East Of Venus is a new band formed out of members of Luna, The Feelies, Winter Hours and plenty more besides. The resultant alt-rock super-brew is sure to satisfy fans of all of the above as well as newcomers, with bold originals mixed together with covers of The Rolling Stones, Tim Hardin and Red Buckets. Memory Box is out on Omnivore.
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Here is something pretty exciting for fans of ‘80s college rock. East of Venus are a ‘supergroup’ who contain Glenn Mercer and Stanley Demeski of the Feelies and Michael Carlucci of underrated R.E.M- like pastoralists Winter Hours. Sadly Carlucci passed away towards the end of last year - a terrible shame as this band have succeeded in playing the sort of lilting jangle pop for those people who never quite got on with R.E.M quite as well once the went into the mainstream. Opener ‘Let’s Find A Way’ is just great. It could be a new Feelies song, actually it’s a bit more like Feelies side project Yung Wu - i.e kind of like Neil Young having fun.
The sound is utterly delicious, anything with Mercer in it always sounds good, the songwriting is kind of old fashioned story telling which can sound a bit clunky at times lyrically but is saved by lovely, jangling melodies, ‘You Started Something’ is exactly like the Feelies ‘Higher Ground’ . Go figure. How did Mercer not realise he’s played that riff before? A note for Winter Hours fans (I know you are out there), ‘Faded Pictures’ is an old unreleased Winter Hours song and is just great and has the same autumnal hues that lots of their murky songs had. There are also a few covers including Tim Hardin’s ‘Reason to Believe’ but it’s the originals I’m here for.
It’s like an old guy get together where Television, Rain Parade and Roger McGuinn’s solo career rule and with John Baumgartner and Dan Vallor thanked on the sleeve it's perfect for college rock nostalgists.
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