Milo de Venus
[Surfin' 'N' Slidin' by Dan Forte - Vintage Guitar - April 2004] The self-titled CD by Santa Fe's Milo De Venus starts innocently enough, with 'Little Big Hair,' a simple, catchy little surf rocker. But by the third track, 'Goddess of Sloth,' you get the feeling that if you went to see the group play and requested 'Wipe Out,' you'd be more embarrassed than the band, who would probably stare you down and then break into something like 'The Ed Tube' - punk energy, squawking fuzz guitar, and an inescapable, mantra-like bass line. Or the melodic 'The Last Dance' - understated and moody while eschewing self-conscious lounginess. Revolving around guitarist Jason Goodyear and bassist Susan Holmes (with Mark Clark and Jon Gagan alternating on drums), Milo De Venus has carved it's own niche in the sea of instrumental surf and lounge bands. It doesn't sound as though it consciously resisted falling into either camp as much as it simply created it's own. There's a sparseness, with the guitar tones sounding like the amp is never cranked beyond 3, with more emphasis on grooves than virtuosity, and a welcome sense of humor - like the Jew's harp tone Goodyear gets in the middle of the funky 'Nonsequitor.' And he answers the Plungers' 'Spring Break' with 'Tremolo King,' inspired, he writes, by love - 'the love of a good man for his Roland tremolo pedal.' Well, someone had to have the courage to say it. [Sonic Reducer by Michael Henningsen - Weekly Alibi - 7.31.2003] There's almost nothing I love more than good instrumental rock. More often than not lyrics and voices turn out to be hindrances rather than help. Even Freddie Mercury claimed to hate the sound of the human voice. So it's no surprise that Santa Fe's Milo de Venus is my kind of band. And the fact that many of their melodies resemble Monkees songs makes me want to hug them all over. A bit of surf, a touch of instrumental Meat Puppets and just a pinch of Camper Van Beethoven when they weren't fighting each other for the spotlight. Damn fine. [SFR Picks by Jonanna Widner - Santa Fe Reporter - 3.17.2004] Good reviews, a healthy love of surf-music revivalism, a CD cover with a photo of a suggestive pile of hot dogs - these are the things that make a band a wise choice for a Firday night out. But even minus the sausages, consider Milo de Venus an excellent sleeper band - they've slipped under the Santa Fe radar for a while now, despite their sparse, reverb-y, catchy sound - definitely rooted in surf music, but with a quirky twist. Think Dick Dale on a weird day . . . no, wait, that's Frank Black. Think an offhand mashup of 'Wipeout' and the Muffs, swirled together with a capful of NyQuil.