Home > News & Reviews > Marmozets

Marmozets - Knowing What You Know Now (Album Review)

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 Written by Liam Turner

The north of England has given us a great many weird and wonderful things over the years. With the release of Marmozets’ second LP, ‘Knowing What You Know Now’, that list has grown a little bit longer.

Three and a bit years have passed since the Bingley-based five-piece released their aptly-titled debut, ‘The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets’. It was a record that successfully revelled in youthful angst but ultimately failed to forge the nascent hard-rockers a distinct identity.

But now, having let go of the safety net of their influences, they’ve finally been able to carve out something mature, exciting and, most importantly, unique on album two.

How have they managed it? Simply put, they’ve made sure to improve on every single area as much as possible. The songwriting is leaner, the production is slicker and the musicianship is tighter. The bangers are also, err, bangier, as bombastic singles Play and Major System Error attest. “Can you keep it together?” Becca Macintyre asks on the latter.

Macintyre is undoubtedly the star of the show. Her vocals are at turns haunting, hair-raising, hard-hitting, and sometimes they’re all of these things in the same breath. Pseudo-ballad Insomnia is a standout among standouts. “I like juicy, sleepy people walking every step,” she childishly sings before bursts of heavy, foreboding guitars disrupt the trance. It’s fantastically unnerving.

Downsides? There are a couple, like the run-of-the-mill closer Run With The Rhythm, which evokes Biffy Clyro/Twin Atlantic filler. Then there’s the largely superfluous horn embellishment on the otherwise sublime Major System Error. But these are minor gripes. There’s really very little to complain about here.

So no, ‘Knowing What You Know Now’ isn’t perfect, but it represents a further step towards that goal. Like a rollercoaster packed with loops and corkscrews it will leave you gasping for air, but with wide eyes and an ear-to-ear grin.

Marmozets Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Fri February 02 2018 - CARDIFF Tramshed
Sat February 03 2018 - SOUTHAMPTON Engine Rooms
Sun February 04 2018 - BRIGHTON Concorde 2
Tue February 06 2018 - CAMBRIDGE Junction
Wed February 07 2018 - LONDON ULU
Thu February 08 2018 - NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Fri February 09 2018 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Riverside
Sun February 11 2018 - SHEFFIELD Leadmill
Mon February 12 2018 - EDINBURGH Liquid Room
Thu April 12 2018 - DUBLIN Academy Green Room
Fri April 13 2018 - BELFAST Oh Yeah music Centre

Click here to compare & buy Marmozets Tickets at Stereoboard.com.

Let Us Know What You Think - Leave A Comment!

You May Also Like:

Beginning, Middle and End: Ash's Tim Wheeler On Crafting 'Islands'
Tue 14 Aug 2018
Once we had survived a punishing winter that would have made even your average White Walker cling to their hot water bottle, it came time to talk ‘soundtrack to the summer’. As ever, the conversation pretty much started and finished with Ash. Possessing a typically enchanting feelgood factor that belied the heartache at its core, the Northern Irish trio’s new album ‘Islands’ was tailor made to accompany bright blue skies and long lazy days topping up your tan.
Santigold - 'I Don't Want: The Gold Fire Sessions' (Album Review)
Tue 14 Aug 2018
With dancehall continuing to enjoy an influential spot in the mainstream Santigold has combined with Mixpak label owner Dre Skull on 'I Don't Want: The Gold Fire Sessions', a mixtape that finds her dipping into fresh waters.
Slaves - Acts of Fear and Love (Album Review)
Tue 21 Aug 2018
Whether it’s because they’ve pricked the ears of primetime Radio 1 DJs, or because they’ve signed to one of the biggest record labels in the world, or because their songs spout trite counterculture messages, the likes of which any 16-year-old has already heard too many times, Slaves always come across as punk-lite. It’s been said that they’re punk for those who don’t really know what punk is, and their new record, ‘Acts of Fear and Love’, proves that maxim still rings true.
Interpol - Marauder (Album Review)
Tue 04 Sep 2018
Photo: Jamie-James Medina Having dispensed with the anagrams following the release of the excellent ‘El Pintor’ four years ago, Interpol’s sixth album ‘Marauder’ is the subject of a production shift. Not since 2007’s ‘Our Love To Admire’ have they employed an outside producer, so it’s somewhat surprising to find Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, the Flaming Lips) at the helm here.
White Denim - Performance (Album Review)
Wed 29 Aug 2018
Photo: Pooneh Ghana The late summer bank holiday is gone and the leaves are beginning to brown. It’s a time for reflection and calmness before we drag ourselves into the long autumnal evening.
Miles Kane - Coup de Grace (Album Review)
Wed 15 Aug 2018
No matter how much Miles Kane might like to think of himself as a solo act, the fact remains that he’s always struggled to emerge from the shadows of his more revered pals. He’s scored two number one albums with The Last Shadow Puppets, but those have to be viewed in the context of Alex Turner’s contributions. Of his own material, how much do you remember aside from a couple of chanty singalongs?
Richard Ashcroft Announces New Album 'Natural Rebel' And Autumn UK Tour
Wed 15 Aug 2018
Richard Ashcroft has announced a new solo album and UK tour.
Elle King Confirms Details Of Second Album 'Shake The Spirit', Shares New Track Good Thing Gone
Fri 07 Sep 2018
Elle King has shared the details of her sophomore LP. 
< Prev   Next >