In the past 6 years since the release of Venaculas’ self-titled debut five-song EP, the band has seen their fan base and critical acclaim grow. Venaculas was highlighted twice in the national magazine, Album Network, as the Midwest regional “breakout band,” had three consecutive CDs become top selling CDs of 2001 thru 2005 for the Homers Record Store chain (1st in 2005 and 2004, 2nd in 2003, 2nd in 2002, and 3rd in 2001), appeared regularly on the CIMS and Aggro national charts, had five songs added to rotation at radio stations throughout the Midwest, such as KIWR 89.7 (Council Bluffs, IA/Omaha, NE), KAZR (Des Moines, IA), and KSEZ (Sioux City, IA), had two songs placed in the feature film “Treasure of the Seven Mummies” (summer 2005 release), and five songs placed in the motorcycle documentary, “Ride on the Edge.”
All the while, Venaculas’ fan base has been spreading beyond the Midwest (recently the band has been highlighted and reviewed in magazines located in France, Germany and Italy) as the band continues to perform to sold-out concerts and share the stage with bands such as Saliva, Sevendust, Puddle of Mudd, 10 Years, Powerman 5000, Primer 55, The Urge, Jackyl, Kottonmouth Kings, Soil, hed(PE), Phunk Junkeez and more.
Less than a year after their first live performance the band went into the studio and in one day recorded what was to be a five-song demo. The band gave an advance copy to Capone, disk jockey for KIWR. Capone was so impressed with the bands energetic, positive-vibe performance that one week after receiving the CD, he began spinning the band’s anthem-oriented “Shut Up” on his popular primetime radio program and asked listeners to call in and express their opinions. The station’s telephone lines lit up with mass approval, prompting the DJ to add “Shut Up,” along with the band’s equally infectious “Jump,” to his daily play list.
The bands latest release “Therapy,” already has had two songs in heavy rotation at KIWR (Council Bluffs, IA/Omaha, NE) with “Decisions” and “Fly.” Currently “Out of Time” is receiving airplay on stations throughout Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa and has been the #1 selling CD for the Homers record store chain and earned a #19 position on the national CIMS chart since its 1/31/05 release.
Venaculas’ music can only be described as raw, explosive energy that showcases the band’s youth, honesty, gut-wrenching vocals and memorable guitar hooks. With a unique combination of aggro, metal and hip-hop the band appeals to many different fans all ranging from 10 years of age to 40.
Distributed with permission.