Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Destination Venus - Billy No Mates
Destination Venus (no prizes for guessing where they got their name from) are from Biddulph/Stoke and formed in 1993. They released a split 7" in that year with The Living Dead and were part of a 4 band compilation on German label High Society International Records in 1994. '96 saw Smoking Troll Records release their Rot n Roll album and it was back to H.S.I. Records a couple of years later for the follow up album, Speak Up Brown ... You're Mumbling. Following an appearance at Morecambe's Holidays In The Sun Festival in 2001 they called it a day.
And that was that.
Until a brief chat in 2011 led to them giving it another go. Their comeback gigs went down well enough that the reunion became permanent and this led to a brand new album titled All Aboard The Good Ship Venus. You can listen to some of the songs here : https://www.reverbnation.com/destinationvenus1/songs
The current line up features Rob Lad (lead guitar/backing vocals), Kev Kirkham (bass/backing vocals), Crabby Venus (vocals), Rick "Rocket" Wright (drums/backing vocals) and Paul Lindop (rhythm guitar/backing vocals). Original bassist Stu Marsden is now a member of the excellent Wolf Bites Boy.
Next up for the guys will be an appearance supporting The Subhumans at the Underground in Hanley on Nov 4th and they'll follow that up with a special charity Christmas single in aid of Douglas MacMillan Hospice. Titled I Just Can't Wait For Christmas, there'll be a vinyl version as well as digital downloads.
The new album has seen them compared with the likes of The Toy Dolls, The Dickies and Sloppy Seconds and the song I'm posting is called Billy No Mates....