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Album: The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets
Genre: Math Rock
Release Date: 29 September 2014
Official Website: Marmozets.co.uk
Diagnosis: Marmozets is one of those bands where you can expect the title of the song to be repeated a thousand times in the song itself, and I feel like that’s a hit or miss with a lot of people. But even if you’re the kind of person that’s generally against the repetition, I think this band offers enough to keep most people interested. Marmozets have a lot of attitude, which is demonstrated by their unconventional and sometimes noisy guitar riffs and Becca Macintyre’s hyper-active vocals. She switches between clean vocals to screams unpredictably with great variation in terms of pitch. If at any point the music sounds awkward, you can bet that it’s deliberate and that’s what makes them weird and wonderful! Their debut isn’t as edgy as their EPs, but they retain enough to separate themselves from the crowd and make them compelling to those wanting something a little different.
The Highlights: You can’t really go wrong with “Why Do You Hate Me?” They’re having fun with the silly but catchy distorted guitar riff and Macintyre keeps the energy up high with her screaming the first word of every line in the verses. “Captivate You” is a surprisingly emotional song and one of the best songs on the album, despite its departure from their usual aggression. “Vibetech” is really heavy and best showcases the side of them that wants to be unconventional and noisy. The guitars are at their most distorted and Macintyre screams nearly all the way through. “Move, Shake, Hide” is a lot like “Why Do You Hate Me?” in how fun and catchy it is and you can’t say no to the high-pitched screams.
Final Thoughts: I consider myself in the camp that frowns upon repetitive lyrics, but Marmozets manage inject enough personality into their music to make them worth listening to at least once. I think they’re at their best when the noise level goes through the ceiling like in “Vibetech,” but “Cry” is a big weak point and a song that sticks out like a sore thumb. The transition from “Particle” to “Cry” is just too jarring, given that the former is one of the more aggressive songs on the album and the latter stands out as huge slow down, which and then it’s followed by the energetic title track. “Captivate You” may be an emotional song, but it felt natural and genuine where “Cry” went way outside their conventional style and doesn’t convince the listener that it belongs on the album. In any case, Marmozets is a band worth keeping an eye on.
Score: 6.5 out of 10