Empire State Bastard have shared details of an upcoming UK tour.
The band, the side project of Biffy Clyro singer/guitarist Simon Neil and Mike Vennart (Biffy Clyro’s live guitarist, solo artist and former Oceansize frontman), have announced a spring tour before releasing any music.
They will be joined by Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Testament, Fantomas) on drums and Naomi Macleod (Bitch Falcon) on bass.
Empire State Bastard kick off their Glasgow shows on March 26th at the Cathouse before heading to Manchester’s Rebellion on March 27th and London’s The Underworld on March 28th. Tickets for the concerts will be available here from 10am GMT this Friday (March 3).
Empire State Bastard’s upcoming UK tour in 2023:
26 – Glasgow, Cathouse
27 – Manchester, Rising
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28 – London, The World Below
The news comes after the band shared a first music teaser last week, which you can listen to below.
Neil previously spoke about the project during an In Conversation video chat with NME, where he said he had four albums together with Biffy Clyro, Marmaduke Duke, Empire State Bastard and Tippie Toes.
He then said: “We’ve got Biffy’s new record, ‘Death of the Duke’ by Marmaduke Duke, then we’ve got Tippie Toes, which is a mong-agedon drone project where you can do valium and chills, and then a record of heavy metal comedy. named ‘Empire State Bastard.’ Honestly, the only thing that bothers me about not going on tour is knowing that I can spend the year making new music.”
Neil continued: “I like to put myself in these situations where I’m like, ‘I should never be doing this, so this is what I’m going to do.’ It brings me back to Biffy and now I’m in love with him more than ever.”
Apart from Biffy Clyro’s 2021 album ‘The Myth Of The Happily Ever After’, none of the other records have surfaced.
But Empire State Bastard have already announced that they will appear at French metal festival Hellfest alongside Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Iron Maiden and Slipknot in Clisson from 15-18 June. You can find more information about tickets here.
They confirmed three UK festival performances this summer: at Download Festival, ArcTanGent and 2000Trees.