Reviews and entertainment articles by Dave Simpson
I’ve been anticipating the debut album from the Macintyre and Bottomley siblings for a long time. Songs such as “Why Do You Hate Me?” and “Move, Shake, Hide” haven’t left my playlists in months. If the rest of the record was even half as good as those, it was going to be great. Now, at long last, The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets has arrived. So did it live up to my expectations in the end?
The answer is a resounding yes and then some. What Marmozets have created here is a very rare thing; a work without a single weak track that’s packed full of passion, emotion and enthusiasm.
The loud, rebellious opener, “Born Young and Free”, bounds along with a fast paced, liberating sound. The raucous guitar work reflects the in your face attitude of the vocals and lyrics perfectly.
The momentum of “Why Do You Hate Me?” is relentless throughout, with a punky vibe amid some fantastic guitar riffs. The emphatically delivered vocals vent a sense of fed up confusion while also conveying a great, unphased disposition.
There’s a serious, mellow vibe to “Captivate You” that is quite moving. Despite the solemn tone of the music, the lyrics have an encouraging, reassuring quality, conveying a willingness to help someone in need. It has a wonderful genuineness to it.
“Is It Horrible?” is a song that just feels fun. This is probably owed to the fact that the subject matter – the feeling of waking up after a few too many drinks – is something most of us can relate to! It begins with an infectious drum beat that blends flawlessly into a catchy riff. These get louder and more irresistible as things progress and are joined by some brilliantly fierce vocals.
“Cover Up” showcases some accomplished guitar work that has a sort of start/stop quality to it, particularly during the chorus. It works well with the vocals, drawing you in.
“Particle” takes off with a fast beat as a prelude to heavy blasts of guitars and drums. There’s a menacing quality to the sound that relents during the melodic chorus. An amazing musical breakdown in the middle gives way to some fabulous vocal work, before concluding with a tremendous, head banging guitar outro.
An emotional, heartfelt vibe accompanies “Cry”, emphasized by its vocals and piano. It’s very touching, with a pleading, longing kind of quality. Guitars and drums set in about half way through, heralding a dramatic build up that lends the sound a more optimistic air while the terrific vocals maintain the pleading tone. This is a dramatic song with a real sense of beauty to it.
The riffs, the vocals, the drums – everything is great about the album’s title track. It has a beat you can bounce along with and lose yourself to. There really is something marvelously “weird and wonderful” about the execution of this track.
“Vibetech” is an awesomely heavy jam session in which it sounds like the band are just having fun with their instruments, with that fun being reflected in the feel of the music. Becca eventually comes in with some formidable vocals that add a sense of completion to the session. It’s a track that really lets loose in the best way.
The unyielding pace, ferocious riffs and raw vocals of “Love You Good” make for something sensational. Everything builds up during the verse and doesn’t slow down once the chorus hits. It’s an aggressive love song that hits the accelerator and refuses to ease up from start to finish.
“Hit the Wave” begins quietly before hitting us with heavy riffs. It’s about the fear of not making something of your life, reminding us to seize upon opportunities as they come and not to leave things until its too late. I think most people can relate to the lyrics here, making it a very empathetic song.
“Move, Shake, Hide” is a tremendously energetic and riotous rock anthem. Musically, vocally and lyrically it’s swelling with attitude. There’s a very self assured, “won’t be messed with” feel to it that makes it delightfully intense.
Final track, “Back to You”, begins with a scratch effect leading into guitars and vocals that echo and resonate as they unfold. It’s a slower piece but it feels huge, ending the album in epic fashion with a sound that is incredibly powerful.
All in all, Marmozets have crafted a debut album that is, in a word, perfect. It’s a whirlwind of fast paced, mindblowing riffs and drum beats and incredibly spectacular vocals. The talent demonstrated on this record is immense. The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets was most definitely worth the wait. There is not a single mediocre or sub-par track. This is the album of 2014.
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