Leeds based Menace Beach will release their debut album, Ratworld, on January 19.

The band, who originally formed in 2012, have also announced their first UK tour, which will include a date at The Castle on January 26.

The record will be released through Memphis Industries, and the band have shared new song Blue Eye from the album.

The band was formed after the breakup of Derby band Komakino, whose vocalist Ryan Needham now shares vocal duties with Liza Violet in Menace Beach.

The pair are joined by Hookworms singer Matthew ‘MJ’ Johnson on guitar and production duties, Nestor Matthews of Sky Larkin on drums, and Matt Spalding of You Animals on bass.

Speaking about Blue Eye, Liza said: “Blue Eye is very personal to me. Its working title was ‘This Is My Song’ because I wouldn’t let anyone else near it!

“I suppose lyrically there are a lot of feelings of insecurity in there, and of questioning yourself and searching for some sort of self worth. It felt like a healthy process to make something exactly how I wanted it to be.”

Explaining the album’s title, Ryan added: “We’ve created our own grubby little Ratworld to inhabit.

“Everything is better when it’s a bit grubby and broken.”

 Menace Beach will play:

19 January – Leeds, Jumbo Records (Instore)
20 January – Nottingham, Rough Trade (Instore)
22 January – Kingston, New Slang (Album Release Show)
25 January – Broadcast, Glasgow
26 January – The Castle, Manchester
27 January – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
28 January – Louisiana, Bristol
29 January – Sebright Arms, London
30 January – Prince Albert, Brighton
01 February – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

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