I remember a couple of years ago at Warped Tour, I was eating the finest chicken nuggets First Niagara Pavilion (or whatever it’s called this week) had to offer. From the stage near me I heard what sounded like either a calamity or a party or possibly both. It was The Venetia Fair, playing to a crowd of about ten people. Their performance was some kind of organised chaos, so rarely seen nowadays. Sure enough, their set was one of my favourite moments of that Warped Tour. After their set I had the chance to meet them, where their merch guy insulted me and hit on my girl. After calling him an asshole, he high fived me and gave me a CD that the band members all signed. I like these guys and I absolutely love their new album Every Sick, Disgusting Thought We’ve Got In Our Brain.
The album starts off exactly as fans remember them with the track “Too Late To Dream,” with some sort of Frankenstein’s monster of a genre mashup on acid. It’s the kind of organised calamity that I love about these guys: the insane vocals over a pounding piano that the drums and horns try to keep to keep up with.
Up next is the album’s first single and my favourite track, “The Day I Set Them Free.” It’s most certainly their best work to date. The soaring vocals of Benny Santoro take this song to the next level as the accompaniment by the rest of the band makes the song an early favourite of mine in 2013. “We Used to Worship the Moon” keeps the party going and at times has a bit of a Panic! At the Disco feel to it.
One thing that will strike you about songs in this album is how much they change from their beginning. This is never truer than in “Pride Alone Won’t Put This Fire Out,” where it begins with a vocal rant on top of a very peppy beat then changes to a rather poppy chorus. This back-and-forth plays out throughout the song and it’s brilliant.
The rest of the album fluctuates from tunes that lean more toward the poppy side back toward the catchy insanity that is their specialty. One of the album’s highlights of this is “Bleeding a Stone.” This song has the sporadic bursts of sound that are the verses followed by a smoother chorus. This happens again in “The Saints of Gomorrah” which lies in between a couple of the album’s poppier numbers.
The back-and-forth between poppy or punk tracks is followed by the madness of the sound that made them famous. It definitely keeps the album from getting boring and at about 48 minutes from start to finish, all those loyal fans who made them such a Kickstarter success are certainly getting their money’s worth, albeit the last two or three songs are a bit unremarkable compared to the rest of the album. The best of the batch is the final song “I Could End My Search Tonight,” which has an ending to it that concludes the album perfectly.
This album is a lot to listen to. The Venetia Fair is something along the lines of madness and I love it. This album is a bit more on the tame side when compared to their previous work, but they have really refined their sound for the better. Every Sick, Disgusting Thought We’ve Got In Our Brain is without a doubt my favourite album of 2013 so far.