The brainchild of Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil and Oceansize guitarist Mike Vennart, Empire State Bastard are a self-described “grindcore extreme metal” duo, with the goal to push each other to create the heaviest, most confrontational music possible.
The pair first met on tour, with Vennart accompanying Biffy as their tour guitarist since 2010. Bonding over a shared interest in avant-garde noise rock, metal and unconventional heavy genres, the pair embarked on creating their “poisonous vile music” to set themselves apart from Biffy Clyro’s signature anthemic alt-rock. Neil serves as the band’s vocalist, offering guttural growls, gasps and shrieks, while Vennart provides thrashing guitar riffs.
After the release of their debut single ‘Harvest’ in March 2023, the band announced their first UK and European headline tour in August of that year, ahead of the release of their debut album, Rivers Of Heresy, in September 2023.
Rounding out the band’s live line-up is the “battering ram” percussion of Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, and Bitch Falcon bassist Naomi Macleod.
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