Leeds-based collective Menace Beach have announced their return with 'Black Rainbow Sound', the churning title track of their forthcoming third album, due out August 31st. The lead track from the album introduces us to the no-wave band's new, augmented sound, which features a lot more synth than previously coloured their work.

Liza Violet says of their shift in dynamic: "there’s always been a bit of artistic push and pull between us on the balance of synth noise vs guitars noise and the guitars have previously always taken over, probably because we all know now how to make loud guitars sound really exciting in a room. But when we started writing this record I was feeling too much reality in the sound of a guitar and I really wanted to give something more this time. Once I had the sounds in my head I couldn’t really compromise."

Ryan Needham offers his take, saying "Liza has always made electronic music and has a very unique approach to what she creates on her synths so I knew she’d do something magical if she took the reins in the studio. Turns out she was planning a subtle-yet-hostile takeover all along anyway."

'Black Rainbow Sound' maintains the usual momentum and fuzz from Menace Beach, but the bolstered synth adds several new pressure points. First there is the sheer colour of the bolshy instrument, painting itself across the grounded fuzz. There's also a tension to the interlocking elements, as they grind their way through the track beneath the pair's angelic falsettos. The Fall's Brix Smith is also in the mix, giving a punk edge to the intertwining vocals. As the synths start to edge their way into the spotlight a bit more, the song picks up weight and speed, delivering us emphatically into the land of Menace Beach's Black Rainbow Sound. Check it out below.

Black Rainbow Sound comes out through Memphis Industries on August 31st and can be pre-ordered here. Catch Menace Beach at these dates:

18 Oct – Derby, The Hairy Dog
20 Oct – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
22 Oct – Glasgow, Broadcast
23 Oct – Newcastle, The Cluny 2
24 Oct – Manchester, Deaf Institute
25 Oct – London, Oslo
26 Oct – Bristol, Rough Trade
27 Oct – Sheffield, Picture House Social
02 Nov – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club