It’s been a long time coming but British Theatre have now announced the details of their debut album ‘Mastery‘. It’s out later this year and you can preorder it here. Before anything else though, check out ‘Newman‘, our first contact with the record.
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British Theatre is Mike Vennart and Richard A Ingram (AKA Gambler). Ex-Oceansize and current additions to Biffy Clyro‘s touring lineup, the pair also worked together on Vennart‘s ‘The Demon Joke‘. Basically, they’ve been making music together for ages and they’ve been friends even longer. You can hear that comfort in ‘Newman’ as the pair push each other into new grounds.
Writing on his website, Mike explains “Gambler and myself started this band (i don’t like to use the word ‘project’) in the immediate aftermath of the breakup of the old band. We didn’t really know what we wanted to do, we were just happy that we were free to do it.
“We released a couple of EPs in 2012, which, in hindsight, are clear exercises in self-discovery. You can kind of hear the conflict. In ‘Defeat Skeletons’ and ‘As The Leaves Are To The Limbs’ you can hear I’m longing to be in a band again. In the rest of the repertoire, you can hear that Gambler has other ideas. Consequently, it didn’t really work. But it was necessary.
“The same happy obstacles that prevented any work on the ‘The Demon Joke’(More about those here – Ed) were also in effect here, but tenfold. This was an album that I didn’t know what to do with. After the two-year Biffy Clyro ‘Opposites’ tour, we reconvened, and looked at the material we wrote prior to the tour. Most of it didn’t measure up. We pretty much started all over again. We booked the ArcTanGent Festival to give us an enforced deadline.”
“This was a record that made me scared. I found it intimidating, out of my comfort zone and uneasy. All of which is why I love this record so much.”
‘Mastery’ is out April 29th and preorders are live on Pledgemusic alongside a host of goodies. If you pledge, you get ‘Newman’ as an instant download. What are you waiting for?