Empire State Bastard, a new band featuring Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil and former Oceansize frontman Mike Vennart, now Biffy's touring guitarist, have offered a tiny hint of what to expect from their forthcoming, much-anticipated debut album with the release of a short snippet of one song.
The first post from the band's Twitter and Instagram accounts features just three words - 'More coming soon...' - and 16 seconds of intense riffage. We await 'more' with high hopes. Neil has previously described the project to NME as "grindcore extreme metal".
Neil said: "I like putting myself in these positions where I’m like, ‘I should never be doing this, so this is what I’m going to do’. I don’t just want to do the same shit. Every time between records, I want to do something that’s fucked up and off the wall. It brings me back to Biffy and I’m more in love with it now than I’ve ever been."
While their music, for now, is largely still under wraps, Empire State Bastard have already confirmed three UK festival performances for this summer - at Download, ArcTanGent and 2000Trees - plus an appearance at Hellfest in France on June 18.
Interested parties can keep up to date with everything ESB-related at empirestatebastard.com and instagram.com/esb666_
More coming soon... https://t.co/UT5rrOsLJn pic.twitter.com/wDDOa7fdn0February 24, 2023