Album Review: Menace Beach - Ratworld
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★★★★☆ Their string of online releases rode a wave of hype and critical acclaim and now Leeds-based Menace Beach have dropped a debut album worthy of the fuss. A hotchpotch of retro 90s indie sounds Ratworld is flying the flag for the best of British guitar music. Essentially the work of lead vocalists/power duo Ryan Needham and Liza Violet, Menace Beach’s ranks are completed by the best of the local indie scene (with musical history in Pulled Apart By Horses, Hookworms, Sky Larkin amongst others). Laden with hooks and effortlessly sweet tones, opening track ‘Come On Give Up’ carries hints of Britpop, bathed in feedback. ‘Drop Outs’ has the echoed undertones of 60s psyche-pop, with a lo-fi indie edge, whilst ‘Lowtalkin’ is a snotty, explosive burst of punk noise and feedback. Acting as a bullet of explosive, splattered punk and piercing instrumentals fired up ‘Lowtalkin’ highlights the perfected ear for musical arrangement.
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