Release Date: Jan 26, 2018
Record label: Roadrunner
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Hardcore
‘The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets’ was an apt title for the Bingley five-piece’s debut, a record that twisted and turned through the stranger corners of rock and propelled the band to Reading & Leeds’ main stage, being held up as British rock’s next big hope in the process. ‘Play’, the lead single and opening track from their tongue-twistingly titled second album ‘Knowing What You Know Now’, is as direct as possible, and the most straightforward things get on the record. ‘Knowing What You Know Now’ is an album of extremes; when things get heavy on ‘Habits’, Marmozets look a menacing prospect.
Marmozets’ attempts to bring math-rock to the masses is what’s made them so appealing. Their complex, time signature-hopping riffs and rebellious, catchy lyrics help the Yorkshire quintet stand out as a band who refuse to be pigeonholed. Four years after ‘The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets’, they’re back with ‘Knowing What You Know Now’. They’re still genre-twisting, but their focus has shifted slightly from complexity to short, punchy riffs that recall some of the bands that producer Gil Norton has worked with previously: Pixies, Foo Fighters, The Distillers..
Following up 2014's outstanding debut album, 'The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets', the aptly-titled 'Knowing What You Know Now' reveals a band noticeably more confident in their abilities. 'Play' kicks things off with a dose of the attitude we've come to expect from the Bingley five-piece, as well as a fresh sense of urgency. With its pummelling rhythms, exhilarating chorus, and playful-yet-devastating riffs, it's a song you could dance or headbang to - which is just one of the things that makes the band so distinctive.
Now, Marmozets aren’t a band that are innovating, but that’s not what’s missing. What’s missing is the feeling – those urgent moments that sweep the world from under your feet – and that’s exactly the coal they're shoveling back into the scene. From self-releasing a few rough ’n’ ready EP’s, to signing to metal monolith label Roadrunner, they’ve been going from strength to strength. Knowing What You Know is their strongest move yet. It’s exciting, truthful, but best of all isn’t afraid to play around with the expectations set upon them by overzealous fans yearning for their rawer youth.
This is my fighting album. It’s letting people know that if I can get through my shit, then hopefully you can get through yours,' Marmozets lead singer Becca Macintyre said to NME in an interview last year. 'I had this ultimate fear in my heart, mind and soul – I let fear do me over. I thought I was done.