About The Membranes

Formed in 1978 in Blackpool, England, The Membranes played classic bass-driven northern post-punk and were part of the same world that produced groups like Joy Division, Bauhaus, The Fall, Sisters Of Mercy, and Cabaret Voltaire, all inspired by the punk explosion of 1977 to launch their own idiosyncratic journeys.

The band released a remarkable series of records throughout the ‘80s that combined their small town frustration with a love of heavy bass and distortion. This ultimately became a prime influence on such American noiseniks as Steve Albini, Swans and Sonic Youth.

The group reformed in 2010 at the request of My Bloody Valentine to play the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, and have since made two highly acclaimed albums, 2015’s “Dark Matter/Dark Energy” and 2019’s “What Nature Gives…Nature Takes Away”, inspired by newer bands like Godspeed You Black Emperor, Mogwai, Ulver and Wardruna, bands who fuck with the rock music template to create an personalized atmosphere and mood. 

Membranes frontman/bassist John Robb is an acclaimed British musician/author/publisher and TV/radio commentator. He is the editor-in-chief of British music monthly Louder Than War and the author of the celebrated non-fiction work Punk Rock: An Oral History.