hmv.com reviews... Marmozets @ Cardiff's Clwb Ifor Bach
Yorkshire firebrands Marmozets blasted through Cardiff last night (August 24th) and we were there to take it all in...
Yorkshire’s finest young talent Marmozets in a series of warm up shows after having a break to record their second album.
Cardiff’s premiere intimate venue Clwb Ifor Bach are the hosts for tonight’s gig. It’s the perfect setting for a band like this who love to connect with their crowds.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The gig itself was sold out in under 24 hours and the rest of the tour not far behind it; so, the crowd are very up for it tonight.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Having already made one of the best rock debuts in recent years, particularly from such a young band, you would think that the weight of expectation might cause Becca McIntyre, back on stage after recovering from a nasty knee injury, and her troupe some anxiety.
However, the show tonight marks a statement which is quickly answered within the opening seconds of 'Move, Shake, Hide'. This along with 'Is It Horrible' and 'Particle' still have the same energy and passion in them from when they were first released almost three years ago.
Even though it was released just under a week ago, 'Play' already feels like a solid staple of their live show. Along with their next new song 'Habits', it shows even more progression in their sound from their first album. You can sense the influence that their new producer Gil Norton of Pixies/Twin Atlantic. fame is bringing out from them. The combination of all members together make them sound larger than they ever have before; whilst still sounding heavy and melodic at the same time.
What is particularly evident with their new material, is that they are having more fun than ever. This rings particularly true during 'Like A Battery' as they bound about on stage with a sense of youthful joy.
Within this new material, their maturity also spans to the vocals which tone down slightly on the screams; yet still, carry the same sense of urgency on their debut. In a mid-set highlight 'Run With The Rhythm' feels like it’s going to be one of those songs that will epically close their set in the future.
'Born Young And Free' ignites the crowd into the biggest frenzy yet as bodies fly off the stage and around the intimate venue. This is only topped by set closer 'Why Do You Hate Me?' which seems to incorporate everyone in the room in one communal mosh. If one thing is clear, it’s that Marmozets have returned and they are here to give rock and good kicking again!
Did they put on much of a show?
It’s hot and sweaty tonight but that doesn’t stop their youthful exuberance tonight. Becca is told she is on voice rest duties but there is no sign of that; with her head straight into the front rows from the off.
What was the highlight of the set?
Despite all of the hits that are played during the set tonight, it’s actually their new song 'Run With The Rhythm' that has the most lasting impression tonight. Working as almost a sister piece to that of 'Captivate You' it’s a far cry from their early mathcore upbringings.
Showcasing Becca’s clean vocals once more it builds with a galloping pace to a euphoric chorus you can see huge crowds singing along with in larger venues than this. It’s the sort of song that you can already hear being played on the airwaves for weeks on end; it has the potential to break them into the mainstream.
Where can I catch them next?
In October they will go on a more expansive tour visiting Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol amongst others. Hopefully, by then we will have a new album to enjoy as well!