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Leeds duo Menace Beach have released the latest track from their upcoming third album, ‘Black Rainbow Sound’, out August 31st.

The fizzy ‘Satellite’ was inspired by Liza Violet’s dog.”I wrote the words to ‘Satellite’ after I came back to Leeds and saw how crazily nuanced and weird the bond between Liza and her dog had become,” says Ryan Needham.

“It got me thinking about clairvoyance in human relationships and how developed and extrasensory they would become if we constantly studied each other as much as that little guy watches Liza, or even if we just paid a little more attention to each other.”

Taken from Menace Beach’s new album ‘Black Rainbow Sound’,


Menace Beach announce new album ‘Black Rainbow Sound’ with the dark, probing title track ft Brix Smith

Leeds band Menace Beach are back with details of a new album! Now billed as a duo are set to release new record ‘Black Rainbow Sound’ in August via Memphis Industries, the brilliantly bleak title track, which features Brix Smith, formerly of The Fall.

A kraut-influenced rollercoaster, ‘Black Rainbow Sound’ is an intoxicating ride, with the band pushing the limits of last LP – 2017’s ‘Lemon Memory’ – to its extremes, to stunning results. The affect is just heightened by Brix’s vicious, moving spoken word.

“We’ve always used synths and electronic elements,” the band’s Ryan Needham says of the new record, ”but for me the eureka moment in defining the sound of this record was hearing Dean Honer’s (Moonlandingz/add n to x/all seeing eye) remix of ‘Maybe We’ll Drown’ from the last record. He just tele=ported the song in another world but it totally worked not only sonically but by retaining all the wonkiness and kinda low-fi ’Menace Beach’ character. It was really inspiring that something we’d been reaching for sonically for ages, and almost given up on, just sounded so perfect.”

Liza adds: “There’s always been a bit of artistic push and pull between us on the balance of synth noise vs guitars noise and the guitars have previously always taken over by the time we leave the studio, probably because we all know now how to make loud guitars sound really exciting in a room. But lately I’ve been feeling too much reality in the sound of a guitar and I really wanted to give something more this time. I wasn’t really prepared to compromise”

‘Black Rainbow Sound’ is out on 31st August. The band have also announced UK headline tour dates.

18 Derby, The Hairy Dog
20 Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
22 Glasgow, Broadcast
23 Newcastle, The Cluny 2
24 Manchester, Deaf Institute
25 London, Oslo
26 Bristol, Rough Trade
27 Sheffield, Picture House Social

02 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

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Menace Beach – Lemon Memory

“Lemon Memory” is, for Menace Beach at least, an exercise in restraint, the fuzz and distortion turned down, a big last chorus avoided. Liza explains, “The one ‘rule’ thing we went into the album session with was to keep in mind that sometimes doing The Opposite is much more interesting”. Liza takes the lead vocal as she does on much of “Lemon Memory”. Indeed, if debut LP Ratworld was Ryan’s record, “Lemon Memory” is very much a Liza record. Ryan explains “Liza got that look in the eye and a head-down-blinkers-on thing, and only a moron would try and get in the way of that. It’s all about keeping those ideas in their purest form and diluting as little as possible.”

Written in Ibiza and recorded in Sheffield with Ross Orton (MIA, Arctic Monkeys, The Fall) “Lemon Memory” is in part an effort to lift a citrus based curse – trust us, it’s a real thing – Ryan and Liza believe was placed on their house, via the hexbreaking power of music. It’s also the sound of a band finding their own identity, edging closer to some sort of grimy truth.

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Foxygen – Hang 

On their first proper studio record, the Los Angeles pair once again present their uncanny knack for pulling together myriad strands of influences to an elaborate, uncompromising vision. And this time, they’ve gone true big band! Every song on Hang features a 40-plus-piece symphony orchestra arranged and conducted by Trey Pollard with additional arranging from Matthew E. White. Additionally, Hang was recorded with the brothers rhythm section duo of Brian and Michael D’Addario, also known as the Lemon Twigs, and features Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips on select tracks. Written and produced entirely by Foxygen, Hang was recorded on 2” tape at Electro Vox Studios in Los Angeles.

Lead single, “Follow The Leader,” is one of the album’s most upbeat songs. As described by the band, “it was a blast to make! It’s a positive anthem, with some lyrical scenarios we don’t quite understand.” The song’s video was directed Cameron Dutra (who directed Foxygen’s “San Francisco” video).

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It’s with great excitement that Cherry Glazerr announces their new album, Apocalipstick, out January 20th. The band’s first album for Secretly Canadian was recorded at Hollywood’s iconic Sunset Sound studio with acclaimed producers Joe Chicarrelli (The Strokes, My Morning Jacket, The White Stripes) and Carlos De La Garza (Bleached, M83, Paramore).

To celebrate, the band is sharing “Nurse Ratched,” which was written by lead singer Clementine Creevy as she mused on the evil Nurse Ratched character in Ken Kesey’s masterpiece, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. The track’s slasher flick video is directed by horror film director/producer Roxanne Benjamin, who is known for her films Southbound and V/H/S, among other work. Perfectly timed for its release on Halloween, watch as what appears to be an innocent albeit bizarre hitchhiking ride turns into a bloody massacre. “Nurse Ratched” is the second single to be heard from the forthcoming record and follows the previously shared “Told You I’d Be With Guys.”

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Proper Ornaments is the project of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy, Pink Flames). Debut LP ‘Wooden Head’ (FortunaPop 2014) perfected the unique slant of their previous work. James and Max started out writing the follow-up in January 2015. On ‘Foxhole’ they’ve sliced away a whole stratum of their sound, removing some distortion and lowering the frequency of plectrum strokes to allow more nuanced, piano-led ideas to emerge.

The title isn’t a reference to Television’s jaunty proto-punk record but seems to be more of a dark, protective interior, a head space sketched out on ‘Jeremy’s Song’. While their particularly recognisable production style (a bright, frozen counterpoint to the airless mixes one encounters more often) remains, three things stand out as likely reasons for the shift in mood. By the time they got around to recording again in James’ bedroom in Finsbury Park that Summer, the instability around the recording of ‘Wooden Head’ (and the five years before) had slid into a deep and seething acrimony. Second, they both bought pianos. Third, when the band, with Daniel Nellis and Bobby Syme joining on bass and drums went to record at Tin Room in Hackney in June, the pinch wheel on the 8 track machine was broken and somehow no one noticed. All but one recording, ‘The Frozen Stare,’ was hopelessly warped, so they went and did it all again from scratch back at James’. “We ended up doing the whole thing there as the atmosphere suited the direction of the foxhole and we were more comfortable working on it in our own time,” says James.

That’s why the record has a laid back, conversational, not imposing or anxious feel in my opinion. If ‘Always There’ was the most melodically fluid but dimly lit point of the first record, there are another half album of songs here at least that are as strikingly gorgeous and unsettling. ‘Memories,’ ‘Just a Dream,’ ‘The Frozen Stare’ and ‘When We Were Young’ are in this mould, as is the icy, slightly devastated goodbye that closes the record ‘The Devils,’ filled out with piano reminiscent of Big Star’s ‘Third’ or Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin’ and cracked double bass.

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Leeds-based indie rockers Menace Beach bring the sunshine on “Super Transporterreum,” their fuzzed-up slice of 90s indie with a danceable pop twist. The song, premiering, celebrates the band’s upcoming EP of the same name, out via Memphis Industries last September.  Ryan Needham and Liza Violet are quite the power duo given his charming slacker vocals electrecuted by her high-pitched harmonies on the crunch-rock melodies. Dive into a salt-water day dream in the kaleidoscopic video below and pre-order Super Tansporterreum


Set to firmly blast away any lingering Winter blues, Leeds psych-pop heroes Menace Beach return with a brand new album in the early months of 2017. the group will be touring in support of second LP Lemon Memory, due for release on January 20th.

Signed to storied indie label Memphis Industries (The Go! Team, Field Music, POLICA) the LP is the band’s second following praised 2014 debut Ratworld and was recorded in Sheffield by revered producer Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, The Fall, MIA).

Artist: Menace Beach
Song: Holidays Are Heavy
Label: Memphis Industries

Leeds noisemakers Menace Beach release their new single Give Blood on the 20th January 2017, the single drops ahead of their sophomore album “Lemon Memory” out on the same day.
Give Blood couples the raucous and scuzzy energy of Menace Beach with perhaps their most pop moment to date. Written in Ibiza, the song was the first track they recorded in Sheffield with producer Ross Orton for their album Lemon Memory. The early moments in the studio can define the whole recording process but the immediate nature of Give Blood was the perfect way to kick off the session. Lead-singer Ryan Needham elaborates.

“Starting a session with people you haven’t worked with before has the potential to be a bit daunting, but by the time we blasted through this (Give Blood) a few times it was instantly apparent there was a strong vibe there and we just rode that wave to the end of the session.”

Menace Beach will be touring the UK as a five-piece band throughout January and February next year.


From the album Lemon Memory

Menace Beach with a new single Song: Tastes Like Medicine on Memphis Industries the Leeds-based fuzz rockers are everywhere at the moment and recently played to a packed Rough Trade Record store in Nottingham . That’s why we were positively ecstatic to wake this morning to discover the band have unveiled the video for their single ‘Tastes Like Medicine’. The premiere follows the release of the Menace Beach’s debut album “Ratworld”, which came out on Memphis Industries last week.

The track is a charming piece of noise-pop that despite all its buzzing distortion, is still anchored on an infectious melody and duet vocal from Ryan Needham and Liza Violet.

The video was directed by the band’s good pal and fellow Leeds rocker Tom Hudson, more commonly of Pulled Apart By Horses. Hudson took an unenviable amount of homemade footage of Menace Beach while they were on tour with his band last year and played around with some child-like animation upon his arrival home.

He describes the process like this: “I’ve already done a couple of music videos for them before, ‘Drop Outs’ – an eyeball popping/face melting animation – and a lo-fi VHS video for the following single ‘Tennis Court’. When they asked me to produce a video for their new single ‘Tastes Like Medicine’ I thought I would try and combine the two together.”


Leeds-based fuzz-rockers Menace Beach have been floating around here and there throughout 2014, steadily building up a reputation that that has led to their debut LP Ratworld “ which has been released today via Memphis Industries the band will be playing instore  20th January – Nottingham, Rough Trade (Instore)

Menace Beach, who we know as Ryan Needham (vocals/guitar) and Liza Violet (vocals/guitar/synths), Nestor Matthews (Drums), Matt Spalding (Bass) and Hookworms’ very MJ (guitar) on guitar who also produced the record:


Leeds-based indie rock super-group featuring members of Hookworms, Sky Larkin, Komakino and You Animals.

Menace Beach were formed by core members Ryan Needham (formerly the lead singer of Derby band Komakino) and Liza Violet (currently of Department M) in 2012. Although the band have a revolving cast of musicians, it has invariably included Nestor Matthews of Sky Larkin, Matt Spalding of You Animals and MJ of Hookworms. They have also played with Robert Lee of Pulled Apart By Horses and Paul Draper of Mansun, who provided backing vocals and guitar on their BBC Radio 6 Music Marc Riley session. As a consequence of their notable members, the band have been called a supergroup. Menace Beach have released on Too Pure and French label Desire, but are currently signed to Memphis Industries; they are set to release a debut album with them in late 2014. They are currently produced by MJ of Hookworms at his Suburban Home Studio.


Leeds-based fuzz-rockers Menace Beach have been floating around here and there throughout 2014, steadily building up a reputation that that has led to their debut LPRatworld  which will be released on January 15th via Memphis Industries – becoming hugely anticipated.

Until now, there hadn’t been a full-blown tour around the UK for fans to really get their teeth stuck into, but come the end of January and the unveiling of the album, all that will change.

The band will perform in-stores in Leeds and Nottingham, and an album launch special in Kingston, before hitting the road proper at The Broadcast in Glasgow on January 25th. It all culminates with what will no doubt be a sizzling homecoming finale at Brudenell Social Club on February 1st.

What’s more, there’s also a new track for us to wrap our ears around. ‘Blue Eye’ demonstrates another string to the five-piece’s bow, taking us on an ethereal meander that embraces psychedelia and distorted balladry – this could well end up being one of the record’s most poignant sonic moments.