The surreal and beautiful beast that is Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip are on their 2018 ‘World Tour’ …and it promises to be an ‘exotic’ adventure.
Mik Artistik spouts lyrics, throws straws, and generally amuses himself over the top of an exquisite layer of rock, soul, and punk created by partner in crime Jonny Flockton on guitar, a drum machine, and one of a crack squad of bass players. The cult band have delighted and unnerved Glastonbury audiences for over ten years gaining more devoted followers each time they play, and are proving to be one of the most interesting, unpredictable, and exciting acts on the circuit. In the absence of Glastonbury this year the band had triumphant shows at Bearded Theory, Beautiful Days, and Latitude Festivals, winning over more and more new fans along the way, not to mention Daniel Lewis of Homeland fame making a beeline for Mik at Port Eliot and proceeding to dance with him! It’s been a crazy summer!
Shaun Keavaney, BBC 6Music Breakfast Show presenter, described the band ‘as mad as a wasp trapped under a pint glass.’ Graham Fellows, aka John Shuttleworth, has recorded one of Mik’s songs on his new album “Weird Town”. Martin Parr, the world famous photographer, describes them as “My favourite band on the planet”. Rick Worthy who hosts The Port Eliot Festival every year in Cornwall said “Port Eliot wouldn’t be the same without Mik…”. Keith Allen likes the band so much he has one of the bands teapots!
“Actually describing what it is that Mik does is much harder. It’s often very funny, but it doesn’t deserve the deadly term ‘comedy songs’, any more than what the work of John Cooper Clarke – an avowed Mik fan – can be called ‘comedy poems’. His songs are often surreal and beautifully observed. He qualifies as ‘cult’ in a heartbeat, sitting somewhere in the distinctive and golden lineage that brought us Vic & Bob, Ivor Cutler and The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. In an ideal world, Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip would be Peel session regulars, but there you go.” – We Are Cult
The art college graduate turned to playing live on stage after a stint on the dole and working on building sites. He developed a side line as Mik Artistik, roaming Leeds city centre offering to draw pen portraits of punters on paper bags. After being invited on stage in a local pub when he heckled a band, the punters loved him and Mik took his strange, singular stand-up act around the country. The show turned into the Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip becoming a festival favourite and popping up in such diverse settings as the London Fashion Show, The Vortex Jazz Club, to Batley Rugby Club, as well as supporting Chas and Dave, and Faust. Praised for being a ‘hugely talented singer-songwriter and artist’ (The Observer) and for his ability to make up lyrics as he goes along, drawing on observations from the crowd, BBC 6Music’s Gideon Coe said they were “the best live band I have seen all summer” after witnessing the show first hand at The Port Eliot Festival.
The Ego Trip’s latest album, Sound, was released last year and contains two of his top tunes, the anthemic and poignant ‘Sweet Leaf of the North’, and the deranged ‘Plastic Fox.
Some independent reviews of the band as well…
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