Venrez interview with vocalist Steven ‘Ven’ Berez
This month, Los Angeles based rockers, Venrez will drop their sophomore album, “American Illusion” and spend a few nights on the road opening for Slash. This week, The Examiner caught up with frontman and founder Steven Berez, simply known as, Ven. We talked about the new album, the band’s musical style, and his feelings about the responsibility of young musicians and the use of their talents.
Venrez was born almost by accident when someone heard Berez singing in his own home. There’s opportunity knocking on the door. The band name Venrez comes from the last three letters of the vocalist’s first and last name. The band’s debut album, “Sell the Lie” made some ripples on the underground scene with its 70’s foundation and 90s overtones. Guitarist Jason Womack has a love of The Jesus and Mary Chain, and all manner of bands which influenced their sound. He stands as the band’s primary writer, who brings his riffs and ideas to Ven to complete.
The remainder of Venrez is comprised of guitarist Alex Kane, bassist Michael Bradford, and drummer Ed Davis. The quintet has poured its sweat, swagger and energy into “American Illusion”, something that can be heard and felt on the album’s first single, “Unforeseen”.
“‘Unforeseen,’ is my favorite track on the LP. It’s brutally heavy and demanding to play right. It’s At the Drive In meets Alice in Chains, and really reflects the experiences we’ve had touring the world together. It’s about a guy we met backstage on tour in France, Phillippe. He was so wasted but so happy too. He was all about embracing the moment maybe more than anyone I’ve ever met, and inspired me to put pen to paper. He did ultimately get kicked out of the venue for crapping in the sink of the women’s toilet…but who hasn’t at least once?!”
The video on the other hand, which was directed by Natalie Bible, deals with drug addiction. You can view and hear “Unforeseen” below.
You can check out our full interview with Ven below, hear his thoughts on the new record, and even get his take on Justin Beiber and what he views as the irresponsibility of many of today’s young musicians.