VENUS FLY TRAP was formed when I ( ALEX NOVAK) left a band called ATTRITION who was based in London at the time, I had done an album with them and toured Holland, my first trip abroad with a band. Decided to move back to my native Northampton(famous for BAUHAUS, ALAN MOORE, and the film KINKY BOOTS), hooked up with my brother JOHN NOVAK(ISAWS, WHERES LISSE) and TONY BOOKER an x art school student, I had also studied at art school.
The line up changed within six months, we originally had a drum machine but later added a drummer ANDY DENTON was playing for a local band at the time, he joined then more changes and he ended up being the guitarist.
Myself ALEX NOVAK(VOX) and ANDY DENTON(GUITAR/PROGRAMMING) have produced four albums together DARK AMOUR, ZENITH, NEMESIS, and most recently ICON which came out in 2018, probably the bands most consistent period.
We have been described as “Bladerunner rock n roll with dark acidic shades on”, we create dark sonic cinema for the mind, film noir, sci-fi soundscapes inspired by 2001, clockwork orange, twin peaks, pulp fiction,alien…post punk meets electronica, the DNA of joy division, sisters, chemical brothers re-configured.
Everybodys influenced by somebody else, the trick is to take these elements and arrange them into something original, never wanted to sound exactly like another band, always striving to do something original.
THE VENUS FLY TRAP/ALEX NOVAK-MERCURIAL 1978-2018(BEST OF) CD(GLASS modern GLAMCD 024 2020) Career spanning retrospective of ALEX NOVAK featuring ISAWS(punk/new wave),RELIGIOUS OVERDOSE(post punk),TEMPEST(post punk/goth),ATTRITION(electronic) and currently VENUS FLY TRAP(post punk/electronica).
Available via- https://glassmodern.bandcamp.com/album/mercurial-1978-2018
VENUS FLY TRAP
MORPHINE-(1987)After leaving ATTRITION(based in London at that time)and a brief sojourn with Norwich band DANCE NAKED, ALEX NOVAK headed back to his home town of Northampton(famous for ALAN MOORE and BAUHAUS). Hooking up with his brother JOHN NOVAK(ISAWS/WHERES LISSE) and Art School friend TONY BOOKER, they demoed tracks that were picked up by French label TUESDAY RECORDS and MORPHINE was re-recorded for the debut 12” release.
MORPHINE video https://youtu.be/jjjrBkaCALY
DESOLATION RAILWAY-(1988)Second 12” single release for TUESDAY RECORDS, both tracks appeared on the mini-LP MARS extra tracks were recorded for the CD release by French label DANCETERIA based in Lille.
DESOLATION RAILWAY video https://youtu.be/8tSSwNqCJK8
Original versions of MORPHINE/CATALYST/DESOLATION RAILWAY released as a download on GLASS miniature 2019.
MARS CD/DL was re-issued in 2019 on GLASS modern.
ROCKET USA-(1989)Drastic re-working of SUICIDE track for third 12”/CDsingle with contributions from PAT FISH(JAZZ BUTCHER) and KEVIN HASKINS(BAUHAUS/LOVE AND ROCKETS).
ROCKET USA video https://youtu.be/LBAT1E1-cEA
ROCKET USA/CLOUD 9/OPIUM WAR released as a download on GLASS miniature 2019.
EUROPA-(1990)Fourth 12”/CDsingle for DANCETERIA,re-mixed in France by JEAN LOUIS(GREIF)the original appears on the album TOTEM(DANCETERIA).
EUROPA video https://youtu.be/D20k4rNu_V0
EUROPA(remix)/SHADOWPLAY(live) released as a download on GLASS miniature 2019.
ACHILLES HEEL-(1991)Fifth 12”/CDsingle for DANCETERIA recorded in France at the same time as the album PANDORAS BOX produced by PAT FISH(JAZZ BUTCHER).
ACHILLES HEEL video https://youtu.be/HUDNfxkniFw
MOSCOW MENAGERIE-(1994)Recorded in Bonn/Germany appears on the LUNA TIDE album via SPECTRERECORDS/Germany.
MOSCOW MENAGERIE https://youtu.be/bd_FwGS6_7o
PULP SISTER-(1997)From the album DARK AMOUR produced and recorded in Coventry by MARTIN BOWES(ATTRITION)on another German label SOUNDBUSTER.
METROPOLIS-(2004)Taken from the album ZENITH released by BIG BLUE/SPV-Poland/Germany.
HUMAN FLY-(2011)Cover version of CRAMPS classic that appeared on the album NEMESIS via BIG BLUE/SPV.
HUMAN FLY video https://youtu.be/QhZZE22WPZA
VITESSE-(2018)Another label move this time back to London based GLASS RECORDS from the recent album ICON produced by MARTIN BOWES(ATTRITION)
VITESSE video https://youtu.be/bzPsw28jm50
VITESSE/MORPHINE released as a download on GLASS miniature 2018.
STANDENS ABANDONED(1979)-ISAWS formed while ALEX NOVAK was at Art School(1976-1980) fellow students included KEVIN HASKINS, DAVID J and DANNY ASH(BAUHAUS/LOVE AND ROCKETS), band members JOHN NOVAK(WHERES LISSE/VENUS FLYTRAP), PETE BROWN JOHN(RELIGIOUS OVERDOSE) and JEM CLACK were inspired by the punk explosion of 1976.
Two cassettes were released recorded at BECK studios(1978/79)which were later compiled as the album BURNT OFFERING-2002(tribute to a local fanzine)and released by BIG BLUE/SPV.
CONTROL ADDICTS-(1980)First 7”single for GLASS RECORDS recorded in London by CIARAN HARTE,after departing ISAWS and teaming up with another Art School friend RICHARD FORMBY(IN EMBRACE,JAZZ BUTCHER/SPECTRUM) a further two singles appeared on GLASS …I SAID GO 7”(1981)and IN THIS CENTURY 12”(1982) all appear on the GLASS HYMNBOOK 1980-82 CD(GLASS Redux 2018). https://glassredux.bandcamp.com/album/glass-hymnbook-1980-1982
After the demise of RELIGIOUS OVERDOSE teamed up with local scenesters MARK REFOY(SYNDROMES/SPACEMAN 3/SPIRITUALIZED/SLIPSTREAM/PET SHOP BOYS),JOHN LUCCIBELLO(RUSSIANS/VENUS FLY TRAP),MICK PACKWOOD(WHERES LISSE/JAZZ BUTCHER)and ALAN EMPTAGE.Released two singles LADY LEFT THIS 7”(GLASS RECORDS-1983) and MONTEZUMA 7”/12”(ANAGRAM RECORDS-1983 and an album 5 AGAINST THE HOUSE(ANAGRAM-1984) later re-issued by OPTIC NERVE-2017 on LP/CD. https://opticnerverecordings.com/collections/in-stock-catalogue/products/tempest-the-5-against-the-house-lp-cd?variant=21056064583
Joined ATTRITION for one album SMILING AT THE HYPOGONDER CLUB(THIRD MIND RECORDS-1985)the track FEEL THE BACKLASH was taken from this album.
NOVA STATE CONSPIRACY(1996)
DEFINITIVE ITEM taken from the ZEIGEIST CDEP(DION FORTUNE RECORDS/GERMANY)a side project with comic illustrator SIMON COLEBY.
Another side project with TIM PERKINS(EMPERORS OF ICE CREAM/ALAN MOORE).
Side project with dance producer MICKY MUDDIMAN.