Menace Beach Lemon Memory Memphis Industries
One of the many beloved stalwarts of the Leeds DIY indie scene, Menace Beach continue to encapsulate its talent, intrigue and bratty, 90s-influenced cool. Their second full length Lemon Memory sees them delve into some weird shit, both musically and lyrically. Written in Ibiza and then recorded in Sheffield, Lemon Memory references an alleged citrus-based curse that was placed on the band’s house and led to break-ins and rat infestations.
By turns stop-start oddball pop (Give Blood), motorik psych (Hexbreaker II) and off-kilter balladeering (Darlatroid), the record sees Menace Beach handle disparate styles while sticking to the familiar feedback and fuzz vibe their fans have come to expect from them. With lyrics that reflect both their own lemon-centric worries and the foul, worried malaise that was 2016 on the whole, Lemon Memory is an anxious and affecting display of raw indie rock.