Monday, December 28, 2015

“Sophia” by Venus Demilo – A Song Review

     Look out 2016, here comes a band poised to have an impact. The band is Venus Demilo, the phonetic equivalent of the armless Greek statue. They are based in Liverpool.
     Listening to the first minute of their song “Sophia,” we mistakenly identified Venus Demilo as a Pop band with a strong vocals and light, quick-twitch guitar. Strong vocals – Yes, the assessment was correct. Crisp guitar capability – Yes, they own it. But a second after the one-minute mark, the band showed its Rock side. 

     The press material regarding “Sophia” explains:
   “‘Sophia’ began with a late night stumbling through Reddit. Among all the usual anecdotes and memes, there was one story that stood out above the rest. A tragic tale of how a girl had passed away after her addiction had spiralled out of control. During her depression, this girl had become obsessed with spirituality and became increasingly dependent upon an intangible being - Sophia.
   This was a sensitive subject, the band noted how difficult the process of writing became. They knew they wanted to share the story and open a dialogue surrounding the issues of drug abuse, depression and suicide. They were also aware that it is not a subject that should be treated lightly. The video is a reflection of this: the choice to have dancers communicate the relationship between Sophia and the girl seemed to be the best means of conveying the story to Venus Demilo’s audience.

     The members of Venus Demilo are Tom Anderson (vocals, rhythm guitar), Reuben Hobson (lead guitar), Christopher Connor (bass) and Ryan Williams (drums). In early 2015, they released "Sinking Ships" on Bandcamp - we missed it. “Sinking Ships” begins with vocal effects similar to “I Can Talk” by Two Door Cinema Club, but the body of the song has a greater sophistication in the use of instruments. While “I Can Talk” will likely be the song with more commercial success, The Venus Demilo song will have the greater staying power on those playlists that include both tracks.


     “Sinking Ships”

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