Ex-Oceansize frontman and current Biffy Clyro touring guitarist Mike Vennart has signed with Superball Music for the release of his debut solo album under the Vennart moniker. Titled ‘The Demon Joke’, the album will be released on June 22, 2015 and is being preceded by a Pledge Music campaign.
Mike had this to say: “I’m delighted to be back in the artsy bosom of Superball Records, the label imprint set up specifically for my old band, Oceansize. They take good care of me in the way that every record label should – by encouraging me to make the records I wanna make. It’s a simple and beautiful arrangement.”
Superball label-head Thomas Waber adds:”Oceansize were always very close to my heart, so I am thrilled that Mike has finally gotten around to recording his fantastic, debut solo album. It’s been long overdue!”
‘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.
You can get your first taste of it by streaming & downloading the stunning track ‘Infatuate’ for free Here.
Mike also recently announced his first headline shows in the UK, as well as an appearance at this year’s Arctangent Festival and 2000Trees. The live band will feature former Oceansize cohorts Steve Durose and Gambler, who also feature on the album. Find all the dates below:
9th May – Sticky Mike’s, Brighton
10th May – Fighting Cocks, Kingston
11th May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
12th May – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
13th May – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
11th July – 2000Trees Festival, Cheltenham
20th August – Arctangent Festival, Bristol
The brilliant artwork for ‘The Demon Joke’ was created by Jon-Lee Martin. The album will be available on Special Edition Miniature Gatefold CD, Gatefold black vinyl with CD, & digital download.
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