Lititz musicians ‘Venteur’ towards success

By on June 20, 2018

Even though Rock Lititz is in our backyard, you don’t have to look far to see who just might be the next big act right here in town.

Their name is Venteur, and they’re fast making a name for themselves on local radio airwaves as well as on live stages across the state. According to the band, their sound takes root in 90s alternative and grunge, with a touch of blues and punk thrown in for good measure. Think Pearl Jam, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, and several others.

We recently caught up with member Patrick Newsome, who supplies vocals as well as lead guitar for the Lititz-based band.

“We formed in the spring of 2015 with a different lineup and spelling,” said Newsome. “We originally went out as Venture, but for originality purposes, we changed it to Venteur. Many of the members in our band have played together here and there for years, never thinking anything of it until one day it all clicked.”

The group is also comprised of Jack Pollak on bass; Justin Rosado behind the drums, and Shalin Corbett and Dylan Holmes rounding out the band on guitars. Their musical formula is fairly simple: Newsome pens the lyrics, then the rest of the band fills in the environment he creates. But the frontman is quick to point out that making music is a true collaborative effort between all members.

“A lot of our tunes are made together in the studio or practice space,” he admits. “We’re big on each other’s input.” And with their first EP “Elements” now behind them, the band is looking to further expand their musical boundaries the next time around.

“Elements was a test to see what we can do for ourselves,” he added. “It was our first time really putting anything together as a group,” Newsome said. When not in the studio, the band has been busy racking up quite an impressive resume, including performing live at such well-known venues as the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia and the Chameleon Club in Lancaster.

Lititz-based band Venteur will take the stage of Tellus360 this Friday in Lancaster. They are (left to right): Justin Rosado, Dylan Holmes, Patrick Newsome, Shalin Corbett, and Jack Pollak.

What’s more, the band’s single “Mr. Skyman” enjoyed popular airplay last October on local radio station 105.7 The X. So what’s next? Currently, the boys are wrapping up production of their new EP, “Sunnyside Walkers.

“The record will be bright with attitude and some bite when you least expect it,” Newsome promises.

Pair this new music with several upcoming shows as well as a tour in early August, and it’s not hard to see why they are quickly making a name for themselves. And if that’s not enough proof, the 5-piece will have the opportunity to open for national recording artist Puddle of Mudd at Reverb in Reading in August.

“We are young with attitude and originality, and are inspired by anyone proving themselves amongst the world we live in now,” Newsome said. “It’s not easy to stand up for what you believe in and we hope it’s taken well.”

Venteur’s debut EP “Elements” is now available on Spotify and iTunes. For upcoming shows and releases, follow the band of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also stream select songs at www.reverbnation.com/venteur

Venteur will be performing Friday June 22 at Tellus360, 24 E. King St., Lancaster at 7 p.m.

Cory Van Brookhoven is a staff writer for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your comments at cvanbrookhoven@lnpnews.com or 717-721-4423. 

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