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New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Rock Alternative




"In Talks: Venlo"

"Venlos sound is an accessible brand of rock 'n' roll that never gets old" - Buzznet

"Dylan Rieder is on an album cover"

"Dylan Rieder is featured on an album cover." - FuckYeahDylanRieder

"Stony Brook WUSB"

"Having Venlo in the studio has been a breathe of fresh air" - WUSB

"Venues Played (Currently booking)"

Soul Sounds Records, Sayville, NY
Arlene's Grocery, Manhattan, NY
Mckibbin Lofts, Brooklyn, NY
The Delancey, Manhattan, NY
Spike Hill, Brooklyn, NY
Leviticus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Connollys, Manhattan, NY
WUSB Radio, Stony Brook, NY
University Cafe, Stony Brook, NY
Main Street Museum, White River Junction, VT
Oneonta State University, Oneonta, NY
Brickhouse Brewery, Patchogue, NY
Giacomo Jacks, Amityville, NY
Mulcahey’s, Centereach, NY
Obrien’s Ale House, Coram, NY
Brew Haus, Lindenhurst, NY
Even Flow Bar & Grill, Bay Shore, NY
89 North, Patchogue, NY
Candy's Magic Pub, Shirley, NY
Madden’s Irish Pub, Patchogue, NY -


-Partnered with professional skateboarder, Dylan Rieder, for use of photo as cover-star for Forever Lost.
-Live set & interview at Stony Brook University’s WUSB.
-Ongoing airplay at several University's such as Nottingham University, UK, Five Towns College, and University of Delaware
-Use of tracks Demons and Forever Lost in film "Manchote" as part of Winter Film Award’s 48 Hour Film Festival.
-Chart position of 163/300 in New York City publication, The Deli, regional music charts. -


Still working on that hot first release.



Based in New York and deeply influenced by “The New York sound”, Venlo’s ideals are serious and aggressive. Taking a stripped down “take me or leave me” approach, they are a modern antithesis of the modern day candy-flossed band. 

This quintessential 5 piece guitar band bows its head to bands such as The New York Dolls, Jesus & Mary Chain, The Strokes and other rock revivalists spanning several generations, while drawing aesthetic influence from the 50's and 80's. 

Formed in New York, this group of friends met early on through street skateboarding and developed similar ideologies and artistic approaches.  This common perspective carried over into the bands musical taste, and when each of the members of the band had left previous projects, it was only natural that they started writing and recording songs together.  Their first release "In A World Of Black & White", comprised of ten songs, was written in its entirety in under a month and was recorded in 3 days in a live room.

Venlos formula is basic, unadulterated, rock. They accomplish simple yet tasteful melodies that were a stigma of past rock bands.  Ryan Bergman's punchy vocal style and casual voicing pay homage to those of Lou reed and Iggy.  His subject matter, largely derived from his poetry, focuses on struggles of the working class and weekend debaucheries.  Guitarists Aaron Kudla & Marcello Iaboni bridge the gap between gritty and clean guitars creating a unique tonal quality which helps define the bands sound. Drummer Joey Rizzo's straight ahead approach along with bassist Johnny Hodge's punchy/melodic bass style help to uniquely define the rhythm section as a force that ought not to be undermined.

Their sound has been described as “pleasingly sinister."  In a live setting, Venlo is youthful, engaging, and undeniably boisterous.

Band Members