I’m sure if I read the music press I’d have known all about the Marmozets. A quick search shows there’s a bit of a “band of the moment” vibe about them. Anyhow, being (dare I say it) approaching middle age, I discovered them via the Guardian’s regular “Five new albums to try this week“! I’ve tried and I’ve very much enjoyed!
It’s a bit of a mixed bag, from the heavyish pop-punk end of things through to more discordant post-hardcore mathcore stuff, like you’d typically find me raving about. That they’ve got a female singer probably means that it’s no surprise that at times there’s that bit of a Hayley-Williams-esque Paramore major key moment to scare me, but then as long as it’s quickly offset by some complex heavy angular guitar and rhythms and some screaming lyrics, I quickly forget! In net a complex set of musical influences coming through across the album – the aforementioned Paramore, Billy Talent, the Arctics when they’re being heavy, Muse, SOAD, through to stuff far more seriously mathcore like DEP. No facsimiles though! This clearly is the Marmozets’ own sound, blending lots of stuff that’s influenced them and making it their own! Overall it’s pretty upbeat daytime music, and probably something I could get away with in the car without Mrs ® Andy turning it off, or worse turning on Radio 1!
Oh, and to add to their coolness credentials, they’re made up from two sets of siblings who formed the band at school, and have been playing since 2007.
Best track on the album for me is definitely Vibetech, which absolutely wouldn’t be out of place on a DEP album! Air drum and guitar in my study in full force when that comes on!