Punk Legends Membranes New Album “What Nature Gives…Nature Takes Away”
‘A dark and brooding double album of psychedelic post-punk soundscapes under the tutelage of Hieronymus Bosch…’ MARK LANEGAN
“A dark and brooding double album of post punk psychedelic soundscapes under the tutelage of Hieronymous Bosch…” ANDY CAIRNS – THERAPY
“Sounds great – the choir is a special touch” IAN BROWN
Membranes recent ‘Breathe In/Breathe Out’ single has been a surprise success for the band and has created a new wave of new interest in the album it was remixed from. The influential UK post punk band raised eyebrows with the song which was built around a moody epic choir and was about the key word of 2020 ‘Breathe’
The album that the track came from is “What Nature Gives…Nature Takes Away” double album, recorded with the band’s own 20-piece choir that juxtaposed their dark drones and melancholic epic power across sixteen songs about the beauty and violence of nature. The album features guest appearances from the likes of Chris Packham, Shirley Collins, Jordan and Kirk Brandon, all dealing with various themes of nature. It was the follow up their critically acclaimed universe-explaining 2015 album ‘Dark Matter/Dark Energy,’ which received rave reviews and radio play on BBC 6 Music.
The Nature album I a diverse work with songs that vary from dark, brooding and cinematic choir-driven post-punk that seethe with nature, sex and death, the album has been described as sounding like Hieronymus Bosch paintings; discordant wild songs about crows, demon flowers, strange perfumes, voluptuous petals, voluminous oceans and treacherous seasons – the poetry of life and death. Musically it shifts from seething musical pulses to epic
choir driven post-punk, from dark dub workouts and throbbing dirty disco dark wave, grinding bass driven apocalyptic visions to choir driven dark opera and brooding classical.
Inspired by the DIY aesthetic of punk rock and Buzzcocks Spiral Scratch EP, Membranes formed in Blackpool in 1977. They created their own distinctive bass driven post punk that was big influence on the underground scene and were John Peel and music press favourites before splitting in 1990. When one of their former support bands, My Bloody Valentine, asked them to reform for a festival in 2010 the band returned and recorded their most acclaimed and bestselling album – 2015’s ‘Dark Matter/Dark Energy’ and played at festivals across the world.