VENUS LOON's Peter Lawson Talks of Music, Creativity and More!

 


Progressive rocker VENUS LOON  is run by Peter Lawson, whom has released content on both namesakes. Currently working on a solo album expected soon, with possible plans to someday play live! He talks of much greater things involving said acts, and what is ahead for the future.

 

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

The “Peter Lawson” releases are just me; I play all the instruments, albeit with a drum machine, rather than an acoustic drum kit. I took up solo recording during the pandemic as, for obvious reasons, I couldn’t play within a band, although it was a completely new experience and I’m still learning with regard to DAW software etc., hence my recordings are truly analogue. Prior to the pandemic I have been in many bands over the years either as a singer or guitarist or both. However, my band days are over due to severe hearing loss. The initial “Venus Loon” albums were just me also, although Wolfgang Ostermann, an excellent drummer based in Germany, joined me on two albums, “Havoc” and “Pandora’s Paradox”. Wolfgang also produced the latter.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Venus Loon is a TRex song from their album Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow. I’ve always been a TRex fan 

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

I’m based in Manchester, UK and Wolfgang is based in Michelbach, Germany; we’ve never actually met in person! Our music scene is the internet and of course there’s huge numbers of bands out there, including the excellent OOB Records label stable fraternity.

4. How would you describe your style?

It leans towards Progressive Rock, although that varies from release to release. There’s also bits of folk music in there somewhere!

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

Several albums under the Peter Lawson and Venus Loon names, which can currently be found here: https://peterlawson.bandcamp.com. People can expect something that is wholly original in terms of composition, which is designed to be different from the dirge of the digitally recorded mainstream. The albums are all loosely themed and the tracks are chronological to that end.  

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Yes, I’m currently working on a solo album, provisionally titled “Two Quarks for Muster Mark”; Wolfgang and I will hopefully be partnering up again at the end of 2024 to produce another Venus Loon album. These will be exclusively released via the OOB Records label.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Unfortunately, due to the nature and logistics of the recordings, that isn’t currently possible, although it would be fabulous if we could one day!

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

As mentioned, I’m hoping to finish a solo album in a few months time and there will be another Venus Loon album in 2025.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

https://oob-records.com/
https://peterlawson.bandcamp.com

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

That my/our recordings are entirely DIY, but drawn from a vast experience of playing in bands, as well as my/our love of Prog music and “Krautrock”. Neither Wolfgang nor I were aiming for “easy listening”, rather something that is more unorthodox.

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