Venus Furs is the project of Montreal artist Paul Kasner. Venus Furs is gearing up to release the debut, self-produced LP in 2020. Paul has been touring Venus Furs with a live band since 2018, with highlights including supporting The Horrors, The Twilight Sad, Acid Dad, and others.
Venus Furs’ new single “Guards In The Garden” was influenced by 60s/90s brit-pop and lyrically inspired by windy late night drives, decaying urban infrastructure, and passionate affairs. Listen to the new track and read our conversation with Venus Furs below!
Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind “Guards in the Garden”?
Lyrically, Guards in the Garden was written with stream-of-conscious lyrics inspired by late night drives, decaying urban infrastructure, and classic literature (“so I call on my muse, but she was less than amused…”), about a secret love affair. Musically, the song was inspired by bands like The Kinks, Oasis, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
How has your community contributed to your success?
Montreal gave me countless opportunities to perform and hone my writing, and there are so many creative and talented artists here (not just music), that the energy has also pushed me to further develop my writing.
What advice would you give other musicians?
Play as much as you can, but always make sure to play what you think is great, not what you think others will want to hear.
Describe to our audience your music-making process.
I typically write lyrics and music separately, with stream-of conscious lyrics often written late at night. When I play an instrument (guitar or piano), I’ll inevitably start to noodle around and if I’m lucky something good will come of it. And if not, what could be a better way to pass some time?
This single is part of an album that I recorded over a five year period, so to be able to finally begin releasing music was a huge relief.
If you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?
What first got you interested into music?
I come from a musical family, it was around me all the time, but I have an uncle who shares musical taste with me, and as soon as I heard bands like Oasis and The Dandy Warhols as a kid, I knew music was for me.