We’ve been waiting a long time for this one and now, Marmozets’ highly anticipated debut album, The Weird and The Wonderful Marmozets, is finally here. Reigning from Yorkshire and consisting of two sets of siblings, Marmozets have been gaining momentum throughout the year since signing to Roadrunner Records and releasing various tracks in the lead up to the album release; such as ‘Move, Shake, Hide’. Although often labelled as a ‘math rock’ band, these five youngsters (some of whom are still teenagers!) have produced an album which proves they are so much more this.
The Weird and The Wonderful Marmozets opens with three songs we’ve heard before: ‘Born Young and Free’, ‘Why Do You Hate Me?’ and ‘Captivate You’. All three tracks show off exactly what this band are capable of. They have powerful, contagious choruses and yet are completely different to each other. ‘Born Young and Free’ is vicious and riotous, ‘Why Do You Hate Me?’ has this ‘cheeky’ upbeat element to it, and ‘Captivate You’ is slowed down and shows the emotional side of an otherwise high octane band.
Marmozets have this incredible ability to just switch the style of their music in the click of a finger. Going from calm and catchy to raucous and dangerous, and changing moods like a hormonal teenager. The technicality that this band have, combined with the creative musicianship manages to produce something we haven’t heard before; at least not heard it executed so expertly like this anyway. For example, we have the tracks which are jerky and musically pull on your ears with their technical metal guitar riffs; songs such as the already mentioned ‘Born Young and Free’ and ‘Why Do You Hate Me?’ as well as another already released single ‘Move, Shake And Hide’, which really printed Marmozets’ name onto the map. ‘Is It Horrible?’ is another track with these foundations, which opens with a drum beat before building up into what can only be described as a belter. ‘Particle’ also features Royal Blood-esque heavy hitting riffs throughout before opening up into yet another addictive chorus; an uplifting musical switch. ‘Vibetech’, the tenth track of the album, is the full on tech-metal/hardcore track that is an opportunity for the band to show of their musical talent and trust us, it is very impressive; there’s no point trying to figure out the time signatures, it will take you all day.
Marmozets aren’t all about being technical and musically ridiculous though. As mentioned before, they have explored various styles and techniques to express themselves. ‘Cry’ is completely slowed down and atmospheric with a piano and subtle guitar parts while Becca Macintrye beautifully opens up her voice for a more vulnerable performance before the track explodes into an epic attack of loud emotions. ‘Back To You’ concludes the album and a fitting conclusion it proves to be. With a slower tempo and a return of atmospheric/delayed guitars, the track is an epic release of musical creativity and again, an incredible sense of emotion. With the each instrumental part and vocal part cleverly intertwining with each other, ‘Back To You’ shows off the mature side of Marmozets.
There are a few songs we haven’t mentioned but in reality, there is literally too much to say about each track and we’ve had to hold back. In our opinion, there is not a single fault in any of the 13 tracks. The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets is a fitting title for their debut album. It is bizarre. It pulls on all sorts of emotions. Not only do they explore and dare to try out a diverse range of musical ideas but they also manage to accomplish this successfully. This is a band who have just started their professional music careers and they are already capable of providing a musical experience which we have not experienced before (at least not in a long long time anyways). This album is special and highly impressive. The only way to justify it is to experience it for yourselves. Look out world, Marmozets are weird. They are wonderful. And they are here to put a mark on you.