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Venus are an all girl rock band from Leeds that seriously kick ass. Dishing out a positive energy of feminism and activism through their in-your-face punked up, rock ‘n’  roll and punk, the band aims to promote the participation and inclusion of women in alternative music, as well as creating a safer, diverse music scene. Great music, great ethos, what’s not to like?

We caught up with them to find out more ahead of their performance at Last Train Home festival on Saturday 7th September.

Describe your sound
Think air guitar in space, haha! Our sound very much started off with the intention of a classic punk/riot grrrl direction, but as we got to know each other both as people and musicians, that changed. While still being invested in the Riot Grrrl ethos and attitude, we began experimenting with more harmonic qualities that are similar to Alternative Rock, which led us to dial up the electronic and ‘astrological’ elements with synthesisers and guitar/vocal effects.

How long have you known each other? Where did you all meet?
We’ve known each other properly for about a year and a half, and all met during our studies at Leeds College of Music. We met as strangers more or less! GK (vocals) & Gracie (synth) were roommates, and we recruited Jess (lead guitar), Hannah (bass) and Gabby (drums) from seeing them play around the Leeds scene. We all knew of each other but had never really spoken, so it was a very scary, awkward first rehearsal.

Who are your biggest musical influences?
The interesting thing about all of us is that we all have very different music tastes, I think that’s why our sound changed from the original plan without us necessarily intending it to. But some common ground that definitely shaped and influenced us, are Wolf Alice, Bikini Kill, X-Ray Spex and Garbage.

What do you like the most about performing at a festival?
Performing at festivals is fantastic, because you get to see so many incredible bands play all in one day! It allows us to meet new people and engage with other musicians that we’ve never met before, so that’s really exciting. As well, they’re fantastic exposure for both musicians and fans, we’ve all been to festivals and discovered a new band, as well as performers having the opportunity to meet new fans too.

What are your highlights of this year’s last train home festival? 
There are so many! It’s an incredible lineup this year, but for us we have to say fellow Leeds pals Dead Naked Hippies, we LOVE their music and can’t wait to watch their set. Just to name a few others, we’re looking forward to False Advertising, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, and James Leonard Hewitson too, who has recently released some great new music. 

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