“I had a really weird dream,” Perla Martinez starts off with as she describes how the band name came about, “I was in the ocean, and there were waves crashing with all the sea foam and seaweed- all the wash up, and I see my hand bleeding, I don’t know, maybe a seashell cut me. I’m bleeding into the ocean and something really random happens, a penis pops up- it’s just floating about and the ocean just carries it away with my blood and everything.”
Unknowingly, Perla had dreamt up the great the birth of the Roman goddess Venus. While everyone had their interpretation of the dream- and the band name that should come out of it (Venus and the Tramps was thrown around), it was ultimately Venus and the Traps that stuck around.
The relatively young East Valley band has only been in existence for about 6 months, yet its becomes obvious that they have known each other for much longer when you listen to the eclectic jams they put out. There’s Perla Martinez on guitar and vocals, singing, sometimes screaming words in perfect harmony as James Montenegro lays down a heavy bass and occasionally joins in on the powerful vocals. There’s Eddy Lazcano on playing the guitar with such ease and proficiency, interestingly enough he grew up playing in a mariachi band. Lastly, there is Moy Sanchez on drums, keeping the groovy rhythm that dares you to get up and move around.
Wonderfully synched up, this band is a great live act. When asked about live performances Perla is very real, “some days you’re just in a bad mood too whether it be ‘whoremones’ or whatever,” she says half jokingly. She also talks about the therapeutic aspect of performing and releasing some endorphins on stage- and there’s no doubt the audience will too as the music lends itself to plenty of dancing and moshing around.
All Words by Luisa Marielli
Catch Venus & Traps live this Friday at the Mary Pickford Theater
for The Coachella Valley Art Scene + 99.5FM’s event!!!
Venus & the Traps start at 5:30pm, movie begins at 7:30pm.
Mary Pickford Theater 36-850 Pickfair St. Cathedral City, CA