Ex-Oceansize frontman and current Biffy Clyro touring guitarist Mike Vennart released his debut solo album titled ‘The Demon Joke’ in June, and recently announced a UK headline tour for November. Before that though, he will play Arctangent Festival as well as two warm-up shows. To celebrate, a live video recorded in Manchester earlier this year has been launched.
You can check out Mike and the band (featuring former Oceansize members Steve Durose & Richard ‘Gambler’ Ingram as well as Ginger Wildheart alumni Denzel) performing the Oceansize track ‘Build Us A Rocket Then’ here: https://youtu.be/1Y1uE0-Y8-w
The remaining Summer dates are as follows. Support on the first two comes from Mike’s other project British Theatre.
August 19th – Firebug, Leicester w/ British Theatre
August 20th- Arts Centre, Colchester w/ British Theatre
August 21st – Arctangent Festival, Bristol (British Theatre will appear the next day)
As previously mentioned, Vennart recently announced a further run of headlining shows for this November. You can find the full list of dates below:
11/23/15 – Nottingham, Bodega Social Club
11/24/15 – London, Bush Hall
11/25/15 – Manchester, Deaf Institute
11/26/15 – Glasgow, King Tut’s
11/27/15 – Wakefield, The Hop
Support on all dates comes from psychedelic rockers Knifeworld & noise-rock guitar/drum duo Cleft.
An animated video for the stunning single ‘Operate’, created by ChogZoo animation, was also recently released, and you can watch that here:
‘The Demon Joke’ has been receiving fantastic reactions from the media.
Check out a select few below:
“The Demon Joke is an utter joy of a record” – Drowned In Sound
“A euphoric record that existing fans and newcomers alike will relish.” – Rocksound
“a unique exhibition of the inner recesses of Mike’s almost unparalleled musical mind.” 4K’s – Kerrang!
“The wait’s been worth it – it’s a pleasure to have him back.” – Classic Rock
“As ‘The Demon Joke’ thrives, Vennart stands tall wearing a grin.” – Upset Magazine
The album is now available to purchase from the following places:
‘The Demon Joke’ will be familiar territory to fans of Mike’s old band, but this time with a maturity and optimism lacking in his previous work. The album is a rich, densely layered, emotional psychedelic fuzz-rock odyssey.