The Membranes facebook page
Legendary UK post punk band the Membranes reformed in 2012 after being asked to play the ATP festival by that year’s curators My Bloody Valentine – who used to support the Membranes in their early days.
The band had not played for 26 years but the reaction was so great at the festival they were also asked by more fans of their early wok Shellac to play the year after.
double page feature in Mojo magazine about the gig
The Membranes were an influential underground UK band and their influence is measured across the scene touching American noise bands like Shellac, Big Black, Dinosaur Jnr (who filmed the video for Freak Scene in their back garden!) and Sonic Youth through to the British and European underground scenes.
The band did’t want to rest on the past though and have recorded and released a 2015 album, Dark Matter/Dark Energy which received great reviews across Europe and lots of radio play. A double album about the universe, life and death it’s an ambitious work sparked after membranes frontman met the head of the CERN project at a Tedx talk they were both giving. The album reviews/videos and more information are here.
Review of choir concert in the Quietus
The band are always keen to seek out challenges and have been playing special concerts with a choir.
Inspired after John Robb saw the Sireen choir perform in Estonia last year – they played a concert together in Estonia which got a great reaction. Recently they also played with the Bjazz choir in Portugal and plan two UK dates with different choirs in Manchester and London in June and are speaking to promoters worldwide about more special events.
The concert is part of their ‘Universe Explained’s series where they play with he choir but also John Robb does an in conversation with a CERN scientist.