Miles Hunt, formerly of
Wonder Stuff formed Vent 414 (originally just "Vent") in early 1995 after
quitting his job hosting MTV's 120 Minutes in London. Pete Howard,
formerly of Eat, and Morgan Nicholls, formerly of Senseless Things
completed the trio. They were briefly joined by Billy Duffy, formerly
of The Cult.|
After several tours, an album and two singles, Morgan Nicholls left the trio in Early 1997. In April, Polydor dropped the band. These two events marked the end of the Vent 414 name, but not the end of the music. Miles Hunt had been chained to Polydor as a result of the contract with The Wonder Stuff. Now he has the freedom to pursue options with other companies. Currently reunited with Malc Treece, the latest information regarding his creative efforts may now be found in the "Band Information" section of The Wonder Stuff Homepage.
|The first public Vent 414 appearance was on August 19th, in Wateringen,
Holland at the "Waterpop" festival. This was closely followed by the
Reading Festival a few days later. A jump across the puddle to play shows in New York on 6 & 7 Sept, 1995 was followed by The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey two days later (see photos page).|
Billy Duffy dropped out of the band in September after a very short stay. He will not be replaced.
Shortly afterward Duffy's departure, the group hit the road on their
first tour, supporting Therapy?:
Centre, Newport (October 27th)
Pavilions, Plymouth (October 28th)
Guildhall, Southampton (October 29th)
Mayfair Suite, Newcastle (October 31st)
Apollo, Manchester (November 2nd)
Aston Villa Leisure Centre, Birmingham (November 3rd)
Barrowlands, Glasgow (November 4th)
|The band announces that Steve Albini
(of Big Black fame) has been selected to produce the album, which is now due
out in August.|
The first headlining tour geared up at the end of March:
| To avoid a lawsuit in July with a U.S. band also named Vent, our Vent
became Vent 414. Ironically, I've heard the U.S. Vent has broken up.|
There's also a little touring going on:
July 23 - Manchester Hop and Grape
July 24 - Wolverhampton Varsity; Review
July 25 - London Dingwalls; Review
Reading 1996 was from the 23rd to the 25th of August. Vent 414 played on the second stage on the 25th. Check out our Reviews section for some more info.
|Vent 414's first official single, "Fixer," was released on the 16th of September.|
.dotmusic added a Vent 414 article to their Talent Review section about the same time.
(Drum Roll Please) The self-titled album is released in the U.K. on the 7th of October. Miles provides the Comments, exclusive to our site.
The second single, "Life Before You," was released on the 4th of November.
Another tour shortly followed:
22nd October, Tuesday, Manchester - Hop & Grape
23rd October, Wednesday, Leicester - Princess Charlotte
24th October, Thursday, Reading - Alleycat Live
26th October, Saturday, Nottingham - Rock City 2
27th October, Sunday, Guildford - Surrey University
28th October, Monday, Eketer - The Cavern
30th October, Wednesday, Bristol - Fleece & Firkin
31st October, Thursday, Northampton - Roadmenders
2nd November, Saturday, Harlow - The Square
3rd November, Sunday, Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms
4th November, Monday, Brighton - The Richmond
5th November, Tuesday, London - Hanover Grand
6th November, Wednesday, Birmingham - The Foundry
8th November, Friday, Leeds- Duchess of York
10th November, Sunday, Glasgow - King Tuts
11th November, Monday, Sheffield - Leadmill
12th November, Tuesday, London - Hanover Grand
|The bitter winter has led to a not-so-bitter split. With Polydor giving
a sad amount of support to the band, Morgan left on good terms in January.
Pete and Miles continue on. On the side, Miles continues to work with the
bands on his record label "For All The Right Reasons".|
The demise of We Know Where You Live left Malc Treece wandering around aimlessly. Raise you hand if you saw this one coming: Malc and Miles spent the month of February together writing about 10 new demos. Russ Hunt was kind enough to post his thoughts on the new set of demos.
In mid-March, Miles made a trip to New York to play the new demos for Anton Fier (of Golden Palominos fame), who is the top candidate for producer the upcoming album. Miles endured the trip nursing a cold, and the frustration of being refused entry to a bar since he only had a passport for ID (the man is 30).
In April Polydor dropped support for the band, both a disappointing and liberating action. With the Vent 414 name abdandoned, this page comes to a close. The latest information regarding the collaboration between Miles Hunt and Malc Treece may now be found in the "Band Information" section of the Wonder Stuff Homepage.