Marmozets are one of those bands that have always been in my peripheral vision but for whatever reason I didn’t initially get on board with their rather weird take on post hardcore originally. That all changed with their debut album, The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets. What became a vague interest in the band has now turned into what might be one of the most important UK rock albums of recent memory.
What Marmozets do so well on their debut album is songs. Yes, albums generally contain songs but not many bands can claim to have written a song that will be bothering rock radio for decades to come. Marmozets have done just that and not just once but thirteen times. There isn’t a single song on this album that I’d even consider skipping. This is an unbelievably good collection of songs that all have eligibility as singles but are still positioned perfectly to make this an enjoyable album in its own right.
As for the songs themselves, you’ll recognise a lot of Telegraphs and The JCQ in Marmozets’ sound and it makes for songs that are big on melody and even bigger on choruses but have a tendency to drop into progressive moments that would be more suited to a mathcore band. Its elements such as these that make The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets stand out as a defining album of its own and not just another entry in the post hardcore lexicon.
Album highlights come thick and fast but the tracks you’ll be revisiting the most have the strongest choruses. Why Do You Hate Me?, Is it Horrible, Love You Good and Move, Shake, Hide are all contenders for Best Chorus of 2014 and they’re bound to be bothering DJ sets at rock clubs for quite some time.
What makes the choruses and melodies so engaging are the vocal performances by Becca Macintyre. This woman has a voice that rock vocalists should be jealous of. Not only is Becca’s singing voice full of passion but her screams are pure rock ‘n’ roll hero and she has a lovely little knack for singing the more aggressive lyrics in her repertoire through gritted teeth. This has the added effect of making her sound like she’s absolutely seething which is always a good thing for a really rocking album. I love a vocalist who sounds like they care.
Marmozets have made an album that I would regard a classic had it been released in my youth. The fact that it’s being released now hopefully means that a whole new generation of kids will be introduced to post hardcore through what I regard an essential purchase for any fan of the genre. The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets is one of the best rock albums this year and if you’ve ever enjoyed a catchy rock number then you’ve just found your new favourite band.
The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets is out now through Roadrunner Records.