Menace Beach consist of Ryan Needham (vocals, guitar), Liza Violet (vocals / guitar / synths), Nestor Matthews (drums, also in Sky Larkin), Matt Spalding (bass, also in You Animals), MJ (guitar, also in Hookworms), and an ever-changing group of friends and acquaintances. From the looks of the band's line up, this Leeds duo have quite an impressive bank of friends and acquaintances to draw from.
Both 'Tennis Court' and 'lowtalkin'' were recorded, produced and mixed in Spring, with MJ at his Suburban Home studios in Leeds. One of the afore mentioned friends and acquaintances featured is Lan Mcardle (Joanne Gruesome) who you can hear shouting “with nothing in it” in ‘Tennis Court’, and “lowtalkin’” in... well, 'lowtalkin''
Whoever happens to be in the band that day, they always create delicious lo-fi with just the right amount of ups and downs. 'Tennis Court' is much more psych influenced in its rolling verses and intermittent blurts of noise, whereas 'lowtalkin'' is plain old punk rock. Needham's vocals naturally carry that Californian blasé drawl, and the VHS influenced video compliments it perfectly.
You can see Menace Beach at Southsea Festival 20.09.14. We'll be there! Read what other bands we'll be seeing by clicking here.
You can also download 'lowtalkin'' by clicking the Soundcloud button below.