Here come two new tracks of noise-making from Leeds-based indie pop band Menace Beach: "Tennis Court", a psych rock thriller, and "Lowtalkin'" a pure noise affair. The record comes courtesy of a big roster of bands, featuring members of Hookworms, Sky Larkin, Pulled Apart By Horses and Joanna Gruesome doing various great things.
- Tennis Court
8/10 Brian Staff review, 28 August 2014
Really nice to finally check Menace Beach out, they're a local lot with the girls and the boys in the ranks. The angry lad who punches the sky in The Hookworms like he's raging at God, he's there in the noise somewhere, I think he may be producing which he's quite in demand for these days. Possibly backing vocals and handclaps? Freaky dancin'? I dunno. I heard he virtually lives in a studio! Imagine that! I tend to get distracted when singles are playing, thinking of clouds, squirrels and greasy takeaway food but this one keeps on dragging me back from the confused miasma of unwanted images in my head. I think it's the cute stoner fuzz distortion, the classic melodic post-grunge dirt-pop stylings. 'Tennis Court' has just got this indeterminable thing that reminds you of better times. The sparsely applied organ line is adorable, the icing on the cake, and thus provides a giddily disintegrating circus vibe to proceedings.
'Lowtalkin'' is a different beast with a low grinding riff (i think the word is "repeato" but that's Mike's word, I'm not allowed to use that one), looped falsetto vocals and heads down hard rockin' determination. It's like early Six By Seven doing Motorhead although I could get laughed at for being really old and delusional due to that comparison. Over in minutes, like these little critters are. A full length must be in the wings surely.
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