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:
The remaining Summer dates are as follows. Support on the first two comes from Mike's other project British Theatre.
Aug 19, 2015 - Firebug, Leicester w/ British Theatre
Aug 20, 2015- Arts Centre, Colchester w/ British Theatre
Aug 21, 2015 - 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:
Nov 23, 2015 - Nottingham, Bodega Social Club
Nov 24, 2015 - London, Bush Hall
Nov 25, 2015 - Manchester, Deaf Institute
Nov 26, 2015 - Glasgow, King Tut's
Nov 27, 2015 - 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 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.