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10 years after the release of our first holiday album "Christmas with Venice", we've released a new acoustic Christmas album, "Waves of Christmas". All your favorite holiday songs performed as only Venice can perform them. Winter Classics kissed by the California sun. Harmonies, which at times are reminiscent of classic Beach Boys. If you liked the first Venice Christmas album...you're sure to LOVE the new one. Happy Holidays! Venice
Southern California Band Venice Uses
Obama's Future Palm Springs Neighborhood
as Inspiration for New Album, "Into the Morning Blue"
“No, we didn’t actually stay at his house,” clarifies Venice’s guitarist/vocalist, and the album’s producer, Michael Lennon. “But it was pretty cool to be in the same gated community where the 44th president of the United States will be walking his dog in the near future.”
Nestled on the side of the mountains, in a friend’s house, with panoramic views of the desert palm trees below, the four Lennons kept things within the family while writing songs for their upcoming release. Kipp Lennon explains, “Usually we collaborate a bit more with outside writers, but this time, in the midst of the divided and uncertain state of our country, we reached inward and wrote 90% of all the new songs ourselves.”
On the heels of their critically acclaimed covers album, “Brunch Buffet,” Venice was ready to speak from their own hearts again. This is most evident in the two songs they wrote about the bittersweet experience of losing their fathers. The title track, “Into the Morning Blue,” recalls the day that brothers Mark and Michael Lennon lost their father. Mark recalls, “It was a surreal, beautiful fall morning in Venice, California, that brought some of the darkest news any child can hear: Our Dad was gone.” Mark and Michael’s cousins, Kipp and Pat Lennon (who are brothers to each other), shared a similar experience. As Pat explains, “and ‘Sunrise (August of ’69)’ is about the day after we lost OUR father, and the weeks and months of family healing that followed.”
But the album also shows the brighter side of Venice, with songs like, “A Dance by the River,” which tells the story of a night on the town in Budapest during the world tour of Roger Waters’ “The Wall,” a tour that Venice members proudly lent their vocal harmonies to. And “A Wealthy Man,” which speaks of the riches of real love with a spouse or with family members. The first single, “Doesn't Get Any Better Than This,” is an uplifting anthem (with a hint of irony) about staying in the moment, and it was the first of all the new songs to be written.
One thing is for sure, that this new album is quintessential Venice, with their signature vocal harmonies layered over soulful tracks that seem to ooze Southern California sunshine. If you’re in need of some of that sunshine, then you owe it to yourself to check out “Into the Morning Blue,” on Lennon Records/M.A.R.S. Worldwide, when it’s released on April 14, 2017.
VENICE - “Brunch Buffet - Tasty Covers” (Lennon Records 2016)
Over the years, when people have asked the members of Venice who their musical influences are, they’ve felt funny merely stating the obvious few -- CSNY, The Eagles, The Beach Boys, etc. -- because sometimes it might have only been one song from an artist that moved them or flipped a switch in their creative brains, but not necessarily the entire catalogue. That’s how Venice’s new CD, “Brunch Buffet” came about, as a great way to answer that question once and for all, with a cover album revealing the diversity of their musical influences. “Yes, those West Coast vocal harmony bands obviously helped shape our sound,” says vocalist Mark Lennon, “but this album isn’t only about the classic rock or California coast influences. It’s also everything from music of our parents’ generation to singer/songwriters like Shawn Colvin. We cover Keane on this album, and they’re a British band from the 2000's. It's all the same to us, because our music is not only about the 60’s and 70’s, it's about great songs and artists from any time or place.” And while many older artists helped build Venice’s foundation, newer artists along the way have naturally influenced their journey forward, resulting in a familiar but ever evolving Venice sound. “Ultimately, 'Brunch Buffet' only includes SOME of our favorite songs by SOME of our favorite artists,” guitarist/producer Michael Lennon adds. “In putting together an album of what we considered 'Tasty Covers,' we realized that no matter what songs end up in this collection, we’ll always have second thoughts that we didn’t do song X or Y by artist Z. So I guess we’ll just have to record another album so that we can visit those there! ‘Supper Smorgasbord - Tasty Covers Part 2!’ “
After two short trips to Hideaway Hill in Vista, California, its finally here. The new mini album from the Magnificent 7 Venice line up, "Lucky 7 - Part 1".
If you've received our prior newsletters, I'm sure you've heard about the reuniting of Venice's line up from the 1990's. But since we're adding new subscribers all the time, let me enlighten the unenlightened....
The M7 (Magnificent Seven) Venice lineup was responsible for creating the first official self-titled release "Venice" on Modern/Atlantic Records. co-writing and playing on such classic songs as "All My Life," "Pushed Her Too Far," "Hideaway Hill" and "People Laugh." The same lineup is largely responsible for the follow up releases of the Garage Demos, Part 1, 2 and 3, helping create song like "Rivers Never Run," "The Only Love I Had," "Washington and Lincoln," and "If I were You"...favorites amongst the true Venice fans.
After those albums, and lots of touring together in support of those albums, a few of our members moved out of California and on to other things; our former drummer Scott Crago is currently touring with a little band known as The Eagles and our former keyboardist Monroe Jones has a Grammy for an album he produced in Nashville.
Having stayed in touch over the past 25 years; the original 7 members decided to reunite and spend a couple weeks living together, eating together, drinking together, laughing together...and most importantly playing music together. The first trip was in November of 2014, when we wrote and recorded a bunch of song ideas that we all took home and lived with over the holidays until our second adventure in January of 2015, when we finished writing and cutting basic tracks for seven songs. The "Lucky 7 - Part 1" mini album is the result of our two retreats to Hideaway Hill.
Venice's alter ego, THE PINE MOUNTAINS LOGS is one of the most unique cover bands in the world.
This brand new concert DVD, "LIVE & ON FIRE", features more than 2 hours of high energy Rock n Roll , crazy medleys combining bizarre songs together and lots of Logs humor.....all in front of a SOLD OUT crowd at the legendary Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA.
VENICE - WHAT SUMMER BRINGS - CD
Here's a preview of the album:
VENICE - LIVE AND AMPLIFIED - CD
An awesome live concert CD. Covering songs from the first album all the way up to 2008. Recorded in Holland. Mixed and Mastered by Michael Lennon.
VENICE - HOME GROWN - CD/DVD
Live concert Carre DVD with "Best Of" CD...Bonus Disk. This combo is the same price as our previously released 'Live at the Royal Carre Theater" DVD but includes the bonus CD.
YES! Venice is coming to a record player near you!
For those of you who miss the sound of the needle hitting the record we finally have a treat for you...it's a double album of the mellower side of Venice titled, "Venetian Vinyl". It's a partnership between Lennon Records and Sony's Music On Vinyl distribution.
The band sat together for days, choosing our favorite acoustic based tracks from previous albums...then we sequenced them in an order that we think really flows...giving you a compilation album you can put on, then kick back on the couch, kick your shoes off, grab your favorite beverage and relax while we massage your ear drums with what we feel is the best of our vocal harmonies and vibey tracks we've created to date.
A VENICE CHRISTMAS - LIVE DVD/CD
Live, Acoustic Christmas Concert double disc DVD/CD. Filmed in a beautiful church in Holland. Multicamera shoot. Stereo Audio. A great stocking stuffer! Available now! Click on "DVD".....or buy at one of the Christmas shows!