Release Date: Sep 29, 2014
Record label: Roadrunner Records
Google Marmozets – two sets of siblings, some still in their teens – and you’ll see them described, forebodingly, as a math-rock band. But while there are fiddly time signatures and intricate drum patterns on the Yorkshire quintet’s debut album, they take a distant second place in the list of priorities to metallic hooks and melodies. Singer Becca Macintyre keeps her own accent as she skips from sweetness to rage, and even if some of the lyrical sentiments don’t really merit scrutiny, they serve to provide huge choruses for Born Young and Free, Why Do You Hate Me? and Is It Horrible.
Reviewing the debut albums by buzz bands can be awkward. Maybe the band of the moment will deliver on the early tidal wave of hyperbole and optimism. But in the more cynical amongst us (and I feel that Drowned in Sound contains a fair number of cynics) the hope that the band will simply crash and burn. Perhaps there’ll be a humorous review full of wit and knowing sarcasm.
Marmozets: the name still doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Does the subtle misspelling radically alter the meaning of the word into something only they know? Or is it a simple case of irony? For there’s nothing soft and cuddly about this robust lot from Yorkshire. Their debut is less cute little monkey, more towering monster with guitars for fangs and drums for feet – weird and wonderful indeed.
Monkeys eh? When they’re not forming packs and tearing the limbs off of other monkeys, they’re sitting around throwing their faeces at zoo visitors. Not marmosets, though; they’re only tiny and kind of cute looking. No shit throwing from a marmoset – they’re far too tiny and polite for that kind of carry on. Marmozets, regardless of their crazy spelling, have a lot in common with their tiny, hairy monkey cousins.
This writer has never been to the British town of Bingley, but it’s got to be in the upper reaches in the list of Most Patently Boring Places On Earth. This writer predicates that opinion solely upon the sheer aesthetic power of the debut album by Bingley residents Marmozets. You would need massive amounts of time on your hands in order to write, refine and record a debut album as thrilling as The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets.