Menace Beach


Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Name, where are you from?
Ryan Needham, Leeds

Describe your style in three words?
Same Clothes Daily. 

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Can’t rest on a best one ever but seeing Traams at Southsea Festival is up there. They were drunk and angry and totally locked in and played everything really fast but really well. It was chaotic and felt really alive. 

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The Modern Lovers, because they made one of my favourite albums ever and there isn’t much-recorded footage of them. Hendrix at one of his first shows in New York, being at the side of that stage would just be unreal.

Which Subcultures have influenced you? 
I guess it falls into Punk, but discovering the No Wave thing has helped me learn to embrace dissonance.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Patti Smith, I really like the way she thinks and writes. Lots of questions to ask. Seems like she’d be nice.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. It's just consistently the best vibe of anywhere I’ve been, and it’s home. Also shout out to Amsterdam Paradiso. It's a huge beautiful gothic church and we played the first Menace Beach show outside of the UK there.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Around the start of this band it was probably Bob Pollard, Guided By Voices. If you watch the ‘Watch Me Jumpstart’ documentary then you’ll immediately understand why. Discovering GBV made me ditch everything I thought was right or expected about approaching music. A real year zero moment.

Leeds no-wave duo Menace Beach (Liza Violet and Ryan Needham) have just released their latest album 'Black Rainbow'. The album contains songs featuring Brix Smith of The Fall, and Brix and the Extricated. With the new record, Menace Beach continue to explore their unique aesthetic, venturing further into a colourful world of analogue synths and static drenched electronic euphoria.

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