Menace Beach – “Tastes Like Medicine” (Stereogum Premiere)

Compared to the first two singles from Menace Beach’s forthcoming debut Ratworld, “Tastes Like Medicine” feels more straight-forward: It doesn’t have the simmering intensity of “Blue Eye” or the unfettered crunchiness of “Come On Give Up,” but it makes up for it with a finely-tuned sense of what makes a kickass rock song. Everything that the Leeds-based group does is a little mucky so even when they’re channeling sparkling rock like they do here, they have a frenetic energy that keeps things decidedly off-kilter, a careen that even Liza Violet’s soothing coos can’t straighten. Listen below.

Ratworld is out 1/27 via Memphis Industries.

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