The Venetia Fair “…Basically Just Does Karaoke” EP Review

Having put out their self-released full-length album in March 2013, Boston natives, The Venetia Fair, have recently released a cover EP titled “…Basically Just Does Karaoke,” this past Christmas eve, which consists of six songs varying everything from pop, new wave to post-hardcore. Six fans chose the songs as part of a prize package they received for donating to The Venetia Fair’s kickstarter campaign which ultimately funded their 2013 release of “Every Sick Disgusting Thought We’ve Got In Our Brain.”

Kicking off the EP is The Venetia Fair’s rendition of Queen’s 1975 hit single “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Here the band definitely gives the listener a completely different perspective to this song, having heard the original version beforehand, this version was a nice surprise that incorporated the bands unique sound while still holding on to some aspects of this Queen classic. Next up is “Come on Eileen,” originally performed by Dexy’s Midnight Runner, which was probably one of the more easier ones to adjust to. The Venetia Fair does a wonderful job of staying true to the original song while frontman Benny Santoro adds a bit of dramatically sung vocals giving “Come on Eileen” a musically appealing boost. This next song I must say is not my cup of tea at all, but I applaud The Venetia Fair in attempting to make it semi bearable to hear. “Rock Lobster” by The B52s is quite an act to take in and The Venetia Fair definitely handled it well, all I can say is that unless you’re a fan of the original (in which case I would highly recommend this version to you) this may not be the song for you.

With that being said, we move on to a more tolerable choice, “Jesus of Suburbia” by Green Day. It’s hard to think that anyone can make Green Day sound bad and this case is no different, if anything The Venetia Fair made this song even more enjoyable than it already was, certainly making this song a plus in my music library. Taking a turn into the more rock/hardcore genre and rounding out EP, we have “Camouflage, Camouflage” by The Blood Brothers and “The Willing Well III: Apollo II: The Telling Truth” by Coheed and Cambria. Although these are two very different songs, The Venetia Fair did a wonderful job in making them their own and staying faithful to the original songs.

The Venetia Fair is currently on the Substance Sequence tour with A Lot Like Birds, Sianvar, and Stolas. Head over to their Facebook page to check out their tour dates. You can also pick up their EP as well as their full-length on iTunes. If you’re a fan of any of the songs mentioned above you won’t be disappointed!

 -Annette V.


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