Seminal UK 80s underground/post-punk band, The Membranes formed in Blackpool, Lancashire, in the 1977 with Louder Than War editor, John Robb as one of the main members.
Moving away from the jangling, melodic rock which was dominating the UK at the time, The Membranes are credited with influencing the emerging noise from the US underground with the likes of Big Black and Sonic Youth.
When they moved to Manchester they rehearsed next door to the, then, just formed Stone Roses. After striking up a friendship with the ‘Roses, they were told by Mercury Rev, Lambchop and many other American underground bands that their music was an unlikely yet key influence on them, due to the long and chaotic tours of the USA The Membranes played when signed to Homestead records.
The band, who reformed to play ATP festival at the request of My Bloody Valentine and then Shellac, are planning a summer of festivals and other ‘activities’ before they release their first album for 25 years this October.
They will also be playing a very special gig date, set to take place at the top of Blackpool Tower on August 8th 2014, as the UK’s highest ever gig at 158 meters above ground level. This very special show will see the band revealing material from their upcoming album. This gig will feature in a documentary about the unique group, due for broadcast in the autumn.
The Membranes first album in 25 years, Dark Matter, is due for release October 27th via Cherry Red Records. A melting pot of post punk, psychedelic rock, noise and drone, also harbouring neo classical pieces, the album is an aural adventure all about the universe, tangled with an autobiographical tale of life and death.
The band claim the album is “not a rock n roll project, but a high decibel orchestra playing discordant death disco symphonies about life and the universe and beyond. With music that varies from classic Membranes discordant noise, to drone rock epics, to neo classical orchestrated pieces to psych outs, to a walk on the dark side exercise in post punk with dark dub exercises…”
August 8th - Blackpool Tower (‘158 live’)
August 23rd - Brighton Concorde 2 (the Wedding Present’s at the Seaside Festival)
September 13th - Wakefield Long Division Festival
October 21st - Helsinki
November - Brazil tour