Venice on Fire - (An Open Door May) Tempt A Saint

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VENICE ON FIRE - (An Open Door May) Tempt A Saint

Video clip by Venice On Fire for (An Open Door May) Tempt A Saint, from the album Tempt A Saint, available from June 10.

Director: Akiva Ljungström
Cast: Tama James

Special thanks to Philip Collins for use of the roof of old Westpac building in Toowoomba.

Venice On Fire is: Tom Gillespie, Jarrod Hall and Darcy Cavanough.
Song mixed and mastered by Cory Judd.


When most people hear the name of Toowoomba rock band Venice on Fire, they nearly always ask about the name. “It is possibly one of the dumbest jokes we came up with – Venice is a city surrounded by water, so why not set it alight?” guitarist Tom Gillespie joked.

This simple and direct approach has been the cornerstone of the alternative-rock trio, who are set to drop their debut album Tempt A Saint in 2017.

Forming in mid-2014 the country town of Roma, 450km west of Brisbane, the band is made up of Tom Gillespie, bassist Jarrod Hall and drummer Darcy Cavanough. Citing a variety of influences such as Rise Against, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Violent Soho, Foo Fighters and the Verve, the boys set about writing songs with an edgy tone and pop sensibility.

The product was their first EP, Home, written and named about the transient nature of their lives. The lead single ‘Kids Next Door’, generated plenty of attention on YouTube for an unsigned and relatively unknown band, thanks to production work from Cory Judd of A Night In Texas fame.

Having relocated to the Garden City last year, Venice On Fire spent much of 2016 writing the nine tracks that ended up on Tempt A Saint. The group reunited with Judd for the new album and took a more political approach to songwriting, with several songs a commentary on modern life and society.

Amping up the aggression for the lead single ‘(An Open Door May) Tempt A Saint’, Jarrod said the track was one of his favourites on the album.

“The song was just so direct and to the point, yet it takes plenty of twists and turns with the song-writing – I just love playing it live,” he said.
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