Mike Vennart might only ever be remembered for one thing, but that’s OK. He’s ‘out of’ Oceansize, which is only even barely a thing at ArcTanGent and literally no other festival on earth.
Oceansize made 4 full albums, several lengthy EPs and toured the world for twelve long-ass, schizophrenic years. They won over the hearts and minds of dudes-in-bands the world over and toured with artists as varied as Mclusky, Porcupine Tree, Faith No More, The Smashing Pumpkins and Biffy Clyro.
Mike Vennart is live-guitarist in the live incarnation of Biffy Clyro, which is something that makes him very happy indeed. Never-the-less, artists must make art, lest they become cabaret. In 2015 Mike released his first solo record under the name VENNART. ‘I couldn’t think of a cool band name, and I realised I do actually have quite a unique name. I think of it like Van Halen. It’s a band name that just happens to be me.’ The record features former Oceansize cohorts Steve Durose and Gambler, as well as the freakishly talented Denzel on drums.
More poppy and hook-laden than previous form, ‘The Demon Joke’ album was a brave step forward. ‘I had barely written a single song on my own in my life. 2018 will see the long-awaited release of the second VENNART album.
FOR FANS OF: Oceansize // Cardiacs // Pavement