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I write this on Sunday 22nd March. The date seems important to note. As we adapt to our new situation, we’re continuing to support bands still releasing scheduled material and continue to provide a platform and give visibility to those still creating. And as March blurs into April, Venus will be the brightest of all the planets in the sky; the Leeds (with a hint of Hartlepool) all-girl rockers release their debut EP Wicked Things on 3rd April.

Opening track No Signs is their heaviest yet; crunching riffs are underpinned by Jess Ayres’ deliciously unhinged lead guitar, meaning those early Guns N’ Roses comparisons won’t go away. As the track bounds around from all-out rock and roll, signature drops and subtle electronica, it’s socially charged, a little dangerous and assuredly informed. God knows the world needs a band like Venus right now.

But Wicked Things is also the band’s most mature release yet and in Amy they have their first bona fide classic. Those that have heard the track live will know it sometimes struggles to find a natural spot in the band’s increasingly varied setlist, but the recorded version’s long sparse intro has just enough discordant energy pitted with the band’s now trademark atmospherics that the paean to mental health, where Amy is the alter-ego, becomes a prescient soundtrack to the scarily rational panic many of us are rightly now feeling about the world; for fans of Mazzy Starr and PJ Harvey.

Bookending things is more minor-pentatonic abandon on You’re Alright, I Guess, a snarling rock club anthem. Aggressive pure punk, dualling guitars and singer GK’s strongest and most vitriolic delivery yet. An early soundtrack to these troubled times.

Venus release Wicked Things EP on 3rd April


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