From my outsider perspective, I thought Huntington Beach was primarily populated by “skate-logo-clad teens and meth-addled Nazi skins,” as Rich Kane put it in a recent post in our sister blog, Navel Gazing. So what a nice surprise when I came across Venus Infers, from HB but practitioners of a sound that alternates between dreamy pop and more rollicking garage rock. They cite Kasabian and Razorlight among their influences, and much more closely resemble than the punk rock commonly associated with the area.
Their CD release show is tonight at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa. They'll be performing with the Coral Sea and Free Lions, and celebrating the release of their record, The Truth ( About Venus Infers). This isn't their only recent high-profile gig: They opened up for Chris Cornell at the House of Blues in Anaheim late last month.
If you can't make it there tonight (though, come on! it's only $6!), Venus Infers are also playing at next Saturday's big soundDowntown festival in Santa Ana, and Nov. 21 at SlideBar in Fullerton.
We've written about Venus Infers before; in a 2006 Locals Only during their incarnation as an apparently strongly Blonde Redhead-esque act with a female singer, and earlier this year, again in Locals Only, after their release of a six song EP.