Menace Beach are a prolific lot. The Leeds group – centred around the core duo of singers Liza Violet and Ryan Needham – only put out debut LP ‘Ratworld’ in January, but they’re already back with a new EP due for release on September 25 and entitled, rather wonderfully, ‘Super Transporterreum’.
More impressively, it’s not just a hastily thrown together set of album session offcuts, but an audible progression from their debut. The title track bobs along chanting the name of its made up sci-fi time machine before descending into a big ol’, balls-out monstrous bass riff. Think Bill and Ted, if their excellent adventure was in the Portland alt-pop scene.’Hey Toupe’ careens along in a blitzkrieg of wonky high-end noise, while ‘Ghoul Power’ pits Violet and Needham’s contrasting vocals against hooky grunge like the more melodic older sibling to buzzy Nottingham trio Kagoule. ‘The Line’, meanwhile, is potentially the most straight-up pop thing they’ve done, coating sugar-sweet melodies in a swathes of shoegaze fuzz.
Produced by godfather of the Leeds DIY scene, MJ of Hookworms, it’s a golden nugget of off-kilter gems that’ll keep you sated until LP2 arrives. Which, on their current rate of releasing things, probably won’t be long anyway.
Check out a full exclusive stream of the EP below.
Catch Menace Beach on tour:
22 Sep – Comet Club, Berlin
23 Sep – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg
25 Sep – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
26 Sep – Liverpool Pool Intentional Psych Fest
27 Sep – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
30 Sep – Harley, Sheffield
01 Oct – XFM X:posure Live, Barfly
02 Oct – Bodega, Nottingham
18 Dec – Hairy Dog, Derby