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Menace Beach Lowtalker
9/10 from Li'l Biz (Staff) on 10 January 2014
The meteoric rise of local scuzz-rock upstarts Menace Beach is almost beyond comprehension. I should probably fact check this but I’m sure they’d signed to Memphis Industries after playing as little as five or six live gigs. Pretty good going if you ask me and obviously helped by their impressive first EP (‘Dream Out’ still available for pretty much free on their Bandcamp page) and debut single for Too Pure (probably sold out now I’m guessing), all of which make great ear candy.
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand for the majority of 2013 then you’ll probably know that Menace Beach consist of the songwriting nucleus of Ryan Needham (previously of Komakino and You Animals...he’s the handsome Tim Wheeler one) and Liza Violet (ex-You Animals, also doing the rounds with Department M) backed by Derby buddy and ex-You Animals man Matt, Sky Larkin drummer Nestor and Leeds very own super producer and Hookworms mainman MJ. It’s basically a supergroup ripping through Leeds and fucking up everyone elses shit!
They’ve somehow managed to take fringe elements of the 90’s UK indie rock boom and forge it with the very bands that helped inspire the movement in the first place, hence they effortlessly come off sounding like the bastard offspring of Pixies, Medicine, Pavement, Quickspace and Urusei Yatsura...with tunes in abundance (you remember tunes right?).
Strongest material here is the fakey mellotron wonkiness of ‘Fortune Teller’, super slacker anthem ‘Nervous’, with it’s supremely catchy lead line, and personal favourite ‘Honolulu’, which not only shares its namesake with the lost classic Cable track but also a little of it’s DNA, especially in that dirty ass bassline.
Basically it’s all over for the other Leeds bands. Quit now. Settle down, raise a family...I’m not even joking.
6/10 according to Rob Gannon (customer) on 31st January 2014
"Yet, despite its curious cast – in which there must surely be an ego or two – the five-track Lowtalker EP is far from showy. It is playful though, shuffling through its caprices at the drop of a hat. "
Read the full review here: http://www.sicmagazine.net/7129/menace-beach-lowtalker-ep/
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