In a testament to persistence and mental resilience Dances return with the excellent Venus Figurine. After their debut album Dances had a falling out internally as well as with their label, leaving frontman Trevor Vaz to fend for himself. In the midst of the band’s turmoil, his personal struggles with addiction and OCD, Vaz pulled something really special together on Venus Figurine. Vaz and co. have created a new label collective “Jubilee Gang” with Venus Figurine as the first release.
In comparison to 2015’s Keep Talking, it’s instantly much more “in your face” than “in the garage.” It’s real produced indie-rock with deep growling bass, string arrangements, larger than life drums and slick electric guitars. Tracks like “Washed up on the Shore” and “Imitator” stick out and bring a huge rock ’n’ roll energy – especially live. While tracks like “Stretcher,” “Never Sexier Than When I’m Alone” and “Sleeves” show their more melody driven and tranquil side.
Venus Figurine is out now via Jubilee Gang – “to make sure the money doesn’t go to some guy in a room.”