Venom Prison’s Larissa Stupar: The 10 songs that changed my life

Venom Prison vocalist Larissa Stupar shares her love for nu-metal, sk8er bois and being a big ol’ emo.

Venom Prison’s Larissa Stupar: The 10 songs that changed my life
Nick Ruskell
Jenn Five

Venom Prison singer Larissa Stupar has a history. One involving an emo phase, sneaking out to skate parks, and nu-metal anthems…

The first song that I remember hearing...Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels (1985)

“I grew up in Russia until I was 10, so a lot of the music there was Russian. But I remember my parents constantly listening to Tears For Fears because in the ’90s we were just catching up in Russia – it takes everything a lot longer to get there, or at least it used to. When I hear it, it makes me think of being five years old and running around in our massive garden, playing with our dogs and cats, and having an amazing childhood.”

The first song I ever moshed to...Terror – Keep Your Mouth Shut (2004)

“I was about 16 or 17 when I started going to hardcore shows. I remember attempting a stage-dive, and the stage was pretty high, and there weren’t that many people at the show, so I fell straight on my head and ended up with a concussion! I was out for 10 minutes, and when I came to I’d been taken backstage so people could take care of me.”

The song that inspired me to be a musician...Linkin Park – Crawling (2000)

Linkin Park were one of my childhood hero bands. Every time I saw this video on MTV, it made me feel like I wanted to be in a band myself. I would definitely say that Chester Bennington inspired me to sing in heavy bands.”

The song that got me into death metal...Cannibal Corpse – Hammer Smashed Face (1992)

“When I started listening to heavy music, everything was, like, Korn, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit – stuff you would see on MTV. So it wasn’t until I started looking for music myself that I discovered death metal. I found Cannibal Corpse in the metal section in the local record store. They had Tomb Of The Mutilated, and I remember listening to it in the store and buying it straight away. That title kind of sums up the whole genre!”

My favourite song to play live...Venom Prison – Matriphagy (2019)

“It’s a very energetic song. It’s the first track off our new album, and we start our sets with it now. I like to get all my energy out there straight away – it just punches you straight in the face.”

The song that fills me with joy...Avril Lavigne – Sk8er Boi (2002)

“It makes me think about how when we were, like, 14 years old, me and my friends used to sneak out to go and hang out at the skate park. And then we’d have to sneak back in after drinking too much. Avril was kind of the gateway to rebellion!”

The song that I absolutely hate...Puddle Of Mudd – She Hates Me (2001)

“Oh God, this song is just awful. I fucking hate it. I have to admit that I probably used to love it when it came out when I was a kid. I probably would have been like, ‘This is sick’, but thinking back, it’s probably one of the worst songs ever written. And it was massive at the time when it came out. Was it their only big song? Whatever, this is awful.”

The song you’d be surprised I love...Drab Majesty – A Dialogue (2019)

“At the moment I’m really into Drab Majesty. I’ve been listening to them non-stop since their new album came out. I can’t really describe it, but it’s awesome. I wasn’t so much into the album they did before this one, it was a bit too indie-rock, but this one is amazing. It’s one of my favourite albums released last year.”

The song that picks me up when I’m down...Armor For Sleep – Car Underwater (2005)

“This is from my emo phase. Every time I feel like crying and not knowing what to do I listen to this. I like to be more sad when I’m sad, in order to feel better, so this is the song I go to. And yes, I had an emo phase – I was into all that stuff, and I still listen to all those bands.”

The Venom Prison song I’m most proud of...Venom Prison – Sadistic Rituals (2019)

“It was the very last song we recorded for Samsara, and it was about 3am when I finally finished recording my parts. In the studio it was just myself, Tom Dring our producer, and Ash [Gray] our guitarist. He was already falling asleep, but me and Tom just carried on and smashed it out. I put in some harmonies and some high vocals, which I’m really proud of.”

The song I want played at my funeral...Smashing Pumpkins – Ava Adore (1998)

“I only really got into them when I was in my 20s – obviously I knew who they were, but I never really paid attention until I saw the video for this on YouTube. Ava Adore is some sort of disturbing love song to the anima, the female side within Billy Corgan. It’s very beautiful but also very depressing, and I think that’s something I’d like at my funeral.”

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