2015 saw The Membranes return from a 26 year hiatus to take the UK music scene by storm. They embarked on a tour of America and they somehow managed to distil the very essence of the universe into a remarkable double album ‘Dark Matter/Dark Energy’. 2016 sees them touring with Therapy and Killing Joke, recording a second session in just four months for BBC 6 Music and releasing a remix of the album featuring reinterpretations of their tracks from Youth, Jah Wobble and The Bad Seeds, and Clint Mansell.
After a twenty-six year break The Membranes broke all the rules of rock with a double album that was so perfectly realised it was been listed by media outlets around the world as one of the best albums of 2015.
‘Dark Matter/Dark Energy’ is a groundbreaking and eclectic work dealing with the biggest themes head on – the universe, sex and death. With a musical and lyrical daring, the band takes the post punk era’s idea of experimental fervour and combines this with pioneering and influentia musicianship to produce their most accomplished album yet, which is also now their best selling album, awash with their off-kilter mix of angular post-punk adventure, Krautrock-ish soundscapes and edginess.
In January The Membranes join BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley for their second session in four months – this time with a choir. Spring sees the band touring with Therapy and a remix of the Dark Matter/Dark Energy in full is scheduled for release in April. The album will feature remixes from the likes of Youth from Killing Joke, The Bad Seeds, Einsturzende Neubauten, Godflesh, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Therapy, Reverend And The Makers, Clint Mansell, Keith Levene, Jah Wobble, JJ Burnel and many others.
The album will be launched with a series of special event gigs where the band will again perform with the choir and John Robb will interview leading scientists in an event called The Universe Explained. Summer sees a series of special festival appearances across Europe as well as lives dates as special guests of Killing Joke on their American tour.
Feb 09: Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL
Feb 10: Rumba Cafe, Columbus, OH
Feb 18: Thekla, Bristol, United Kingdom
Feb 19: The Globe, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Feb 20: Southampton Engine Rooms, Southampton, United Kingdom
Feb 25: Sheffield Plug, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Mar 03: Therapy? – The Wardrobe, Leeds, United Kingdom
Mar 12: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Mar 25: Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Mar 26: Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
May 14: The Flapper, Sturminster Newton, United Kingdom