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.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 22 September 2015
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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