by Bill Pearis

Menace Beach

Leeds band Menace Beach will release their debut album, Ratworld, on January 27. Indebted to '90s college radio -- a lot of indie rock, with a little MBV "glide guitar" slathered on here and there -- the album is jam-packed with big hooks and catchy choruses, plus noisy freakouts and beautiful parts, too. The band is ostensibly Ryan Needham and Liza Violet, but MJ from Hookworms produced the album and also plays bass in the live band (which also includes Nestor from Sky Larkin on drums). Along with the new Twerps album (to mention two), indie rock is alive and well and worth listening to in 2015. You can stream the whole thing, via Hype Machine, below.

Menace Beach will be on a UK tour this month and those dates are listed below. No dates for North America, but you can catch MJ with Hookworms in April.

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Menace Beach - Ratworld tracklist
01 Come On Give Up
02 Elastic
03 Drop Outs
04 Lowtalkin
05 Blue Eye
06 Dig It Up
07 Tennis Court
08 Ratworld
09 Tastes Like Medicine
10 Pick Out The Pieces
11 Infinite Donut
12 Fortune Teller

Menace Beach - 2015 UK Tour Dates
19th Jan - Leeds, Jumbo Records
22nd Jan - Kingston, New Slang
25th Jan - Glasgow, Broadcast
26th Jan - Manchester, The Castle
27th Jan - Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
28th Jan - Bristol, Louisiana
29th Jan - London, Sebright Arms
30th Jan - Brighton, Prince Albert
1st Feb - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
12th Feb - London, Boston Arms (NME Awards Show)

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