There exists a restorative quality in swirling guitars, growling bass and effectual vocals; one that is much needed these days, as the world apparently hurdles towards its timely demise. Canada’s doing just fine on the morality scale, on the non-detrimental-to-humanity scale, but they still got us covered. Montréal’s Venus Furs got us covered. The band’s debut LP is on the horizon and it’s rife with mesmerizing soundscapes built upon boisterous rhythms, loud and chaotically pretty enough to shut your eyes and be zen for a handful of minutes. They’ve shared two tracks, the first of which, entitled “Page Before,” is a blissful amalgam of distortion and reverb, tinged just dark enough to get your kicks. Frontman Paul Kasner offers his vocal pondering amid soaring guitar riffs and liquid-cool bass parts. It seems brief before singing cuts out and and an entirely instrumental whirlwind of sonic destruction plays out to close the song. It’s enough to onset insanity, but insanity is what’s needed.
The second track, “Living In Constant” offers a more abated, sultry side of the band. It takes its time with you, allowing each note to seep through skin and muscle and into bone. Less airspace is taken up by quickened rhythms, so you’re able to hear precisely just how much Kasner’s vocals reverberate through the sky. It’s a cool, dimly lit room that aims to seduce through a slick bassline and gorgeous guitars. It’s a very generous glimpse of an incredible promise coming out of Montréal.
Venus Furs have a pretty busy summer ahead of them (including some dates with The Horrors!)
18 – Montreal (L’astral w/ The Horrors)
19 – Toronto (The Horseshoe Tavern w/ The Horrors)
30 – Ottawa (Bar Robo w/Whoop-Szo)
4 – Montreal (Brasserie Beaubien w/ BIRDS)
14 – Toronto (The Bovine w/ The Killer Wails, The Bandicoots and Leslie Spits)
24 – Trois Rivieres (Zénob w/ Mad Voodoo)