Classic Covers: Neonfly – “Venus” (original by Shocking Blue)

Now this is my kind of cover version. Stamping their own boot firmly on the recognisable classic “Venus”, Neonfly have made it dirty and gritty where the original was more light and disco… and it works. Having the stunning Dani Divine feature in the video (and on the song itself) also helps!

Neonfly have announced their worldwide signing with German powerhouse label Noble Demon, who will release the band’s highly anticipated upcoming full length record, The Future, Tonight, on June 18th.

In anticipation of the upcoming full-length release, Neonfly have forged a creative relationship with renowned Instagram star and fetish goddess, Dani Divine, who graces and defines the band’s brand new single and music video: a cover of the 1970’s Shocking Blue classic “Venus” accompanied by a tongue in cheek video homage to female empowerment. The Neonfly cover track was produced by Grammy award nominated producer Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me The Horizon, Motörhead), with keyboards and orchestra produced by Miro Rodenberg (Avantasia, Kamelot) and the video features a stand-out performance from the divine Ms Divine who gives the band short shrift throughout. Furthermore, and even if you don’t expect it, Dani not only shines with a breathtaking performance, but also makes her vocal debut in “Venus”, which gives the whole song a very special and unforgettable touch:

When I first heard about the idea, I was psyched about the song choice! I have a thing for sexy metal covers of cheesy songs. This was my first time professionally recording vocals, and I enjoyed it so much! Shooting the video with the guys was a full day of non-stop hilarious shenanigans – all the while channelling my inner ‘Venus’ dressed head to toe in latex. – Dani Divine

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Furthermore Frederick Thunder adds:

Last year during lockdown, we were releasing some fan-picked acoustic covers on YouTube, and this was one of the songs that was suggested. I started working on the arrangement, messing around with some ideas on the acoustic guitar… I like to mess around with covers. I like to come up with my own version, and to offer something different and unique, rather than just a carbon copy of the original. So I came up with some really metal riffs, and then I came up with this dark, moody interlude in the middle, and I thought: ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if I wrote a little paragraph and managed to convince Dani Divine to play the part of Venus in the song? But then we’d have to do a full band cover of this, not just an acoustic…’ so I texted Dani, told her about the idea… and on the music video you can see exactly what happened next!

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