Venice Gas House Trolley is the sound of a new creative generation that believes imagination is liberation. The band is jazzy, jammy, funky, and tribal with spoken word poetry and heavy grooves. VGHT's music is packed with psychedelic soundscapes and boundary exploring arrangements that whimsically deviate from the norm yet still provide enough hooks and thick grooves to keep audience's heads bobbing and feet moving.
Paving the way for a whole new genre of music, VGHT mangles musical boundaries and interlaces shared storytelling and poetic vibration into a communal and collective consciousness that unifies the ancient and future as one. The Trolley's appearances include festivals such as The Tall Tree Lake Music Festival (Goreville, IL), The Muddy River Jam Fest (Woodstown, NJ), The Overgrown Music & Arts Festival (Belmont, NY), The Michigan Peace Fest (Lacota, MI), The 40th Annual Midwest Harvest Fest (Madison, WI) and over 300 performances from Wisconsin to New York City.
Venice Gas House Trolley has been praised by the media and fans alike for their new approach to words and intense yet chilled psychedelic jam, and has held the position as the #1 Jam Band in Madison, WI on ReverbNation since May of 2011. VGHT was also voted as one of the top 3 experimental music groups in Madison's Isthmus Newspaper's "Reader's Favorites" poll. Madison newspapers (The Capitol Times and The Onion AV Club, to name a few) have selected VGHT as the Critic's Choice for music event of the evening more than 20 times. The band was recently signed to The Homegrown Music Network national distribution community of bands (the roster includes Keller Williams, Lotus, and STS9 among many others). The Trolley is groovin' down the tracks!
Venice Gas House Trolley features Flowpoetry, a finalist for the MNSWA "Urban Griot" International/National Performer of the Year and a three-time Madison Area Music Awards finalist. VGHT encapsulates the dirty 1960s rock of Jefferson Airplane, the slinky but aggressive and funky grooves of Claypool, the eccentric and experimental sounds of Zappa, the eclectic jam and fun attitude of Phish, the rockin' hip-hop and reggae beats of 311, and the flowin' words of Tom Waits. Through this creative mix, the band has released four full length domestic CDs and has placed tracks on British compilations.
Flowpoetry: Vocals, Vocal FX, Winds, Small Percussion
Tim Peeters: Bass Guitar, Vocals
Josh Pultorak: Drums
Kevin Knapp: Guitar
Dr. Beats: Percussion
"VGHT is the real deal and something more. It’s not too often when I hear music I think of art. Their music reminds me of the great surrealist Salvador Dali, highly imaginative, striking and bizarre. So if you're in the mood for something original and unlike anything you’ve ever heard before VGHT is the band for you." Homegrown Music Network (Mebane, NC)
"Venice Gas House Trolley is organically delivering a new music experience for the listener…with funky, groovy fusion rock, the band creates a solid vibe….", musicwithoutlabels.com (Nashville, TN)
"Courageous and organically fused…similar to that of Rage Against The Machine at times, honest and holds the mood of a Shaman performing cleansing rituals." http://www.localplaylist.com (Milwaukee, WI)
"They'll tickle your synapses as they inspire your limbs to dance!", The Isthmus Weekly (Madison, WI)
"Flowpoetry's verses find the right rhythm and pitch for every approach (and) he reads them with an ease that lets the music sing. …The Trolley makes the relationship between words and music feel new again." The Isthmus (Madison, WI)
"Venice Gas House Trolley lean more toward Funkadelic.... [And] the band as a whole can keep up with Flowpoetry's eccentricity via slinky-funky bass and drums, flute, and a variety of careful melodic and atmospheric interjections. ...Flowpoetry's voice is raspy and heavy over the cool suspense-building [music of the band]." The Onion A.V. Club (Madison, WI)
"The Trolley carves out a tribal, ambient, dreamy vibe.... They're a musical group that have finally arrived." The Isthmus (Madison, WI)
"Rhythm comes first with Venice Gas House Trolley. The band layers Flowpoetry's spoken word over jazz-funk-rock-jam." The Capital Times 77 Square Entertainment Section (Madison, WI)
- DO414.com (Milwaukee, WI)
"Flowpoetry is one of the most unique and riveting performers on the Midwestern musical and artistic landscape. The group is on the cutting edge of the nationwide expansion of new forms of spoken word.... The band is unique, theatrical and musical." DeKalb Chronicle (DeKalb, IL)
"...very chill yet gripping. The band is on a mission to bridge the gap between poetry and music and does so.... ...some hip jive, Cat Daddy." Gapers Block Presents: Transmission (Chicago, IL)
"Words flowing over bass and drums thrumming jazz, groove, folk, country, blues, psychedelic, jam. Man!" The Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA)
"VGHT keeps their groove taut and structured, leaving space for stories to unwind, but without forgetting the primal urge to move feet."
- Leicester Bangs (United Kingdom)