Having released their debut album Ratworld in January of this year, Menace Beach’s fizzing, over caffeinated creativity needed another outlet. So, in-between touring with the likes of Drenge and the Cribs, and becoming one of Johnny Marr’s new favourite bands, Menace Beach found time to head into the Suburban Home studio with Hookworm’s MJ to record a brand new EP, Super Tranporterreum', on Memphis Industries. Listen below.
With its title coming from a flu-fever hallucination Liza experience while on tour, lead track "Super Transporterreum" perfectly sums up Menace Beach’s off-kilter approach: all effervescent melody and hurtling fuzzed up guitars, not to mention the juddering half-speed choruses that, according to Menace Beach, feature “three bass guitars simultaneously doing a Bryan May riff."
Elsewhere, "Hey Toupe" is an adrenaline fuelled arpeggiated thrash that Ryan says is “about a guy in London that made my skin crawl so much that it left my body and started heading back up the M1.” "Ghoul Power" cranks up the grunge in a tale about a pocket-size alien ghoul who soaks up your darkness and anxieties, who ends up a sweaty pale wreck after Menace Beach take him to too many parties and it shows (“It isn't meant to be as cheaply metaphorical as it sounds” says Ryan).
The Super Transporterreum EP is a distillation of what Menace Beach have previously called their “own grubby little Ratworld”, now with added technicolour. With band leaders Ryan and Liza’s unmistakable vocal interplay coming to the fore, their lopsided surreal and esoteric creativity means they have created a sound that is unmistakably their own.
Menace Beach will head in to the studio to record their second album shortly, having completed a number of UK dates on tour this year, including Dot to Dot Festival, the live footage from which you can view in the below excluisve video.
Photo by Ben Lewis