Ben Leverock and Stuart Gardham met in 2013 whilst auditioning for a band they were involved in for six months, and subsequently sacked from, with no musical output of consequence. This time together did, however, nurture a friendship and musical affinity (in that order), that serves as the basis for the initial sessions that would become VENN. The line-up was finalised in late 2014 when they found a perfect fit in John Petrie via a well timed Gumtree ad.
This trio then began to perform live, and the resultant cohesion and sense of momentum provided the stimulus for VENN to form their own label and begin to release music. 2016 saw the band put out two 12” records to some great press reactions and radio play from, amongst others, Noisey, The Guardian, BBC 6Music, and BBC Radio 1.
Musically, an affinity exists for early influences like Wire and Liars; bands that are not limited to one sound, yet have clear aesthetics and continue to challenge an audience’s perceptions. In other words, an outright refusal of inertia. As VENN have progressed past their early post-punk-krautrock template, a new constellation of sounds and musicality has emerged, more clear and truthful to themselves.
A motorik repetition remains but with keener attention to harmony and melody that, outwardly, perhaps has more in common with pop music than some of the band’s more experimental and opaque tastes. Each song is designed to an effect - often emerging from visual and drawn cues and blueprints - with every note, and each sound, having a purpose within each piece. Always striving for momentum in all its wonderful forms.
Now signed to Full Time Hobby, the band’s debut album ‘Runes’ will be released on 3rd March 2017, with UK & European shows in support of the record.
The album was recorded at the Total Refreshment Centre in London, by Kristian Craig Robinson (AKA Capitol K) of The Archie Bronson Outfit and Loose Meat.