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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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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


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Menace Beach, the Leeds based duo of Ryan Needham and Liza Violet, have this week announced details of their second album, Lemon Memory, due early next year along with some tour dates, news came in the sharing of a brand new, and excellent new single, Maybe We’ll Drown.

Lemon Memory will be the follow up to their excellent 2015 debut, Ratworld. Discussing their ambitions for the record, Liza notes, “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.” Maybe We’ll Drown certainly sounds very little like the 90’s-slacker rock of their debut; fusing the staccato rhythms of Cate Le Bon with the wonky organ sound of The Horrors, Menace Beach create a claustrophobic, almost aquatic soundscape, matched neatly by the songs repeated lyric, “maybe we’ll drown, maybe we’ll all drown.” A hugely promising return, Lemon Memory is shaping up to be an intriguing departure for a band who just seem to get more interesting with each new track; it’s also going to have a scratch and sniff cover, so it could be the best smelling and best sounding release of 2017.

Lemon Memory is out January 20th via Memphis Industries. Menace Beach tour the UK in February, click HERE for details.