Vacuum Tree Head is the brainchild collaboration of composer/visual artist/ringmaster Jason Berry and composer/guitarist/trumpeter Mike De la Cuesta. The group has persisted in various forms since 1989. Jason Berry is now based out of Brooklyn, New York. I joined the band in 1992 and resigned from my post in 2002.
VTH (Unra & his Punkestra) is a spin cycle of tangos, peter gunn, tablas, sheet metal, a little Dick Dale, a little Frank Z, an occasional megaphone, and a few Spanish lyrics thrown in for good measure. The group has released 14 CDs. I play on several of them. The recordings vary from composition to collage, live concerts and archived studio mayhem.
VTH has had many low and high profile Bay Area shows over the years. Two of the most celebrated San Francisco performances were opening for Elliot Sharp at the DNA Lounge "back in the day" and opening for Hella at the Bottom of the Hill in 2003. Don't miss your chance to see them on the rare occasions when they perform outside of the studio. "A phrase then of general impatience the dull thudding then of Blake's excess I hear the ruin of all space...."
Vacuum Tree Head's line up at 924 Gilman St. circa 2000:

Jason Berry: maestro, screams and contortions
Richard Barber: Bb clarinet, bassoon, theremin
Mike De la Cuesta: electric guitar, trumpet
Tom Corboline: electric bass guitar
Erika Fallin: electric guitar, flute
Lichi: vocals, DX7
Thomas Scandura: drums
Moe Staiano: metal percussion, rotto toms