Been yonks since I did a band plug and quite a while since I wrote anything about music on here at all. Plenty of potential stuff to write about but nothing that’s quite captured me as much as this little band, Marmozets. Hailing from Yorkshire they deal in math rock, emo, and post-hardcore with an ear for a catchy chorus. Fronted by vocalist Becca McIntyre with a debut album due soon I think they’re ready to set the rock world alight for the first time in ages.
With two EP’s to their name so far and a handful of singles these guys have already shown a great diversity in their abilities. The first EP, Passive Aggressive shows a real pop sensibility with, dare I say it, hints of Paramore in their choruses Becca’s vocals sound so similar to Hayley Williams but she pushes it one step further with a scream that would put a lot of metal bands to shame. They show a real ability to experiment and throw everything they’ve got at us in a barrage of news and overall great musicianship. Their math rock influences shine through on a lot of tracks too, Onemanwolfpack has sections reminiscent of Rolo Tomassi and EP closer The Perfect Beverage at times sounds like The Fall of Troy. But never far away is this sense of mainstream rock and roll, I often pick up an aura of early Biffy Clyro and hence the potential for Marmozets to break out of a niche and perhaps one day headline arenas like the Biff. Their second EP, Vexed, is a lot heavier overall the title track is an absolute screamer. But again the collection is littered with catchiness and the final track, Arrive Alive, will have you repeating the chorus over and over in your head. With their latest singles we get a taste of what to expect from their debut LP, with a more polished sound the band have retained their heaviness along with the infective choruses that’ll get you singing along.
These guys are the most exciting British rock band I’ve come across in years and their record looks set not to disappoint check out their EP’s now, both of which you can get free, and let’s help transform this group into superstars.
Since I’ve reached the end of my Biffy Clyro album reviews it’s the turn of another of my favourite bands, probably my favourite of them all, to have their discography discussed. These reviews will contain added excitement since I’ve recently booked to go and see them at Wembley in July. So, we head back to the beginning of The Smashing Pumpkins history with their debut LP, Gish.
Released in 1991 the Pumpkins joined the scene at the rise of grunge along with Pearl Jam and Nirvarna but the Pumpkins didn’t hit in the same way those bands did. They’re a far more complicated band and to describe Gish as a grunge record would be rather diminutive. Although it is easily the bands grungiest effort of them all I still feel it would be accurate to call it anti-grunge. To unpack that, what I mean is that they’ve taken the guitar sound and song structure from that sub section of music but added a grnader scale and ambition to the project. Gish is the first example and perhaps the most subdued as with Siamese Dream, the bands second album they up the weirdness to different level than they have here. But even knowing what the band became it’s still hard not to notice the distinctive sound that is to be found on this record.
It certainly is a very strong debut album although I wouldn’t say it stands up fully against the greats that were to follow it, its still a record that I will happily put on from time to time and witness the birth of one of the greatest bands of all time. The bonus tracks on the second disc of the re-released version are all interesting listens too if you fancy checking that out.
If you’ve been a reader of the blog you might have read my last post on The Joy Formidable which you should be able to find on the band plug page. It’s been a couple of years now since the band burst on to the scene with their debut The Big Roar, a record which shattered my expectations and make me take notice of the Welsh three piece who pack a lot more bite than the majority of indie bands out there. Last week the group returned with their second album Wolf’s Law.
The albums got a lot of similarities with their last one, juxtaposing grungy riffs with more awkward indie sensibilities and again this record really does pack a punch. It’s not hard to see why these guys are now regarded so highly. My personal favourite tracks are the heavier ones in particular The Maw Maw Song which feels like the closest thing they’ve got to match some of the best tracks on their first album. But ultimately when compared to their debut Wolf’s Law just doesn’t quite match up for me. When The Big Roar came out I’d never heard of these guys and they demanded that I listened to them, over and over again. With Wolf’s Law I haven’t felt that again, I’ve enjoyed, I’ve listened to it a few times but it’s not grabbed my attention enough and it’s release date was a stupid one being one week before the new Biffy and three before Foals two very similar but more established bands. Wolf’s Law is good but it’s not great.
So I’ve failed to write three posts this week and still not managed to do my weekly update on time but I will definitely try and get four done before Wednesday, fingers crossed. So the first was one of my most anticipated albums of 2013 Biffy’s new double album, Opposites. Then I got round to reviewing the game I’ve been playing most recently Hitman: Absolution so please leave any comments you may have on either.
As I right this I’m fresh of the heels of seeing Zero Dark Thirty so I’ll leave you with the trailer and expect the review this week:
The time has finally come, if you’ve been following the blog you will have seen that in the build up to this release I’ve been reviewing all of Biffy Clyro’s albums and now we come full circle; to the reason all this hype began, the Scottish trios new double LP Opposites. Now the only question left to answer is whether the album lives up to expectations?
Everything kicks off with Different People which starts off softly before bursting into a windy, ripply guitar heavy track, its a strong opener that sets a tone for the whole record which makes a point of mixing light and shade, obviously reflected in the title. One of the big claims the band made in the build up to the album was that it should have material to keep the old and the new fans happy, effectively incorporate all their previous styles into this one record. On first listen it may be that this album is a million miles away from their old stuff but on repeat listens it becomes clearer that there’s sprinkles of their old heaviness throughout. Black Chandelier for example features a solo that wouldn’t have been out of place on Infinity Land. There’s bits that sound like Blackened Sky too, the chanty choruses of Picture a Knife Fight or Victory Over the Sun. The orchestral elements that have been a part of the band’s work since Vertigo of Bliss is apparent in Opposites in it’s most complete form yet making it the most epic sounding album they’ve ever made surpassing evenPuzzle which was their previous best in terms of scale.There’s improvements on the poppy sounding pieces familiar to that of Only Revolutions Little Hospitals being a one example and one of my favourite tracks of the whole album.
When stacked up against all their old albums I think Opposites stands up very well among all the bands previous efforts perhaps not reaching the heights of their masterpiece to date, Infinity Land, but certainly improving on both Only Revolutions and Puzzle and there is certainly more here for fans of the old stuff, with Opposites the choice to have it as a double album has really worked in the bands favour giving them the opportunity to put out a more holistic record painting a more complete picture than their last effort. Biffy have done it again.
So after managing to do two blog posts this afternoon I am just about getting my weekly update on time, think I should be able to get schedule better this next week. So first of all this week there was, of course, the new Tarantino film, Django Unchained get reading that one and please leave any comments you may have on it. Next I wrote a post on a group that I have been being intrigued hugely by for the last few weeks, the bizarre Die Antwoord. The finally I did I quick sum-up of how much I enjoyed playing Dead Space 2. Hope you enjoy reading all of those.
This week I’ll leave you with a choice because I’ve got two exciting albums to review in the next seven days, the first is The Joy Formidable’s Wolf’s Law and the second is Biffy Clyro’s Opposites so here’s a song from each, watch this space: