Marmozets – Knowing What You Know Now
Release Date: 26th January 2017
Label: Roadrunner Records
For those living under a rock or who don’t follow the more mainstream side of rock, Marmozets exploded onto the scene in 2014 with the release of their debut album Weird And Wonderful. Since then a legion of fans have been waiting with bated breath for a hint of new music and it took 3 years, basically an eternity, for ‘Play’ to be released on Radio 1 at the back end of 2017 with the promise of an album in 2018. Well, here we are just a few days away from the release and I have the album in front of me. For the first time in a long time I’m nervous about listening to an album for the first time and I imaging the next time this will happen will be when Black Peaks’ next offering lands.
So, opening with ‘Play’ is a kind offering from Becca and the gang. Fans of the band will be more than comfortable with this track by now and when I first heard this song I was worried that a ‘new BMTH’ style was going to be adopted. There’s very little of that style past the opening minute here, but what there is is Marmozets 2.0. This is my favourite parts of Weird And Wonderful all grown up but with an almighty bounce added in and it sounds great.
Just three and a half minutes and my I’ve forgotten all about the almighty break we’ve had from this lot, though with Habits coming next I was worried this could be the start of the downfall. Of the two tracks I’d heard before this was my least favourite and yet listening to it flowing in from ‘Play’ it feels right. My main gripe was Becca’s vocals on the track. They felt too PVRIS-y. This time with the fast pace of the song and in context with the rest of the album my mind is changed. The bounciness of the opening track is continued and if this duo were to be how they’re opening their live shows for a while it’s going to be a tough job for security at those shows keeping the crowd behind the barriers.
After all that we’re only two tracks and 7 minutes in. Time to catch your breath. Haha. No, not really. It’s ‘Meant To Be’ up next and a catchy as fuck riff means the party is carrying on even when that riff subsides it’s replaced by a powerful chorus that, again, sounds like it could kick up a riot. Capturing the energy of a live show is one of the hardest things to do in the studio but for me this has been accomplished and then some. If you pump this up loud and get one of your mates to throw a cup of pissy cider on you’re just one 8-foot tall bloke stood directly in front of you away from feeling like you’re at a gig.
With ‘Major System Error’ continuing with the big beats and crazy ass vocals it is up to ‘Insomnia’ to bring the first hint of something truly new for Marmozets. A track that lives up to it’s name in every way except it is enjoyable…something not usually said about insomnia. Conjuring feelings of drifting through the clouds not being able to quite pinpoint where you’re going, this is a powerful track in a different way to the likes of ‘Move, Shake And Hide’. Building throughout the track it has airs of Muse in parts before they break out into ‘Lost In Translation’.
Here we head back to a more ‘traditional’ Marmozets style and more noticeably Becca is venturing back to her more natural style, screams and all. ‘Start Again’ is the track that feels like it follows Weird And Wonderful most closely with vocal hooks and a fun bassline that feel like it could have fit in easily towards the end of the debut, but has now been jazzed up to fit in here. ‘Like A Battery’ & ‘Suffocation’ are two tracks that I feel I will listen to over and over again from this album, they’re both just about as crazy as a bag of coked up frogs, but a fair bit catchier.
So despite album one being called Weird And Wonderful it is album number two that really earns this title. Tracks like ‘Insomnia’ and ‘Play’ and ‘Like A Battery’ stand out for different reasons and the one thing you can’t describe this album as is boring. With such a variety of songs, that appeal to both the mainstream and alternative audiences, this could see Marmozets given the attention they deserve.
Recommended Tracks: Like A Battery, Play, Insomnia