The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets
29 September 2014
by Gavin Lloyd
There’s a fine art to writing great rock music. Let’s be honest, there are an awful lot of bands getting it wrong. Sometimes it can almost get too much and the urge to run off and go live in a cave, while taking up a radical new lifestyle, such as listening to Nicki Minaj on repeat, becomes ever more tempting. However every now and then something like this comes along to restore our faith.
Marmozets debut full length, The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets is aptly titled. While the angular riffing of their early mathcore-esque material still plays a part, with ‘Vibetech’ in particular sounding like a scrap between The Dillinger Escape Plan and Muse, it has evolved into a different beast entirely. Nailing a formula that not many bands other than Biffy Clyro have successfully pulled off, they retain their enigmatic edge but package it into the sort of big rock songs that sees the mainstream quaking in fear.
The likes of ‘Is It Horrible?’, ‘Love You Good’, and ‘Move, Shake, Hide’ to name but a few, are the sort of songs that can never be played loud enough and are destined to cause chaos on dance floors up and down the country. While the unconventionally anthemic quality that graces ‘Hit The Wave’ and ‘Back To You’ suggest world domination is a very real possibility.
Not to take anything away from the respective members of the band, as it is obvious the talent on offer here is flowing in abundance, but the real ace in Marmozets’s pack is undoubtedly Becca McIntyre. In a scene that preaches of equality but remains very much a boys’ club she is the frontwoman rock has been desperately craving for a while now. She possesses the sort of roar that shows up every tattoo-covered metalcore chancer as the phoneys they are, yet when her clean vocals take the forefront – especially on the piano led ‘Cry’ and ‘Captivate You’ – she is the driving force of some truly moving balladry.
The debut from Marmozets is indeed weird and wonderful. They prove themselves as a unique presence in a world full of bland and predictable rock music, with enough melodic charm thrown into the mix that makes this album an irresistible listen. Having produced one of the best rock records of the year, Marmozets are the reason to be excited about rock music in 2014.
Sounds Like: Biffy Clyro, The Dillinger Escape Plan at their most melodic, Muse at their heaviest
Standout Tracks: Captivate You, Is It Horrible?, Vibetech, Hit The Wave, Move, Shake, Hide