Menace Beach, the Leeds band comprising Liza Violet and Ryan Needham, bring their new album ‘Lemon Memory’ to Cambridge this month when they play The Portland on Thursday 9th, tickets on sale here.
Written in Ibiza and recorded in Sheffield with Ross Orton (MIA, Arctic Monkeys, The Fall) Lemon Memory is in part an effort to lift a citrus based curse – trust us, it’s a real thing – Ryan and Liza believe was placed on their house, via the hex-breaking power of music.
It’s also the sound of a band finding their own identity, edging closer to some sort of grimy truth. Indeed, if debut LP Ratworld was Ryan’s record, then Lemon Memory is very much the Liza LP. Ryan explains: “Liza got that look in the eye and a head-down-blinkers-on thing, and only a moron would try and get in the way of that. It’s all about keeping those ideas in their purest form and diluting as little as possible.”