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Venus Ray

Created in London, England in 1996, indie rock-band Venus Ray began like a collaboration between multi-instrumentalist Diggory Kenrick and Steve Smith (b. Britain, d. 9 Apr 2002; drums/vocals). Quickly afterwards, two extra multi-instrumental talents became a member of the fledgling device, Robert Coyne (ex-Silver Section) and Barney Oliver (who transcribed the Velvet Underground’s ‘Sister Ray’ for any 30-piece orchestra in the Queen Elizabeth Hall). With each member adding to songwriting, Venus Ray released ‘Voyage TOWARDS THE Moon’ in 1999, as well as the EP, YOUR DAY THE PLANET EARTH Stood Still. By enough time their debut recording made an appearance in 2001 Venus Ray experienced added their 5th member, Tony Thewlis (ex-Scientists). As opposed to the strategy of their garage area rock and roll compatriots, the music on Chuck Berry Vs. IBM frequently strayed into fully-fledged art-rock. All of a sudden, midway through classes for Venus Ray’s second recording, Smith tragically passed away. Although understandably grief stricken, the music group made a decision to soldier on, completing the songs and issuing them on 2003’s The Globe Woke Up Without Me, that was focused on their previous bandmate.

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