Formed in 2012 by core members Ryan Needham (Komakino
) and Liza Violet (Department M), Leeds-based band Menace Beach are considered to be a bit of an indie supergroup.
With a rotating cast of notable auxiliary members that frequently includes Nestor Matthews (Sky Larkin
), MJ (Hookworms
), and Matt Spalding (You Animals), they blend fuzzed-out '90s-style indie with big melodic pop. They made their debut in 2012 with the Dream Out EP on French label Desire
, followed a year later by a single on the London-based Too Pure
label. Their reputation grew quickly and, with only those two releases to their credit, they were covered in NME, Drowned in Sound, and The Guardian and recorded a session for BBC Radio 6. Following the release of their second EP, 2014's Lowtalker, they signed with Memphis Industries
, which released their debut album, Ratworld, in early 2015. Written in Ibiza and recorded in Sheffield, England, the band's follow-up, Lemon Memory, arrived in January 2017. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi