From: Leeds, England
With a name taken from an old Nintendo game where the player controls a skateboarding hero whose girlfriend Bunny has been kidnapped by Demon Dan you'd expect Menace Beach to be a cutesy pop band with electronic leanings. The opening 30 seconds of Tennis Court seems to confirm these suspicions but just when you're dismissing them as another in a long line of sickly sweet wimpy indie bands a blast of distortion kicks in and all preconceptions are blown away. In an instant they transform from Sarah records lite to Dinosaur Jr lite. It's sweet pop with a hard edge like a Jack Daniels based alcopop.
With the band supported by ex Mansun frontman Paul Draper, including refugees from Sky Larkin, Hookworms and Komakino and a batch of songs in the Tennis Court mould their debut album, Ratworld, scheduled for release in early next year, is a dark horse contender for the best album of 2015 lists.
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