Message to Venus: Universal You

Posted: May 14, 2014 in Nationals I'd love to see tour in Denver
Tags: , , , , , ,

So I frequently listen to the Music Choice channels on TV and fairly often, I can be found listening to the rock channel. A few months ago I heard this song and thought it sounded a little familiar but I was really into it. That particular song was “Stripped“, originally by Depeche Mode. I’ll be totally honest, I’m not a huge Depeche Mode fan but the way Message to Venus covered this song gave it an entirely different feel. They keep some of the core elements of the song, but give it (in my opinion) a little bit of a darker emotional feel. I love it and that was the song that first made me notice Message to Venus.

I checked out other songs by them, enjoyed what I heard, and after realizing the potential, I followed them on Twitter. Now, I’ve mentioned it is a big deal to me when bands actually acknowledge me and appreciate the fact that I enjoy their music. These guys sent me a message to check out their music right when I followed them. I know, you’re thinking “Um, a lot of bands do that” but when I responded and said I’d actually heard and enjoyed some stuff, they RESPONDED back, thanking me for my support and sending me a link to a free download. When I shared them for a new music Monday feature, they retweeted and replied again thanking me for spreading the word. Not a ton of effort, but something that goes a long way for me and that a lot of bands don’t take the time to do.

Their Reverbnation bio reads as follows” Stirring inuences ranging from the aura of Tool, the innovation of The Mars Volta and the classic presentation of Led Zeppelin into a melting pot of melodic heaviness, Florida-based Puerto Rico-native rockers Message To Venus have risen to the forefront of the independent music scene, drawing comparisons to established acts such as The Deftones, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. Making their first official mark on the music scene in 2011 with the release of their debut single “Universal You”, from the subsequent EP The Envelope, M2V were warmly welcomed by rock fans from around the globe. Praised by established artists such as Godsmack and Halestorm, receiving weekly spins at Octane and MusicChoice (among many others) and being featured in the motion picture The Witness (El Testigo) have all added to the band’s growing portfolio of accomplishments. Feeling as though fate was nudging them in a specic direction, the members of Message To Venus made the decision to relocate to Miami, Florida in order to continue to promote their music, as well as to record their debut full-length album, Victims & Villains. “Puerto Rico is beautiful… it’s our home”, explains guitarist John Feliciano. “We play there as often as we can, but in order to expand globally we want to be planted on soil where touring opportunities are more frequent.” 

I implore you to check them out! I’ll share my favorite of their songs, “Universal You” with you. Also find them at any of the pages linked below.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s