For our UK fans we are happy to announce that we will be playing The Lounge in London on April 8th and Bannerman’s in Edinburgh, Scotland on April 11th. More shows in the UK to be announced soon.
Venrez are a five piece collective with so many solid traits to bring to the table. This LA based rock outfit have plenty of musical experience under their belts with both guitarist Womack and drummer Ed Davis having previously played with Juliette Lewis and the Licks, guitarist Alex Kane is a former member of Life Sex and Death (LSD), and also Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg, with bassist Michael Bradford being a childhood friend of Womack’s, so there’s certainly a strong musical chemistry there. Venrez have crafted a blazing hot sound that resonates with the fans on so many levels, maintaining a raw authentic feel to their live studio recordings, which is carried through into their live-on stage performances as well. The level of feeling and passion are as real and driving to the fans as if they are listening to a Venrez album or being rocked out in a stadium, It’s an outstanding creative attribute to harvest an authentic, less produced, studio sound and a sustainable bonus for their live performances. I would like to say that Venrez keep it real on all levels and have fused together typically all the musical influences that have penetrated their souls.
Recently I’ve started to fear for the state of Rock. Not metal mind you – aside from being plagued with an overabundance of elitist twats Metal is doing just fine. But the state of ROCK, à la Alice Cooper, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi and Guns N’ Roses has been looking a little sorry of late. Gone, it seems, are the days of men (and women) with gorgeously wavy hair shredding their guitars soulfully whilst wailing about the lack/abundance or drugs/sex/money/women/men/fast cars.
Given that I cut my teeth on all of the aforementioned bands and whilst I love me some metal, I also love me a damn good power ballad, I’ve been a bit depressed lately at the seeming lack of good ROCK. It’s all been a bit lacklustre…… until Friday, when I set foot in the former Camden Palace, now KoKo and had my socks quite literally blown off by the combined power of three different Rock bands who between them have got the LA School, The Old School and the Heavily Covered In Tattoos and Looking Awesome School covered. Due to a set of circumstances too complex to explain I spent the night right at the back by the Merch stands, so my photos did not work, but if you really want you can go and look at pictures of the bands and imagine it.
n eager crowd awaits in The House of Blues in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. As Venrez takes the stage, the crowd reverberates with enthusiasm, excitement and anticipation.
Venrez, from Los Angeles, California hosts a vast wealth of talent from Steven (Ven) Berez/vocals, Jason Womack/guitar, Alex Kane/guitar, Michael Bradford/bass and Ed Davis/drums. The band joined Slash for the last three shows of his Apocalyptic Love Tour, beginning in St. Louis, Missouri then rocking over to Park City, Utah, and finishing in fabulous Las Vegas, baby!
Davis and Womack originally played with Juliette Lewis and the Licks, and Kane played as guitarist for LSD (Life Sex and Death) and Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg. Bradford was a childhood friend of Womack’s, and as such was welcomed to the group.
This group’s chemistry brings a sound to album and stage with the essence of “classic rock of the 1970′s meets the grunge movement of the 1990′s.” Berez and Womack have teamed up as a perfect match of songwriter and lyricist. With Womack’s music paired with Berez’s lyrics, be it on the album or live, Venrez has woven a story to tell with each and every one.
The lights go down and in the dark, a guitar chord breaks the silence as Silver and Gold starts the set list, and the show is on. The unmistakable vocals of Berez combined with the chilling sounds from Womack and Kane, the deep bass from Bradford and well crafted drumming from Davis are an amazing beginning for the night. While only performing a seven song set list, Silver and Gold is the perfect prelude.
Yesterday Has Gone and Free Will are the next tunes to follow. Kane entertains the audience with sheer madness at times with his maniacal expressions and extreme guitar skills. Sell The Lie is the title track from their album released in 2012. At this point, the crowd is definitely into the music, and diehard Venrez fans are singing along to every word. Sanctity and Karma are next, and the stage is taken over as The House of Blues in conquered by a group of musicians whose power is unstoppable. Raw energy and emotion, intensity, honest vocals and lyrics–everyone was into the music, and moving with excitement built around the performance. The band is tight and is reflected in the band members response from the crowd. The mutual enjoyment by band and audience feeds the fire of the show, and has each wanting more.
Unforeseen is the latest album release, and the last song of the night. The deep vocals of Berez again is haunting and deep, yet fresh and lyrical. The sound emerging from the stage has some razor-sharp riffs along with a bluesy soulful grunge attack with the ability to make hairs stand on end and a tingle down the spine. This band took the audience by the soul and shook them. Venrez has a presence to none on the stage, and what better presence to start a night of rock than with Venrez.
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VENREZ took the stage and all chances for relaxing stopped for this house was going to rock. – David Kemp The Examiner
Kettering OH – It was a beautiful Southern Ohio day with temperatures in the low 80’s .Mix that with the beautiful surroundings of the Fraze Pavilion and it seemed like it was going to be a nice relaxing night, however that was not to be . VENREZ took the stage and all chances for relaxing stopped for this house was going to rock. Like a rock star of days gone by VENREZ ‘s singer commonly know as Ven commands the stage and ignites the crowd as a formerly sitting audience had to arise to their feet .His vocal prowess shines thru in songs as Ants and Sand and the title track from current release Sell The Lie .One cannot ignore the power of the chemistry of the rest of the band , guitarist Alex Kane who was able to play unencumbered even after breaking a string on the first song and still was able to shine as if is was just minor inconvenience .Also on guitar was longtime Venrez collaborator Jason Womack in shined in his own light with catchy riffs and skillful solos . The rhythm section was completed by the deep bass licks of Michael Bradford and cutting thru on the drums was Ed Davis . The current single is the song Karma for which the band closed the night with . For more information please go tohttp://venreztheband.com and be prepared to rock ..
By – David Kemp
With crazy amounts of charisma, they really drew the crowd up to the stage. I have to admit, vocalist, Steven Berez and guitarist, Alex Kane were fun to watch as they are really animated on stage. – Musician Photo Journal
Sometimes a crowd, a venue or even the acoustics in a room can really change the atmosphere and performance of a show. I’ve never review a band again this quickly but I had such a different perspective this time watching Fuel at the Oneonta Theatre; I felt that it was worth revisiting with a new review. Don’t get me wrong, their show in Utica was good, but it had a completely different vibe and feel that may not be accurate to a typical Fuel show. Bands sometimes have off nights, sometimes there are technical difficulties that effect a performance. It may have been an off night and muffled sound as they came across more grunge during their performance in Utica NY. In the past, I’ve heard Utica being compared to Seattle; I never imagined it could influence a live performance! I can honestly say that I am really lucky to have been invited to catch this tour again.
The Oneonta show really brought back that feel and style I remember Fuel possessing when I first saw and photographed them so many years ago. They were a staple in the modern rock scene and clearly hold to that sound. Led by Brett Scallion once again, he is joined by Andy Andrews rockin’ out on the guitar, Brad Stewart (Shinedown) holding strong with the backbone rhythm on bass and Kenneth Schalk (Candiria) setting the pace behind the drums. Their set was a nice mixture of older favorites as well as some new refreshing songs. Fuel has recorded a new record that is slated to come out later this year. In the meantime, you can catch them on the road this summer and into September.
Preceding Fuel on stage was the Los Angeles based band, Venrez. With crazy amount of charisma, they really drew the crowd up to the stage. I have to admit, vocalist, Steven Berez and guitarist, Alex Kane were fun to watch as they are really animated on stage. No stranger to the scene, Alex is a former member of LSD (Life Sex and Death) and Marky Ramone’s Blizkrieg, while both guitarist Jason Womack and drummer Ed Davis performed with Juliette Lewis and the Licks. Their debut album “Sell The Lie” combines that classic sounds of the 1970’s classic rock with the 1990’s grunge, sounding live in the studio and not over-produced. Their latest single “Karma” has hit the radio stations and it won’t be long before Venrez is a house hold name. This was the last night on this tour for them. They will return home to California as they have several shows booked around Hollywood CA.
Venrez made some new fans during their performance; several concertgoers could be seen walking around with a copy of the album that they purchased at the merchandise booth after the set. – JT The Writer’s Journey
Being the opening act for a popular artist is never easy for a band that is virtually unknown, but Venrez did a spectacular job in that role Tuesday night at the Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville, KY. Playing to a crowd that ranged in age from very young to not quite elderly, Venrez left it all on the stage as they energetically rocked through several original songs that can be found on the band’s Sell The Lie record.
In addition to the original material, lead singer Venrez pays tribute to the Doors and Jim Morrison in between the second and third song while the rest of the band is tuning down. The best crowd reaction came when the band launched into the title track from Sell The Lie. Guitarist Jason Womack provided excellent backing vocals to Venrez’s lead, while guitarist Alex Kane was so full of energy he could barely stand still on the opposite side of the stage. The rhythm section of Michael Bradford and Ed Davis was solid, providing the foundation to some great 1970s-style hard rockers.
Venrez made some new fans during their performance; several concertgoers could be seen walking around with a copy of the album that they purchased at the merchandise booth after the set.
By – JT
Bands Venrez, Fuel, and Big Head Todd & The Monsters played on the Verizon Stage in Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis. The Super Bowl American football game begins Sunday, Feb. 5. Indianapolis, USA. 31st January – 1st February 2012 More photos HERE!