Review Summary: Electrifying And Charismatic
5 members, comprised of 2 families, fused together under one name-Marmozets. With an average age just shy of 20 the choice of band name is enough to describe their adolescent nature that fuels their skittish power. For such a young, and newish, band the pressure is on for them to deliver the exhilarating charisma on their previous EP’s onto The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets. So, is it a success-or is it horrible?
Right of the bat, Born Young And Free gallivants playfully around. Sam McIntyre and Jack Bottomley’s riffs corkscrew through the song but its Becca McIntyre’s voice in the unifying chorus that gives the song such vibrancy. Her dual vocal style of sounding like a sweet and innocent girl then suddenly spitting venom through gritted teeth is evident in a number of songs other than the aforementioned. Why Do You Hate Me? And Hit The Wave has long choruses but no one can possibly forget the huge words amongst her brothers’ springy guitars. While Vibetech is 101% snarling, and is the best mosh moment on the album, her singing during Particle often matches the tone of the rhythm. One moment she sounds like she’d going to pull her hair out from screaming so much and the next the music stops to reveal the timid whine of a girl batting her eyelids at you.
Marmozets’ dizzy liveliness is resonated into their debut album. The rhythm of clapping drums and coiled riffs bring the music to life in Is It Horrible? While the juxtaposition of rolling bass verses siren squeals prove that two negatives indeed make a massive plus. “Pull the trigger on the gun...” Truer words have never been spoken on Move, Shake, Hide that describe their explosive persona. It sees them primed and ready to kill anyone who will dare say they’re not one of the most energetic UK bands to come out in the past 5 years. Love You Good will also undoubtedly be a live favourite-and why not? It may mostly be repetitive but that just adds to the accessibility to it: fast paced, short and sweet and sing along moments from start to finish. This is how you do it radio friendly punk bands!
There is no real time-out moments on The Weird And Wonderful Moments, however there are moments of reflection per say. Captivate You is wedged between 2 songs that are much faster than it however the twinkling guitars build up to an invigorating chorus which does not break the momentum of the album. This is the same case in the closer Back To You; it’s mainly focused on the singing abilities however the strained notes and simple bass beat reinforce the emotion spilling out. Marmozets get serious during Cry. Whilst these few softer tunes have had some sort of relation to their chaotic charm, the guitars are replaced with piano and Becca is whimpering personal and powerful lyrics into the microphone. The true breakdown is the massive climax where the instruments finally kick in with their defiant singer embracing herself in her own chants.
Marmozets’ debut album has proved to be an absolute belter-consisting of no weak tracks and complete with the raw aggression and new ideas that can match letilve. or even The Dillinger Escape Plan. The world truly needs this weird and wonderful band.