Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip
For the first time in Nottingham, the three piece from Leeds have a growing national reputation and are proving to be one of the most interesting, unpredictable, and exciting acts on the circuit. Mik’s lyrical dexterity and the musical range of Benson Walker and Jonny Flockton combine to make people laugh, cry, and throw themselves about. They should be on the national health and are a tonic in these troubled times.
BBC 6Music’s Gideon Coe regularly plays their tunes, Tom Robinson also , Keith Allen has one of the Band’s teapots, John Cooper Clarke called them “sensational”, and Glastonbury love them, this year is their 9th invite back to the Worthy Farm Festival on the trot.
Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip are a mix between John Shuttleworth, John Cooper Clarke and Jake Thackray. The band say they are influenced by people like Reeves & Mortimer, Half Man Half Biscuit and The Fall but their mix of Rock ’n’ Roll & dry West Yorkshire wit is unique.
It’s rock & roll… It’s comedy.
It’s not every day you find yourself in a packed Leeds pub, watching a man in a fluorescent shirt and a fedora hat shout excitedly about the selection of toys on his windowsill at home while his backing band knit bouncing basslines with abrasive punk chords.
This was the scene at the Abbey Inn, Newlay, where Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip were in full swing.
A glance round the room earlier in the evening showed that the audience ranged from the seasoned regulars to teenagers, and by the time the show started, there was already an anticipatory buzz around the crowded bar.
When the first chords of the opening song started, Beeston-born Mik had donned his alter-ego’s paint-stained jacket and immediately had the room’s full attention. – The Guardian
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