The Berklee-based five piece, Sounds of Venus, took to the stage at the Red Room @ Café 939 on Friday night, and they never looked back. After a few chants of “Sounds of Venus!”, a crowd of mostly students of the craft as well as enthusiasts, locked their eyes and ears on the ensemble the second the band started tuning. The group, anchored by lead singer, Paige Califano, lists an interesting range of influences from Björk to Radiohead, which was certainly evident in their unique sound. Focusing on contrapuntal harmony between Paige and keyboardist/guitarist /trombonist-extraordinaire, Nick Susi, Venus had the most riveting set on the bill.
The band’s emphasis for the evening, was promoting their new single, “Time”, which is the song they chose to begin their hour-long journey. A song reminiscent of OK Computer-era Radiohead, driven by a textured and minimalist electric piano progression. Following an intro that featured lead guitarist, Logan Coats, the band began a temporally diverse set that had the crowd dancing and reflecting the whole night.
One of the songs that stood out was “Conviction”, which is Sounds of Venus’ most affecting tune as it is a study on the impact of soft dynamics and allowing Califano to display her vocal prowess. Another one of their tracks that had the audience clapping in fives was the groovy, “Go On”. A walking bass line from Mario Borgatta and a danceable beat from Drummer Josh Canevari drove this metric wonder from start to finish.
Sounds of Venus is one of the more affable bands around Boston, and their set was tight. Definitely check this quintet out if you’re in the area.
Submitted by Matt Cronin