To say that I was a little apprehensive about reviewing The Venetia Fair’s newest outing Every Sick, Disgusting Thought We’ve Got In Our Brain was a bit of an understatement. The first two music videos to come off of their first project was a nice introduction to their sound, but the utter chaos that the songs brought were incredibly off putting to me. Times have changed in the four years since their first album came out, and in that time, I’ve done a bit of a 180 with The Venetia Fair. Their sound is now a controlled chaos, making their circus rock feel that more original, pulse-pounding, and oddly catchy.
The first single “The Day I Set Them Free” is a rambunctious rock stomp full of catchy brass and rambling piano that just sticks in your head from first listen. “The Dirt Won’t Keep Your Secrets” is a very meticulous and dark rock song, with some rather crazy lyrics accompanying some great musicianship backing it – a rather common attribute throughout the album. “I Could End My Search Tonight” opens up with some gorgeous/awkward guitar parts, but drops out the tempo and makes a rather rousing closer to the album. The biggest surprise on the album was “Go On, Paint Me A Picture,” a ballad of sorts that doesn’t take away from the intensiveness that the band portrays in their previous material, but refocuses their musicality into a delectable pallet cleanser mid album.
Not every song here though hits it out of the park. “Pride Alone Won’t Put This Fire Out” has a nice chorus to it, but the progression to get there felt a little off. “The Sky Came Down” has the same fate; the musicality is there, but it is just rather uninteresting building up. “You Never Looked Like This” felt like filler, to be honest. Nothing in that song ever gripped or entertained me like the rest of the album did. The good thing about these songs – and the album – are that they still work as a whole. These songs work a lot better incorporated with the full product, but the tracks by themselves missed the mark.
There are two “make it or break it” things for this band. The first is vocalist Benny Santoro. His voice is incredibly reminiscent of The Used’s Bert Mccracken; but has a flair to it that reminds me of MCR’s Gerard Way. His high register gives and theatrical delivery makes him one of the most unique frontmen out there in the world of post rock. Only the other two I mentioned Santoro actually sounding like can give him a run for his money range wise. The second is the incorporation of brass instruments. Scattered throughout the album are moments that need trumpets, saxes, and other non-typical instruments that make their songs that much more interesting. If you’re a purist, this may be a turn off for you, but The Venetia Fair is nothing close to pure. Everything they encapsulate into their music is what makes them them – a unique, haunting, and exhilarating trip to the circus.
If I could give out awards, The Venetia Fair would win Most Improved. Every Sick, Disgusting Thought We’ve Got In Our Brains should blast the band into fan favorite territory – taking elements from some of the biggest bands today and making carnival rock which is as unique as anything else out there. If The Used isn’t cutting it for you, and Foxy Shazam is a too much on the light side, then by all means get into The Venetia Fair. Mark my words, they are going to be the next big rock band – if they can keep up what this album has shown us.
Final Grade: B+
Go Download: “The Day I Set Them Free”