Leeds-based Menace Beach return with their third album ‘Black
Rainbow Sound’, due out via Memphis Industries.
‘Black Rainbow Sound’ is the band’s first new material since early
2017’s ‘Lemon Memory’ and, after a self-imposed break from tour
duties, the album exhibits a profound shift in their sound, whilst still
mainlining the blasts of noise, visceral power and timeless pop
songsmithery of their previous releases.
Unlike the band’s previous records, ‘Black Rainbow Sound’ came to
life in the bands studio, where Liza Violet and Ryan Needham built
dense late night orchestrations from drum machines, synthesizers,
loops and guitar noise, before being ripped apart and reimagined by
the full Menace Beach cast at The Nave studio in Leeds with coproducer
Matt Peel (Eagulls).
Never ones to shy away from an intriguing collaboration, Black
Rainbow Sound contains songs featuring Brix Smith of The Fall and
Brix & The Extricated. “The synchronicity of the universe just forced
us and Brix together. The very day l finished reading her biography
she played us on her BBC 6Music show along with a wonderfully outthere
monologue of how the song made her feel. I said thanks, we
got chatting and it went from there. She’s a burning comet of
On ‘Black Rainbow Sound’, Menace Beach continue to explore their
own unique aesthetic, venturing much further into a colourful world
of bizzaro no wave analogue synths and static drenched electronic
euphoria, which they have been circling for some time.
Lustrous, dizzying, and bursting with cacophonous vintage
electronics, the sounds on ‘Black Rainbow Sound’ act as an
otherworldly backdrop for the album’s enigmatic lyrics to play out.
Celestial conversations, night terrors, love, anti-love, good vs evil,
light vs dark, friendly crows, death, depression and teenage tongues
and are all here to absorb; the more introspective topics often hidden
in plain sight atop celebratory choruses and melodic hooks.