HOWIE REEVE & MIKE WATT Announce s/t collaborative 7″, released 11th September via The Audacious Art Experiment

Announce s/t collaborative 7″, released 11th September via The Audacious Art Experiment 

Sheffield DIY recording and gig collective The Audacious Art Experiment is excited to announce the release of bass brothers’ Howie Reeve and Mike Watt’s very special self-titled collaboration, due 11th September on limited 7″ single.

Mike Watt has always been a tireless champion of the cultural endeavours of other good folk. Originally knowing one and other only through each other’s music, Mike Watt and Howie Reeve actually met after a Missingmen gig in Glasgow 2011. When Howie approached Mike after the show and told him about his involvement in previous band Tattie Toes, Mike’s words were ‘I can’t believe I’m meeting you!’. A friendship blossomed and a few years later, the pair found the time to record two duets for bass. Featuring an idea and lead from each of them, complemented by the opposites poetic vocal lines and woven neatly together in a portrait painted style.

You’d have to be the purest of ignoramuses to have dodged Mike’s work with Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Dos, The Stooges, Il Sogno Del Marinaio and CUZ over the last three decades. Howie, however, is also legendary bass man in his own right, having released two previous full lengths Friendly Demons (2013) and We Are In Repair (2014) via his own crowdfunding skills and close networks of fans. A regular performer in his Glasgow base, he has also toured the UK and Europe relentlessly over the last few years and recently spent five weeks in Japan, drifting from show to show like an acoustic bass bard. This September 7th/8th also sees Howie and Mike appear on the same bill in Glasgow/Edinburgh, during Mike’s full UK tour with his project CUZ (feat Sam Dook from The Go! Team).

Listen to ‘Absent Friends’:

The Audacious Art Experiment (Nope/Cowtown/Beards/Elk/Za!/Blood Sport), will release these two recordings on 300 limited edition 7” vinyl. Being a collective that is run autonomously and aside from government funding, the release marks a milestone in their 11 year history, re-affirming their desire to provide community and cultural enrichment via open communication, sound and general good vibes.

Upcoming live dates for Howie include:
September 7th Glasgow Stereo with Cuz and Sumshapes
September 8th Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s with Cuz
October 17th Manchester Cord Bar (A Carefully Planned Festival)
October 23rd London Club Integral

Upcoming live dates for Mike Watt include:
UK/EU Tour with Cuz 26th Aug – 12th Sept

Full dates here.


Side A. Absent Friends
Side B. I’m Thad You’re Thor