The Venetia Fair – The Venetia Fair…Basically Just Does Karaoke review

By on December 30, 2013

1The Venetia Fair – The Venetia Fair…Basically Just Does Karaoke

Released: December 24, 2013

Label: Self Released

HHM Rating:

[xrr rating=4.5/5]

Boston rockers, The Venetia Fair have left something special in our e-stockings for Christmas this year. The Venetia Fair Basically Does Karaoke… Covers EP is now available for digital download and features their versions of six known songs from different genres, hand picked by six of their Kickstarter backers. The songs were pulled apart and pieced backed together in the band’s wild style their fans know and love. The Venetia Fair open the EP with “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It sounds like the guys have dragged Queen over to the pop punk dark side. Lead singer, Benny’s vocal range is highlighted throughout the song. From the in-your-face screams of the beginning of the track to the soft whispers at the end. Freddie Mercury would be proud.   Do you remember that scene in “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” where Dexy Midnight Runner’s, “Come On Eileen” is playing at Homecoming and Emma Watson’s character screams, “they’re actually playing good music?” When track 2 started, all I could picture was The Venetia Fair jumping off the stage and running around the school gym while Emma Watson and Logan Lerman laugh and dance along with them. With the addition of electric guitars and heavy drums, the band turns a light hearted dance track into a song that would fit perfectly in any punk show. TVF take on the B52’s classic’ “Rock Lobster” next. In the intro of the song, you can hear the guys talking, “It doesn’t matter, we’re gonna start with rock.” Including that conversation was the perfect way to reassure fans the band stayed true to their style and originality while recording the covers. I can’t help but want to see this song performed live, but only if the guys are wearing lobster costumes and throwing water onto the crowd during the entire song.  “Jesus of Surburbia” by Greenday is the fourth and longest track on the EP. Now Greenday is already a well known punk band so it was interesting to hear how The Venetia Fair tried to make the song their own. The track is broken down into five parts or sections, similar to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Smooth transitions, killer guitar riffs and grimey vocals complete the song. Track number five, “Camouflage, Camouflage” is a personal favorite. The Venetia Fair’s deliver a surprisingly toned down version of the original by The Blood Brothers. Benny sings rather than screams the lyrics at us. The band closes the EP strong with Coheed and Cambria’s, “The Willing Well III: Apollo II: The Telling Truth.” The song illustrates the true musical power of TVF. It won’t be long til the guys are selling out arenas and playing stadium punk anthems worldwide. Overall, The Venetia Fair Basically Does Karaoke is a solid EP. There were a few times I couldn’t help to think, “this is better than the original!”  The covers range in genre, so there will be a song you’ll love, no matter what type of music you prefer. I absolutely recommend buying this EP. It’ll make a perfect “I forgot to get you something, so here’s some awesome music” Christmas gift for children of all ages. And what better way is there to end the year than with new music by an incredible band?

Review by: Lisa Perez


1. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

2. Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runner

3. Rock Lobster – The B52s

4. Jesus of Suburbia – Green Day

5. Camouflage, Camouflage – The Blood Brothers

6. The Willing Well III: Apollo II: The Telling Truth – Coheed and Cambria

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