The foundation of this young alternative rock union is three women with three distinctive musical backgrounds who wanted to create an original sound that was rebellious and inspiring. Lead vocalist - Merritt Hicks, guitarist - Alisha Fraher, and bassist - Mia Heldt are the song-writing trio that first established Stealing Venus. 'I love how I can trust Merritt and Alisha will take my words and make them into a song that will give me the chills,' Heldt explains. 'It isn't very often you find that magic combination.' Augmenting this already rare and original take on rock are Kevin Martin (former Candlebox front man) on drums, and Ricky Castro on guitar. Kevin's heart pounding drum grooves paired with Ricky's hot guitar licks make Alisha's melodic hooks electrifying. From this Stealing Venus' dynamic friendship and energy were born. The results were immediate. After seeing Stealing Venus play an affecting show at the Viper Room, producer and LiVE guitarist Chad Taylor, invited the band to record at his studio in Lancaster, PA. One week after completing their first EP entitled 'Sugar High,' Stealing Venus made an appearance at the South by Southwest Music Festival in March of 2005. While in Austin, the bands song 'Ammunition' had it's debut on Austin's Rock Station KLBJ. Stealing Venus is currently back home in Hollywood, CA. promoting their EP, 'Sugar High.' Their themes state the unspoken from 'Saturday morning life is never boring' to 'If I'm not special then lie to me.' Ceaselessly creating, Stealing Venus are currently writing and performing. Their songs possess striking attitude, fiery emotion and clever metaphors. Their presence on stage is energetic and entertaining. Merritt's strong vocal performance is reminiscent of the female powerhouses of the 80's. They continue to be influenced and expand on concepts by Blondie, Pixies, David Bowie, The Clash, The Pretenders and many others.