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One of the key underground bands in the UK in the 80s, The Membranes powerful bass driven, post punk trip has been an influence on scenes as diverse as Grindcore (Napalm Death credit them as starting the scene with their Death To Trad Rock EP), shoe gazing - My Bloody Valentine used to support them, the UK 80s underground of Big Flame, Bogshed, A Witness etc and American bands like Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jnr, Mercury Rev and Big Black who all noted the bands influence with Steve Albini's first recording work outside his own being Membranes 1987 Kiss Ass Godhead album.
When the Membranes were asked to reform by My Bloody Valentine In 2010 few would have thought that after the emotional gig they would have gone to the studio and recorded a whole new double album. Not only that but Dark Matter/Dark Eenrgy is the band's best received - with great reviews worldwide - and best selling release in their history. A concept album about the universe sparked by a meeting between Membranes frontman John Robb and the head of the CERN project sparked a dark and tumultuous work.
The band's revival has seen many festivals and support tours with The Sisters Of Mercy, Killing Joke, the Stranglers, Sleaford Mods, Therapy, The Undertones, My Bloody Valentine etc and a remix of the whole of the Dark Matter/Dark Energy album provided by several fellow travelers who said they loved the album from Mark Lanegan to Einsturzende Neubauten to Therapy to Clint Mansell to Youth from Killing Joke.