Formed in 2007, Marmozets have certainly been grafting these past few years. With two EP’s under their belt the Yorkshire five-piece have finally released their debut album. And it’s an impressive effort, even more so when you consider that some of their members are still teenagers.
First track ‘Born Young and Free’ is urgent, frenetic and impossibly catchy, and they start as they mean to go on. It’s evident throughout that they’re brimming with ideas, which makes for some eclectic listening. What’s really impressive is that they manage to veer from one idea to the next whilst creating something distinctive and cohesive, rather than sounding like the musical equivalent of a jumble sale.
And whatever sound they’re exploring, they do it well. ‘Vibetech’, one of the heaviest tracks, is raucous and frenzied, whilst ‘Cover Up’ is incredibly melodic without heading into sickly-sweet territory. It would be lazy to compare them to other female-fronted bands purely on the basis of having a female singer, but there are a few touches of Paramore on the song, though that’s where the comparisons end.
On the topic of frontwomen, they’ve got one hell of a vocalist in the form of Becca Macintyre. She’s got a set of pipes on her for sure, whether she’s screaming like a demon, or belting out a soaring chorus as she is on the anthemic ‘Hit The Wave’.
The album’s dissonant, a little off-beat, and full of slightly weird time signatures, but considering that it’s still accessible. They anchor all the abstract stuff with solid melodies, the odd danceable rhythm as on ‘Move Shake Hide’ and absolutely huge hooks, giving it mass appeal without sounding compromised and diluted.
Cementing Marmozets as one of the most exciting prospects in British rock, this is a record full of songs that are well-crafted and chaotic all at once, making it a late contender for best album of the year.