With band’s nowadays seemingly revered on the back of throwaway gimmicks and image conscious pandering, believing the hype is more often than not a thankless task. Once in a while, however, something turns the corner that can fully restore our faith in contemporary rock music. ‘The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets’ does precisely that, sweeping aside their tame and tedious peers with a firecracker display of dynamic pyrotechnics.
In terms of covered ground, this Yorkshire quintet plumb every corner of rock’s rich tapestry. Opener ‘Born Young & Free’ delivers the kind of chest thumping, arena ready chorus hook worthy of scene veterans, as infectious as it is anthemic, whereas the laser guided tech-metal oddity of ‘Vibe Tech’ recalls a particularly enraged The Dillinger Escape Plan. It’s genre leaps such as these that see the record not only endlessly rewarding, but all the more impressive given its debut standing.
Indeed, perhaps what makes Marmozets such a deliriously exciting prospect is that they somehow manage to bring everything that they do into one cohesive, blood pumping whole. The likes of ‘Why Do You Hate Me?’ and ‘Is It Horrible’ retain that spiky technical edge with a dance floor bothering indie streak, the widescreen melodies and snotty swagger of ‘Move, Shake, Hide’ suggest radio domination could easily be on the way, and the mutant balladry of ‘Captivate You’ and closer ‘Back To You’ are tear-jerkingly sincere.
‘The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets’ is irresistible. With a frontwoman that betters any hardcore poser or sappy crooner in the game, not to mention the emphatic instrumental dynamos behind her, this is a record which positively bleeds charm and is awash with ideas. Marmozets are truly something special, and have unequivocally staked their claim to lead the rock revolution with this modern classic.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)