12 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Leeds, England–based duo of Ryan Needham and Liza Violet often invite “auxiliary” members to flesh out their sound. Menace Beach's resulting debut album, Ratworld, could be 2015’s best ‘90s-influenced release. Just as the ’80s saw a ‘60s garage-rock-psychedelia revival, so go Menace Beech, reminding us what we loved most about '90s groups like Slowdive, Helium, Melting Hopefuls, and many indie bands that disbanded upon encroaching parenthood. Violet’s “Blue Eye” soothes while songs such as “Elastic,” “Dig It Up,” and “Infinite Donut” provide a sugar rush of infectious pop melodies. “Tennis Court” might have you wondering if Menace Beach hope to open for The Breeders.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Leeds, England–based duo of Ryan Needham and Liza Violet often invite “auxiliary” members to flesh out their sound. Menace Beach's resulting debut album, Ratworld, could be 2015’s best ‘90s-influenced release. Just as the ’80s saw a ‘60s garage-rock-psychedelia revival, so go Menace Beech, reminding us what we loved most about '90s groups like Slowdive, Helium, Melting Hopefuls, and many indie bands that disbanded upon encroaching parenthood. Violet’s “Blue Eye” soothes while songs such as “Elastic,” “Dig It Up,” and “Infinite Donut” provide a sugar rush of infectious pop melodies. “Tennis Court” might have you wondering if Menace Beach hope to open for The Breeders.

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About Menace Beach

Formed in 2012 by core members Ryan Needham (Komakino) and Liza Violet (Department M), Leeds-based band Menace Beach are considered to be a bit of an indie supergroup. With a rotating cast of notable auxiliary members that frequently includes Nestor Matthews (Sky Larkin), MJ (Hookworms), and Matt Spalding (You Animals), they blend fuzzed-out '90s-style indie with big melodic pop. They made their debut in 2012 with the Dream Out EP on French label Desire, followed a year later by a single on the London-based Too Pure label. Their reputation grew quickly and, with only those two releases to their credit, they were covered in NME, Drowned in Sound, and The Guardian and recorded a session for BBC Radio 6. Following the release of their second EP, 2014's Lowtalker, they signed with Memphis Industries, which released their debut album, Ratworld, in early 2015. Written in Ibiza and recorded in Sheffield, England, the band's follow-up, Lemon Memory, arrived in January 2017. ~ Timothy Monger

ORIGIN
Leeds, England
FORMED
2012

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