Membranes 'Dark Matter/Dark Energy'
The Membranes return with their first album for 25 years.
Inspired by the universe, sex and death, album is a double album that ranges from the noise to string sections to drones...
Long and intense talks about the universe followed and the idea of the birth and then the death of the universe seemed perfect for a song cycle for the Membranes new album and for special one of gigs called The Universe Explained where Robb interviews scientists on stage and the band play at the end.
All the songs touch on aspects of space- from the opening track that is about the big bang of the universe to Joe himself explaining the universe over the spooky Multiverse Suite to the closing track, the Hum Of The Universe ,where the band try and capture the beauty and violence of the end of the universe and a human life.
During the recording of the album Robb’s own father died and his death is threaded through many of the songs and the idea that when we all die we return our dust and energy to the endless void. Tracks like In The Graveyard deal directly with watching his father die and his father can even be heard talking about the universe at the beginning of the same track.
Musically the Membranes had no interest in being a retro band. The double album seems them moving forward and experimenting with a fervent post punk, a psychedelia, dark dub, drones, neo classical pieces, stripped down film score and rushes of noisy discord. Built around the bass guitar - the key instrument of the post punk period that birthed the band this is a 21st century music made by a band who have been left to make music on their own terms.
The Membranes album is now on sale HERE
You can watch Membranes new video for opening track from Dark Matter/Dark Energy double album below
The song is called 'The Universe Explodes Into A Billion Photons Of Pure White Light'