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Album Review: Marmozets – The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets

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There’s something special about music when it’s coupled with teenage angst. Marmozets are young, fearless, free and fancy, and bring you a hard alternative rock sound full of maddening precision with new album The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets.

marmozetsLead singer Becca Macintyre is a perfect front woman for the band, being equal parts hyper active and soothing – sometimes managing this in the same song. Captivate You is an example of this, balancing delicate melody against heavy guitars, and creating a song that’s soft to touch but deadly to hold.

Becca’s voice flits and flutters to its different levels throughout the record, and is best described as a mix between Brode Dalle, Gwen Stefani, and Jemina Pearl from Be Your Own Pet… actually why not throw a bit of Karen O in their as well to finish things off? This raises the band a few levels and really creates a depth to the tracks. Born Young and Free sees Becca on fine screaming form with the band backing her up with all the freedom and cockiness that youth can give you; harrowing guitars soar and you’re left breathless by the end.

Particle helps show the band have a good chorus in them, and the musicianship really stands up with some bombastic solos, big riffs and grandeur lyrics: ‘When I’m in my own world mirroring self delusion, delirious poison fusion’.  Is It Horrible provides a slice of punk madness that swerves and sways towards many conclusions whereas Why Do You Hate Me feels like the band just thought they wanted to see how much they can fit into one song; it’s so stuffed with layers and riffs that it feels like it will tear apart your speakers, but still manages to hold a tune together.

And breathe! It’s brash and unapologetic, and that’s exactly what makes The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets so appealing. Full of all the madness and mayhem you’d expect and want from energetic teens with guitars and talent, they’ve managed to recreate the atmosphere of the live gigs and beam it right into your ears wherever you are. It’s a great debut from the band and a deliriously addictive record.