Venerea started out as Venereal Disease in Falkenberg (Sweden) back in 1991 and covered classic eighties punkers such as the Hard-Ons, Gang Green, Bad Religion, and of course the Ramones, as well as some punked-up metal covers.
The first thirty self-penned numbers or so were cut for the two legendary (yeah right…) demos, ”From Beer To Eternity” (’92), & ”The Second Cuming of Venereal Disease” (’93), that attracted enough attention to get them their first record deal.
Before recording the first of three mini-cd’s for the now defunct Swedish label Brööl, the band shortened their moniker to Venerea, the name of a rocket that the US were supposed to have sent up in the sixties to penetrate the planet Venus and find out what it is made of. ”Hullabaloo” (’94) is one of the worst debuts ever released, and is now out of print forever and ever, amen. The band recorded two more MCD:s for the Brööl label, the classic ”Shake Your Booty” (’95) & the ill-fated ”Swollen” (’96) before deciding it was time to move on.
After considering several offers from European labels they decided to go with German label Gift Of Life. The first thing they did was to re-release the “Shake your booty” album with the “Swollen” songs on it as well making it a fullength record, a record that in it`s various formats have sold more than 15000 copies so far.
The first proper full-length album ”Both Ends Burning” (Gift Of Life, ’97) was released and more European tours followed in support of this album and eventually the band started to work with new material. Unfortunately the Gift Of Label ran into economical problems along the way and folded only a year or so after this release.
Two more fullength albums was recorded and released, “Losing Weight, Gaining Ground” (Renate / Community Records ‘00) and “Out In The Red” (People Like You / Century Media ’03). Plenty of touring followed in support of these records, both as headliners, together with Ten Foot Pole and also as a part of the Vans Off The Wall tour with Ignite, SNFU, Deviates and Powerhouse.
The band have just finished recording their still untitled new album which will be out on Bad Taste Records on the 18th of April.