Track Of The Day: Menace Beach – ‘Crawl In Love’

Fuzzy, strung-out, but fueled by positivity: Liza Violet & Ryan Needham – aka Menace Beach – have shared their new single ‘Crawl in Love’, taken from their upcoming album Black Rainbow Sound. Due on August 31st via Memphis Industries, the new record is a “a colourful world of bizzaro no-wave analogue synths and static, drenched in electronic euphoria”.

The Leeds-based band have been busy flitting between their bedrooms and The Nave studio in Leeds, writing and recording Black Rainbow Sound with producer Matt Peel (Eagulls). It’s the band’s first new material since early 2017’s Lemon Memory, and features a collaboration with Brix Smith of The Fall, and Brix and the Extricated.

Speaking about their new song ‘Crawl In Love’, Ryan said: “It’s tough to justify chucking another song with ‘love’ in the title on the pile, but ’Crawl in Love’ is truly the most unabashed, chock-full of joy song we’ve ever written and it came to us at a time when the endless horror of these times seemed to be really upping its game on a daily basis…I just went full cliche hippy and started writing list after list that explored and celebrated all ideas of love in the universe, a search for every last drop I could think of. Writing this one really gave me the mental rest I needed at that time.”

Menace Beach are gearing up to tour the UK again in October & November. Check out their dates below, and learn the words to ‘Crawl In Love’ in the meantime.

Pre-order Menace Beach’s Black Rainbow Sound here
Follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Menace Beach UK Tour Dates 2018

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

Kate Crudgington

Track Of The Day: Menace Beach (ft. Brix Smith) – ‘Black Rainbow Sound’

If you’re going to shift your sound, then who better to team up with than Brix Smith. Joining infamous post-punk Mancunians The Fall in the early ’80s, she helped reshape the band into something more akin to Californian new-wave pop. Here, she joins Leeds band Menace Beach on new single ‘Black Rainbow Sound’, ahead of the band’s third album of the same name. Menace Beach are a loose collection of musicians, a ‘sort-of supergroup’, featuring members from Hookworms and Sky Larkin, but featuring Liza Violet (formerly of Department M) and Ryan Needham (Komakino) at its core.  

‘Black Rainbow Sound’ is a notable move away from the band’s previous lo-fi ’90s alt-rock guitar noise, found on debut Ratworld and its follow-up Lemon Memory. Here, bleepy synths and loops whirl around a spiky guitar that starts off like Pavement but, as the whole builds – with a grinding bass, drums that snap to the point and vocal harmonies – starts to sound increasingly krautrocky. This is particularly true of its middle eight as Needham spits “Make it all the time, make it all the time”, before it leads into Smith, cameoing with a voice from the ether, a character that changes the song’s narrative, talking about being “between molecules…beaming out thoughts which…ricochet across the universe”. It’s delightful nonsense that breaks up the repetition of the song and, after several listens which bring out the multiple layers, the track reveals itself as a bit of a pop grower. Quite a feat from a band whose last two singles were titled ‘Maybe We’ll Drown’ and ‘Give Blood’!

With a chunky bassy chug, shiny bright synths and vocals that chime just right, the song’s multiple layers that arch together are a perfect aural depiction of the titular ‘Black Rainbow Sound’, with Brix Smith’s golden shimmer as its highest curve. With the knotting together of the natural electronic and guitar tendencies of members Liza and Ryan, ‘Black Rainbow Sound’ points towards an album that may well be Menace Beach’s best.

Black Rainbow Sound, the upcoming album from Menace Beach, is out 31st August via Memphis Industries.

John McGovern

Photo Credit: Tommy Davidson

Track Of The Day: Drahla – ‘Form Of Luxury’

Fans of alternative, hazy post-punk sounds should listen to the latest single from Leeds based band Drahla. The trio have shared new track ‘Form of Luxury’, giving listeners another “captivating insight” into their forthcoming EP, Third Article. 

The single is another swirling, manic offering from band members Luciel, Rob & Mikey. The  trio have shared stages with Parquet Courts, The Cribs, Buzzcocks, Dream Wife and Menace Beach and they’re currently supporting Canada’s METZ on their European tour.

Drahla look set for big things in 2018, so make sure you catch them before they become uncatchable. Listen to ‘Form Of Luxury’ below.

Third Article, the upcoming EP from Drahla, is out 24th November via their Blank Ad label. Follow Drahla on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington