The Spotlight


By Erica Devaney

Who: The Venetia Fair
From:  Boston, MA
For fans of:  You, Me and Everyone We Know, Forgive Durden (Razia’s Shadow Era)

Haven’t heard of The Venetia Fair yet? You’ve been missing out.

Recently, The Venetia Fair was named one of Alternative Press’ 100 Bands You Need To Know, in the new issue out March 5. Why?

The Venetia Fair is like nothing you’ve heard before. And when you see them live, it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. No other band in the scene really compares to The Venetia Fair. You just have to check them out for yourself!

Consisting of Benny Santoro (vocals), Mr. Chark (guitar), Mike Abiuso (bass), Joe Occhiuti (keys) and Chris Constantino (drums), The Venetia Fair is a hardworking and enthusiastic (crazy?!) band.

I first heard of The Venetia Fair at Warped Tour in 2009. I used my last $5 to buy The Circus from the guys. It was the best $5 I could have spent that day. Then in 2011, I was able to see The Venetia Fair play at Warped Tour – and they put on a show unlike any other band I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen hundreds of bands over the years.

The live show is theatrical and chaotic and fun. Everyone is hot and sweaty and no one wants to move around at Warped Tour when it’s 100 degrees out, but the guys were still running around the stage, jumping on keyboards and acting crazy. It’s easy to see how enthusiastic and excited they are to be sharing their music with people, and that’s a crucial trait for bands to have today.

Their first release, The Circus, from June 2009, is a concept album of, you guessed it, a crazy circus with Benny playing the role of ringleader. It’s a wild ride from beginning to end, with catchy beats and quick lyrics you’ll be listening to over and over.

The next release, an EP titled The Pits in June 2011, builds on what the band accomplished on The Circus, and adds some new favorites to the mix, including “The Lady and the Tramp” and a cover of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

If you’re looking for something new and exciting to add to your music collection, The Venetia Fair has a showcase of three excellent albums to choose from. From The Circus to The Pits to Every Sick, Disgusting Thought We’ve Got In Our Brain, the band’s sound has stayed true, but you can hear growth and you get a more complete package on the new album.

Listen to the band’s first single from the new album, “The Day I Set Them Free,” and be sure to check out Every Sick, Disgusting Thought We’ve Got In Our Brain, out March 1!

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1 comment for “The Spotlight

  1. February 27, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Hey Erica,

    Mike Abiuso here of SwitchBitch Records and The Venetia Fair. I just saw the post you did for us (The Venetia Fair) and I really appreciate it! I wanted to inform you that SwitchBitch Records is releasing a free compilation sampler this Friday along side the new TVF record and I was hoping you could do quick news blurb about it on the site. If so here is link to the:
    Press Release PDF:
    Press Release Word Doc:

    I’d like to hear your thoughts regardless!

    Hope all is well.
    Mike Abiuso / SBR / TVF

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