Marmozets
The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets


3.5
great

Review

by johnnydeking29 USER (50 Reviews)
March 2nd, 2015 | 34 replies


Release Date: 09/26/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Visceral post-hardcore that you can get your friends into. No wonder these kids have hype...

The coolest kids of the UK rock scene are pretty damn infectious. Their lyrics and somewhat generic sense of melody admittedly came close to turning me off in places, particularly in the first two tracks (which, along with Love You Good, are by far the weakest); I mean "We can do whatever we want coz we're born young and free" was too much a cliche for my jaded ears to handle. However, the Marmozets have three great strengths, and all three of them are so strong and implemented so well that the album stands its ground firmly.

The first is good, old-fashioned energy; all of these songs have an unbelievable amount of attitude and vitality behind them, and I can’t wait to find out how it comes across live. This makes all the difference; good songwriting in this kind of music matters very little if the band don't have the impetus to send their songs blasting through their listeners' speakers without reserve. Their second strength is the mathy elements that they add to their sound by means of playfully awkward time signatures, which add a frantic, hooky edge. This increases the energy levels even further in a manner similar (yet more abrasive than) to contemporaries Arcane Roots, and an excellent example of this is the 5/8 in Cover Up’s chorus. Finally and most obviously is singer Becca Macintyre, whose gritty, decisively British intonation is highly distinctive and undeniably catchy. She’s also surprisingly versatile, given how for 80% of the album she’s belting out anthemic verse after anthemic chorus after anthemic bridge; as the intro to Hit the Wave and Cry show, she’s capable of a softer, calming sound, and in the chaosfest that is Vibetech, she screams like there’s no tomorrow.

My main issue with the album is that despite its surprising accessibility, it does come across as visceral-yet-catchy rock song after visceral-yet-catchy rock song, which the sole exceptions of the ballad Cry, the adrenalised spaz-out Vibetech and the slow closer Back to You. There is a decent amount of variation between pace and mood, but it isn’t quite enough to set the majority songs apart. Therefore, as is often the case with such albums, The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets can be treated in two ways: as a consistently awesome tour-de-force or as a best-of-a-similar-bunch style highlights album. For me, it’s fairly consistent but not consistent enough to avoid becoming a highlights album.

This is no bad thing though, because I really, really, really like the highlights. Cover Up is fun and frantic and boasts a fantastic bridge that contrasts nicely with the other, more sporadic parts of the song. Both Weird and Wonderful and Hit the Wave are perfect combinations of powerful choruses and excellent riffs. Back to You is also an appropriate note to close on, since its somewhat exhausted yet emotional atmosphere and restrained pace match the listener’s feeling of having just been pummelled by an album full to the brim with energy.

I’m quite curious to see what the Marmozets do next; they’ve got a winning formula here and the chances are that they’ll work on refining it even further between this and their next release, but they also sound like they have the potential to move onto more advanced areas of the post-hardcore/math rock spectrum if they wished to. In any case, this is a strong debut and deserves the attention it’s been getting within the UK recently. If you like rock with a good dose of gritty passion, you’ll like this to some degree.



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johnnydeking29
March 2nd 2015


11674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I originally wrote a slightly shorter version of this for part of a blog post, but then it got too long and I remembered how awful the other review here is, and so...

Digging: Coheed and Cambria - The Unheavenly Creatures

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2015


14050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, much better than other one obvs



Yeah band could go places. Love to hear what they sound like in a few years

Digging: Spitfire - The Dead Next Door

johnnydeking29
March 2nd 2015


11674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks dude. From what I've heard, their EPs are rawer and rougher and less formulaic than this, so I assume they're moving away from that sound :/

erizen826
March 2nd 2015


855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

seems like there's a typo at the end of the first paragraph. The last sentence just ends with "they."

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2015


14050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Thanks dude. From what I've heard, their EPs are rawer and rougher and less formulaic than this, so I assume they're moving away from that sound :/"





I think thats a good thing as from what i heard of their eps they were a bit unfocused. Only thing they need to work on is adding a bit of variety as i find a few songs on this to be just lower quality versions of other songs



johnnydeking29
March 2nd 2015


11674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"seems like there's a typo at the end of the first paragraph. The last sentence just ends with "they.""



Right you are, I forgot to edit that; fixed.



"i find a few songs on this to be just lower quality versions of other songs"



Agreed hard.



DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2015


14800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review pos.



I completely agree.

MattTD
March 2nd 2015


678 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely one of the strongest debuts that came out last year, have a pos.



Saw these guys twice in one day I'm just saying

Tunaboy45
March 2nd 2015


16575 Comments


Band has been getting a lot of attention over here.
Great review too, have a pos.

Subho
March 2nd 2015


128 Comments


Love the band and the album!

Good review, pos'd.

and I can’t wait find out how it comes across live.


Missed the "to" here, though.

StrangerofSorts
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2015


2905 Comments


If you tweet something positive about them, you might get retweeted by their mum.
Go - live the dream! Tweet!

johnnydeking29
March 4th 2015


11674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Aww man, I can't decide if that's more cute than it is cool but it's fab either way.

thumbcrusher
April 11th 2015


3756 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

huh this is awesome

wwf
May 6th 2015


6144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sick band really. Need to jam this more

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2015


14800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

When it's good, it's damn good.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2015


14050 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really only listen to Is It Horrible these days

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
May 7th 2015


14800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's good.

johnnydeking29
July 26th 2015


11674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Vibetech goes so hard

Snake.
July 26th 2015


20990 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thought this was pop punk

Digging: Cloud Nothings - Last Building Burning

johnnydeking29
July 26th 2015


11674 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah, this is post-hardcore with a few poppy twists



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