By Rayme Samuels
Getting their start in the early 90’s playing underground Warhol-esque parties in Miami, the guys of People from Venus rose to stardom in their previous incarnation as a band called “Muse.” After getting signed to Atlantic Records, they toured North America with Perry Farrell, The Cure, and Bush, but parted ways with the music giant in order to stay true to their own vision.
While they want to keep the story behind their new name a secret for now, it’s quite obvious that band mates Paul Isaac (vocals/guitar/synthesizer), Gerson Lima (guitars/synthesizer), Ari Eisenstein (bass/keyboards) and Ben Belin (drums) are onto something special once again.
After a break from the stage after leaving Atlantic, it wasn’t long before all members of the group returned to Miami Beach and put together new songs. Creating music for them is all about teamwork and they admit that once a song begins to take shape, they let it tell them where it wants to go. Their first hit “Lipstick,” an urgent punk explosion with an almost extraterrestrial quality, got them noticed by SPIN Magazine who voted People from Venus one of seven “Undiscovered Bands Worth a Listen.”
Regulars at White Room and Ray Milian’s cutting edge Off The Radar parties, these guys are truly excited about the future of the Miami scene. “I think the people here are exciting and open. I love this punky pop thing that’s developed. You can hear it in our band’s sound- that’s for sure,” said Isaac.
After recently wrapping production on their new video for “Lipstick,” the band will enjoy its premiere on the SPIN magazine website. And just for kicks, these guys plan to tour in Europe for the summer months. As Isaac puts it best, “the future is wild.”
Visit the band’s website at www.myspace.com/peoplefromvenus.