MENACE BEACH SHARE VIDEO FOR ‘TASTES LIKE MEDICINE’
VIDEO DIRECTED BY TOM HUDSON OF PULLED APART BY HORSES
BAND PLAY SEBRIGHT ARMS, LONDON TONIGHT / CONFIRM TOUR WITH THE CRIBS
Leeds based Menace Beach have today shared their video for ‘Tastes Like Medicine’, the current single from their debut album Ratworld. The film effortlessly blends live footage and hand-drawn animation to create a unique visual companion to the single, which has been a mainstay of BBC 6 Music’s playlist for several weeks and also a favourite of Huw Stephens on Radio 1.
Tom Hudson, of Pulled Apart By Horses, directed the video: “I’ve already done a couple of music videos for them before: ‘Drop Out’s’ – an eyeball popping / face melting animation and a lofi VHS video for the following single ‘Tennis Court’.
“When they asked me to produce a video for their new single ‘Tastes Like Medicine’ I thought I would try and combine the two together. Menace Beach came out on the road with my band Pulled Apart By Horses on our last UK tour. I shot all the footage over that tour – catching chunks of their sets / soundchecks & just generally goofing about in the different venues.
“After ploughing through the footage when I returned home I started to rotoscope and animate over the top of the footage, trying to keep things frantic and spontaneous (even though animation can be pretty painstaking!) I think the trashy footage and playful animations represent the vibe of the track pretty well. My favourite bit is when the drummer, Nestor is chopping up sausages…. sorry mate!“
Menace Beach play Sebright Arms, London tonight as part of their debut UK tour before support shows with The Cribs.
29 January – Sebright Arms, London
30 January – Prince Albert, Brighton
01 February – Brudenell, Leeds
11 February – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham w/ The Cribs
12 February – Boston Dome, London (NME Awards Show, w/Drenge)
14 February – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth w/ The Cribs
15 February – The Fleece, Bristol w/ The Cribs
17 February – The Ooblack, Birmingham w/ The Cribs
20 February – King Tuts, Glasgow w/ The Cribs
22 February – Leadmill, Sheffield w/ The Cribs
25 February – The Ritz, Manchester w/ The Cribs
11 April – Motel Mozaique Festival, Rotterdam
14-16 May – The Great Escape, Brighton
‘Drop Outs’ video
Back in 1990, Color Dream games released Menace Beach for the then popular NES games console from Nintendo. Imagine skateboarding through a side-scrolling 8-bit world filled with balloons, clowns and disgruntled dockworkers in search of your cute pixelated girlfriend Bunny. It’s from this slightly surreal, esoteric world that this Leeds indie rock revolving cast of local luminaries, headed by Ryan Needham and Liza Violet, draw their name. Its reference acts as the perfect backdrop to their ’90s American underground and pre-Brit Pop indie; colourful, energetic, pop and always surprising.
Ryan and Liza are ably assisted by Hookworm’s singer Matthew ‘MJ’ Johnson on guitar and production duties, Nestor Matthews on drums and Matt Spalding on bass.
Their debut album, recorded at MJ’s Suburban Home studios across the summer of 2014 is a thirteen song assault and journey through a psyche tinged wonderland, documenting moving away and waving goodbye to the fractured rubble of an unhappy lifestyle. Of the title, Ryan says “We’ve created our own grubby little Ratworld to inhabit. Everything is better when it’s a bit grubby and broken”. It’s that dreamy sensation of taking comfort in chaos, looking around at the perfect mess you’ve created and feeling deeply content as it’s yours and no one else’s.
Check out previous singles ‘Blue Eye’, ‘Fortune Teller’, ‘Tennis Court’ and ‘Come on Give Up’