MEMORIALS (Verity Susman from Electrelane & Matthew Simms from Wire) reveal new single and video for ‘Acceptable Experience’

MEMORIALS, the duo consisting of Verity Susman and Matthew Simms (previously of Electrelane and Wire), release their debut single ‘Acceptable Experience’  on Fire Records on 17th June. Fresh from a run of live dates across Australia earlier this month, they are preparing for the release of their debut album due out later this year.

‘Acceptable Experience’  is built on two interlocked bass lines, dancing Farfisa riffs and layered tape loops. It describes a fate of unrealised plans, missed boats and dashed hopes as life changes course and spirals away beyond control: “Expect so much and receive so few returns, it’s a long running curse”.

Filled with the freedom of Sun Ra, powered by soulful, groove-based basslines, drawing on the tape experiments of Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire and The Radiophonic Workshop and threaded through with infectious melodies, MEMORIALS sit comfortably alongside Broadcast, Portishead, Arthur Russell, The Velvet Underground, Yo La Tengo and Tortoise.

As multi-instrumentalists they have honed their sound for live shows as a duo, juggling instruments in a set-up resembling that of a 5-piece band and live looping on a reel-to-reel tape machine.

Following their acclaimed 2023 soundtracks ‘Women Against The Bomb’  and ‘Tramps!’, a tour with Stereolab (they’ve been called “Stereolab’s evil twin”) and a new music commission from the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Verity Susman and Matthew Simms have arrived at MEMORIALS in reverse, escaping their cinematic day jobs to channel the spirit of free jazz, creating cosmic journeys into psychedelic rock, far-out folk and wild analogue electronics.

They originally met as part of the Too Pure label in the late 2000s when Verity’s Electrelane rubbed shoulders with Matthew’s It Hugs Back, his band prior to joining influential post-punk band Wire as guitarist.

‘Acceptable Experience’  is a most acceptable introduction to this very special duo.

“A divinely tuneful, yet confrontational racket.”  The Wire

“Engagingly eclectic”  Uncut

“Remarkable daring and versatility”  The Quietus 

26 Jul: Seek Out Festival, Lancashire, UK
27 Jul: Summer Camp Festival, Cornwall, UK
30 Aug: Smugglers Festival, Deal, UK 

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MEMORIALS ‘Acceptable Experience’


A baroque-psyche burner... that falls somewhere between Broadcast and The Doors

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