Boston's The Venetia Fair have been turning heads since the release of their debut album The Circus back in 2009 (which you can download for free at Purevolume). The band has been on the road with acts such as Kiss Kiss, Trophy Scars and LoveHateHero. TVF is currently working on their next album and are set to hit the road with Set It Off and Lacerda later this month. Keyboardist Joe Occhiuti took some time to answers a few questions about The Circus, the new music video and river-tubing with tourmates.
1) The band's latest release "The Circus" recieved plenty of buzz. Were
you surprised by all of the positive responses?
We put a solid 2 years of our lives into writing "The Circus." We went through member changes, a label signing, financial struggles, and a van dying to make "The Circus" available to everyone. So needless to say, I think the hard work payed off with the response we've gotten from this album. The support has been overwhelming, and I think the most surprising thing to us is the loyalty our best fans show us. We've heard from so many people across the country telling us about how our fans are constantly pushing us to THEIR friends and so on and so on. I'm pretty confident in saying that I don't know many fan bases like ours.
2) "The Circus" is pretty much split into two sections:"Overture" and
"The Circus". What was the meaning behind having two separate stories?
The meaning is that we wrote one thing, then wrote another. There's not much more to it than that. The "Circus" portion of the album was written before I was even in the band. That was actually originally written as one cohesive piece of music, meant to be released as an EP. When we signed with Red Blue Records, they asked us to release a full length instead. So at that point, Benny, who writes all of our lyrics, wanted to write some songs that didn't necessarily "fit" with "The Circus." Thats why we labeled it "The Overture."
"The Ringleader" music video
3) The music video for "The Ringleader" is very entertaining. How was
the filming process?
The filming process was pretty grueling, actually. We shot the video just outside of LA at the end of the summer of 2009. It was about 104 degrees out. It was one of the hottest sweatiest experiences of any of our lives. Everyone but Sam was wearing more clothing than we wanted. By the end of the first run through of the song, we were all laying in the street, coughing up dirt and dust, and Ben was throwing up in a sewer drain. Altogether a great time.
4) The band recently shot the music video for "A Man Like Me". What can
we expect from that music video?
You can expect a lot of fucking wild shit. Lots of fire and smashing shit. Pretty wild stuff. We all got a little injured during the making of it, lets keep it at that. I even got a golf club to the face. You'll just have to wait and see when that comes out, which should be soon.
5) The Venetia Fair is currently writing new material. How is that going?
The new material is just about finished, and we should have the cd out in the summer. I'm more excited about new stuff more than anything I've ever been a part of and I can't wait to have the songs released. We'll be playing a couple new songs on this upcoming tour with Set It Off and Lacerda.
6) The band were on the road a lot last year. What were some memorable
There were so many amazingly stupid things that happened on tour, but I'll just focus on one time that I found particularly entertaining. One off-day on The Wet Hot American Summer tour with us, Lovehatehero, and Young and Divine (all great dudes,) Pierrick from LLH wanted to go river tubing, which all sounded like a great idea to us. Because we're all stupid. You see, it was raining real hard, all thunder and lightning included. And with warnings from locals not to go in the river, because people have died in it, we decided to anyways. So we all bought some cheap tubes from wal-mart meant for 5 year olds and headed to the river. Then we're floating down the river, all 20 of us dudes who are far to old to be making bad decisions like this, with 2 rafts designated the booze rafts, filled with assorted booze to each of our likings. And I can't get into too much detail on how the trip ended, but I'll just say, Mr. Chark lost his bathing suit and threw up on himself, our friend Tyler went on a rope swing and didn't let go, and smashed into a tree and fell 15 feet, and Chris got peed on and tried to fight the AAA guy who came to unlock our van, because the keys were in Charks suit.
7) Are there any bands that you'd like to tour with in the future?
Yeah. So many. We really want to get in front of bigger crowds, just like anybody else. So really anybody who that happens to. Ya know?
8) What can we expect from the band for the rest of 2011?
Definitely expect some bigger things for us this summer. We've got a few things up our sleeves. Expect a lot of touring. Nationwide. We'll be doing stupid things all across the country. Expect a new video out soon, and maybe another before the end of the year. Just expect a lot more TVF.
You can catch The Venetia Fair on the "I Have Made Fire" tour with tourmates Set It Off and Lacerda at The Canvas Clash in Boonton, NJ on Tuesday April 12th.