Release Date: Sep 7, 2018
Record label: Memphis Industries
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Menace Beach claim that "the best albums spend the first 30 seconds repeating the album title over and over again". That may or may not be true, but the opening half-minute of 'Black Rainbow Sound' certainly lays out the foundations of what's to come on the Leeds band's determined third album. The sound in question is made up of motorik beats, distorted guitars, electro-clash synths and the complementary interplay between vocalists Ryan Needham and Liza Violet.
A year after releasing Lemon Memory, Leeds-based noise rock duo Menace Beach return with their third album titled Black Rainbow Sound. Though their prior release proved to be a solid effort by the vigorous outfit, it was musically unspectacular and lacked the cacophonous viciousness of their debut Ratworld. Nevertheless, by moving out of their comfort zone, Black Rainbow Sound harnesses the vitality of their debut and launches them into an otherworldly realm tethered between no-wave and synth-coated noise rock.
Someone once said that over the rainbow the dreams you dare to dream really do come true. If this is correct then 'Black Rainbow Sound' is the soundtrack to Menace Beach's dreams. Since their 2015 debut album, Menace Beach have been purveyors of delirious psych-pop. A place where retro sounding synths jostle with fuzzed out guitars, pulsing bass lines and delicate lilting vocals.