PREVIEW: Menace Beach @ The Deaf Institute
“Blending electronic, Psychedelic textures with the rolling angsty sounds of America’s West Coast, ‘Black Rainbow Sound’ traps you inside a sonic swell that you cannot escape”
Now that the icy winds have started to hit our shores, it is confirmation that the summer festival season is firmly behind us. No longer can we hope for those idyllic warm summer evenings, watching open air live music with a cold beer in hand. Although the alcohol might be a mainstay across this transition,there is a lot that changes. Watching music in a field in the middle of nowhere has plenty of perks; the carefree experience is hard to replicate, yet it is now time to be packed into the dark venues once again and wait for the airwaves to reverberate around your minds.
We can’t think of many better artists to drag you back into gig season than the alternative Leeds outfit, Menace Beach. Blending electronic, Psychedelic textures with the rolling angsty sounds of America’s West Coast, their new album ‘Black Rainbow Sound’ traps you inside a sonic swell that you cannot escape.
The album opener and title track is a bold statement of intent and exactly what an album opener (below) should be like. A mixture of ongoing, drone-like lyrics and a thick body of bass and percussion, all pierced by the jagged edge of surf riffs and psychedelic melodies. This track sets the tone for the rest of the album. It lulls you into a hypnotic trance, and yet still carries a relentless pace that keeps your ears fixed on their sound. Although these two sides are conveyed on the record, they are built for the live experience. Whether you prefer a mellow ride among soundwaves, chatting with your mates at the back of the room, or getting right to the front ready to get lost in the limbs, their live performance will be one for you. This diverse attraction is something else that makes Menace Beach such an enticing show. From fans of Indie-Punk in the likes of Otherkin, or to Psych-pop in the form of Hookworms, this experience will give you something to savour and will unite to sides of the music world together for one special night.
After recently playing Manchester Psych-Fest, the band are more than familiar with the energy that the people of Manchester bring to a gig. This gig is set to be a meeting of minds between the one of the best city audiences and of a fantastically vibrant act, packed into one of the city’s thriving venues (The Deaf Institute) So, if you are available on the 24th of October, whack this date in your diaries now!
Tickets are available for under £10 HERE.