each 19-month cycle) Venus sounds pretty great huh? So we stuck with it.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as a band. RG : So fresh and so clean.
05. What’s your biggest claim to fame so far? JB : Robert Beatty did our artwork. He is a bit of a limelight-stealing all-round legend artist/musician. Maybe some of that will rub off on VII!
06. Who are your members? Jarrad Brown and Ryan Grieve.
07. How was the band formed? JB : Ryan and I met at the “Hub”, a giant dome structure pop-up venue set on Birrarung Marr on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne. Ryan was wearing a white linen two piece ensemble and coupled with his shoulder length flowing hair, he cut a striking figure. We stayed in touch, nek minut… Venus II.
08. In what ways has the band changed from when it was formed to today? RG : Well I came in to produce the band and ended up becoming a member, so it’s changed fundamentally in approach.
09. Tell us a little bit about your sound. JB : Like a technicolor journey of discovery through space and time, directed by Spielberg, and acted by Chevy Chase.
10. What are your members’ favourite songs of all time? JB : I honestly dont know.
11. What’s your strangest experience as a band? JB : Nothing too crazy yet. Still kind of on the “rehearse/lunchbreak/rehearse/dinner break” train…
12. Tell us about your latest release. RG : Our debut album ‘Inside Your Sun’ is out now – it is a mix of beautiful songs with dance and electronic undercurrents running throughout.
13. What do your future plans involve? JB : Hopefully some more shows, more songs, sounds, and just generally MORE.
14. Where can our audience catch you live? Sat Sep 17 Newtown Social Club Sydney w GL.