Mike Vennart might only ever be remembered for one thing, but that’s ok. He’s ‘out of’ Oceansize.
Oceansize made 4 full albums, several lengthy EPs and toured the world for twelve years. Critically acclaimed but commercial maligned, Oceansize toured with artists as varied as Mclusky, Porcupine Tree, Faith No More, Smashing Pumpkins and Biffy Clyro.
After breaking up in 2010, Mike performed – and continues to do so – as a guitarist in the live incarnation of Biffy Clyro, which is something that makes him very happy indeed. Never-the-less, artists must make art, so 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. Oceansize was very much a collaborative effort, even if I was usually left to turn all the frills and spills into songs. ‘The Demon Joke’ record was where I learned to embrace the fear and step out as a songwriter.’ A euphoric debut at Arctangent 2015 was a career high.
2018 will see the long-awaited release of the second VENNART album. ‘I’m absurdly excited about this one. My records have very long gestation period, which is mainly down to me being very busy with Biffy Clyro’.
FOR FANS OF: Oceansize // Cardiacs // Pavement