Menace Beach is Ryan Needham (vocals, guitar) and Liza Violet (vocals / guitar / synths), Nestor Matthews (Drums), Matt Spalding (Bass) and MJ (guitar) plus a revolving cast of friends and acquaintances
Having served notice of their intent with the ‘Lowtalker EP’ earlier this year, Menace Beach will release a double A-side ‘Tennis Court / Lowtalkin’ on Memphis Industries on 1st September.
Just a little bit of background: after several un-treated breakdowns and a subsequent rash decision to relocate to Leeds, Ryan and Liza shacked up with MJ (Hookworms) to re-imagine their crackly 8-track demos. Joining them on the session, were friends Nestor Matthews (Sky Larkin) Matt Spalding, and Robert Lee (Pulled Apart By Horses) who fought their way through Liza’s rats nest of cables and home-made synth modules to blast through the songs during another all-nighter, having so much fun in the process that they all decided to stick around.
Both tracks were recorded, produced and mixed in the spring of this yearm with MJ at his Suburban Home studios in Leeds. Friend of band Lan Mcardle of Joanne Gruesome was on hand to lend her admirably shouty pipes to both tracks (the line “with nothing in it” in ‘Tennis Court’, and the “lowtalkin’” yell that propels the track of the same name), and where ‘Tennis Court’ shows off Ryan and Liza’s inclination towards fuzzed out, psyched up melody, ‘Lowtalkin’ is a sub-two minute blast of exhilarating noise.
Menace Beach are playing UK dates across the summer as they prep their debut album
1. Tennis Court
UK Tour Dates
Jul 11 East Village Arts Club, Liverpool
Jul 12 Sub89, Reading w/ the Cribs
Jul 25 Tramlines, Sheffield, w/ the Cribs
Aug 01 Ynot Festival, Derbyshire
Aug 10 Beacons Festival, Skipton
Sep 20 Southsea Festival, Portsmouth