ALBUM REVIEW: The Membranes – Dark Matter/Dark Energy | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Cherry Red Records

Released: 22.6.15

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The Membranes began in 1977, and Dark Matter/Dark Energy is their 10th studio album. Showcasing raw guitars, a ragged psychedelia, bittersweet Northern humour and a punk rock DIY approach to their art, the theme throughout is space and sci-fi, with opening track The Universe Explodes… echoing Pink Floyd’s late-60s freakouts. Dark Matter pursues a Neu-like motorik direction, with transmitters bleeping and synths wailing, while Do The Supernova sounds like a lost Can tape.

Led by punk historian and media pundit John Robb, The Membranes are proof (if proof were needed) that age is no obstacle to making fine, life-affirming, rock ‘n’ roll. Fusing late-60s psych to early-70s space rock without losing any of the fiery punk energy that inspired them back in 1977.

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