VENUS FLY TRAP // Cinematic Sonic Duo // Talk With Rock ‘N’ Load
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 featuringISAWS(punk/new wave),RELIGIOUS OVERDOSE(post punk),TEMPEST(post punk/goth),ATTRITION(electronic) and currently VENUS FLY TRAP(post punk/electronica).
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.
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.
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