The Venetia Fair To Release ‘…Basically Just Does Karaoke’ Covers EP

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The Venetia Fair are one of the most unique rock outfits actively performing and recording throughout the modern world. Their latest album, Every Sick, Disgusting Thought We’ve Got In Our Brain, was one of our favorites from this year, and now it seems they’re gracing us with an additional helping of new (old) material before the year is out.

Hitting digital retailers on December 24, The Venetia Fair…Basically Just Does Karaoke will be a 5-song cover EP. Plans for this release stem back to the band’s extremely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012 which funded their acclaimed full-length record. During this campaign, 6 donors purchased a prize which entitled them to choose a song for the band to cover – as a result the track listing for this EP was born. That listing reads:

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

Singer Benny Santoro comments, “We said we’d cover anything they wanted and we got 6 very different songs from different genres and different eras in music, each with their own challenges. We had no intention of simply playing these songs as they were originally played (especially Bohemian Rhapsody… we didn’t wanna go anywhere near that song!) so we took our time and completely rebuilt them from the ground up to make sure we made them our own. Some of the songs we loved and had to figure out how to tweak them without totally ruining them and some of the songs we hated and had to figure out how to make them good, but I believe we rose to the challenge and, with the help of our Kickstarter backers, put together a very strange and very cool little cover EP. We definitely trashed some classic tunes, but it’s all very tongue-in-cheek since we would never take a cover song seriously ’cause it’s basically just doing karaoke…”

We are working with The Venetia Fair to get our hands all over that Blood Brothers cover as soon as humanly possible. While we wait, comment below and let us know which song you would like to see the band cover in the future.

James Shotwell

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