MENACE BEACH – Where I Come From
aaamusic | On 08, Dec 2013
‘Where I Come From’ is covered in a blanked of distorted static fuzz that characterizes its sound. Opening with what sounds like a dismal surfer guitar riff, the song plays with the idea of summer lovin with a twisted, distorted haze which ironically gives it a slightly darker ambiance. The song is overall upbeat with a subtle sinister quality that is emphasized somewhat by the bass in the chorus and the winding guitar riffs. The vocals of Ryan Needham mirror this. They are calming yet simultaneously gritty as twin vocalist Liza Webster adds a soothing quality to the track.
Set to be released on their five track EP Lowtalker on January 13 2014 the song is in keeping with the core concept of the EP of which Needham says: “I guess the songs on Lowtalker are about … getting better, making friends and trying to reconnect mentally and spiritually. I feel like there’s a lot of positivity on there.” Lyrically, ‘Where I Come From’, fits this description comfortably as it reminisces of the past; a journey and ultimately where they come from. Overall the song has an incredible unique feel which is undoubtedly due to the fact that many of the musicians are derived from different backgrounds which includes MJ of Hookworms on lead guitar Nestor Matthews of Sky Larkin on drums, Robert Lee of Pulled Apart By Horses on guitar/ bass Matt Spalding on bass and, very occasionally, Paul Draper ex-Mansun legend on guitar and back up vocals. The result is a song with tremendous depth and numerous layers.
Shane O Neill