- Influences: David Bowie & Sex Pistols, add heavy guitar & outrageous costumes.
Led by transgender, performance artist Venus de Mars, band All The Pretty Horses is a quartet, self-described as "glam-punk."
This Minneapolis based trans-band [ATPH,] formed in 1993 with then drummer Bill Bailey & bassist Edward Ford. Their self-title debut was issued in 1994.
Matt Bachelor replaced Bill for their second album, "Queens and Angels" (TRG Twin Tone) along with the addition of backup singer Jonnycakes (Tiffany Tieche.)
A failed record deal with a German label in 1998 led to the band re-evaluating the need to do serious roadwork, at which point Ford and Batchelor left the fold. De Mars built a touring band including drummer Jendeen Forberg (from local jazz outfit Wolverines) and Pandora (LeeAnn MacDougall) on bass. The new unit released "Ruin" (2000.)
Eden Taylor joined on bass, as ATPH began working with Super Buddha's Barb Morrison as producer ("CREATURE" 2002.)
Tempest replaced Eden (2004) and toured with the band in support of rock-doc "Venus of Mars" (Emily Goldberg 2003.)
In 2006 de Mars put the band on hiatus, and released a solo-electric album: "Trashed and Broken Hearted" (2006 producer Barb Morrison.)
In 2008 de Mars reformed as "Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses" bringing T-Rev (Trevor Hawley) in as drumer, LeFreak (J Evan) as bassist, and adding Raymond Breed as 2nd guitar.
Drummer Jazz Stafford replaced T-Rev for their next album "10 Bones" (2011 Barb Morrison) & remained through a tour with "Laura Jane Grace and Against Me!" (2014.) After which de Mars released her debut solo-acoustic album "Flesh and Wire" feat. Laura Jane Grace on single "Take My Shoulder" (2014 Barb Morrison)
In 2015 de Mars returned to ATPH adding Susanna Sweet (Susanna Mae Schlagen) to replace Raymond Breed as the band's 2nd guitar. Mercy Victor replaced LeFreak on bass. T-Rev re-joined as drummer.
In 2020 Danimae Vossen replaced Mercy Victor on bass.
As of June 2022, de Mars will release her 11th album; "I Think The Darkness" as "Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses" (Barb Morison)