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Menace BeachMemphis Industries
Black Rainbow Sound
Released: 7th September 2018
Leeds DIY duo Menace Beach return with their third album, Black Rainbow Sound. Title track ‘Black Rainbow Sound’ is an intoxicating ride, a kraut-influenced rollercoaster that features Brix Smith on vocals, with the band pushing the limits of their last LP - 2017’s ‘Lemon Memory’ - to its extremes, to stunning results.
On ‘Black Rainbow Sound’, Menace Beach continue to explore their own unique aesthetic, venturing much further into a colourful world of bizzaro no wave analogue synths and static drenched electronic euphoria, which they have been circling for some time.
Lustrous, dizzying, and bursting with cacophonous vintage electronics, the sounds on ‘Black Rainbow Sound’ act as an otherworldly backdrop for the album’s enigmatic lyrics to play out. Celestial conversations, night terrors, love, anti-love, good vs evil,
light vs dark, friendly crows, death, depression and teenage tongues
and are all here to absorb; the more introspective topics often hidden
in plain sight atop celebratory choruses and melodic hooks.
“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 teleported 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”