Following January’s Ratworld album, Menace Beach make a super-fast return with the Super Transporterreum EP. Packed with fuzzy melodies it takes the frazzled sonics of 60’s psych and transplants them onto a collection of contemporary power pop gems. What’s not to like? Out on vinyl 12” from Memphis Industries.
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Sometimes it’s possible too make too many records. It only seems five minutes since pals to everyone Menace Beach released one of this years best ’90s homages in ‘Ratworld’, a record packed to the brim with indie disco circa ’93 classics -- but this swift, enjoyable enough follow-up EP fails to reach those dizzy heights. Opener ‘Super Transporterreum’ has a hook that will bring a smile to the face of any Ash fan but its constant ‘Wouldn’t it be Nice’-like breakdowns seem to stop the momentum somewhat.
It’s a good start but elsewhere it’s hard to find a decent tune. ‘Het Toupe’ is B side material at best, ‘Ghoul Power’ is powered along by a Nirvana riff and has Bis-like shouty vocals but lacks the hooks that I know they can provide. Despite Hookworms lad/Ordinary boys producer MJ’s typically gritty distorted production it just seems slightly lacking in inspiration.
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