Marmozets Marmozets… Primal

Interview: Marmozets

Published on May 15th, 2012 | Jonny Abrams

Why take Rocksucker’s word for the thrillingly frenetic sound of bright young things Marmozets when you can read the testaments of the stars?

Here’s what Lostprophets guitarist Mike Lewis told us when we interviewed him in March…

“Marmozets are really cool, pretty eclectic, pretty all over the place. I’m not sure what they’ve got out yet but I’ve heard quite a few of their songs, and it’s pretty interesting stuff.”

…and here’s what Young Guns drummer Ben Jolliffe had to say when we interviewed him the following week…

“I think they’re about 16 years old – one of them’s 15 – and they are unbelievable, a bit like The Dillinger Escape Plan. They’re quite ‘tech’, quite a heavy band, but they’re brilliant, and such nice guys. They’re all brothers and sisters, made up of two families, and it was a thrill to do some shows with them because I definitely think they’re going places. We watched them each night and thought, ‘For god’s sake, they’re just too good, and so young!'”
Suffice it to say, Rocksucker wanted to know more, so we fired over some questions to the Marmozets camp and received the following set of answers back from their guitarist Jack Bottomley. First, though, check out this choice cut from their five-track EP Passive Aggressive (which you can download for free from here – also available is their seven-track EP Vexed, reviewed by one James Keeling as “great Mathcore with a tinge of melody, the vocals are incredible and the riffs are top-notch” and purchasable from iTunes here)…

What’s the line-up of the band and how did you all come together?

The line-up is made up of two sets of siblings: Becca (vocals), Sam (guitar) and Josh (drums) are related, and so are Will (bass) and I. It all started through school and we’ve had a couple of member changes in the early days of the band. It’s completely solid now.

How would you describe your music, if pushed?

We’d say it’s almost post-everything. It mainly consists of heavy math-rock-punk-energy-beef.

Who or what are your primary inspirations for music-making?

Currently: The Chariot, Architects, The Locust, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Brace War, UnderOath, Trash Talk, Big Black, S Club 7, The Fall of Troy, Ceremony.

Where can we hear your music?

We have our first EP Passive Aggressive available for free download off and our latest EP release Vexed is all over iTunes for £2.49!

Which have been your most exciting gigs so far?

We treat every show the same or at least try to. Like we played KOKO with Four Year Strong and it was packed. It was pretty hard to treat something like that as we do every other gig so there are exceptions. That was so much fun. Playing the Ritz with The Used was cool as well. Saying that, we love playing little places – Floor gigs are the best. The last gig we did at the Camden Crawl was so much fun for us.

Got any more coming up? (Gigs, that is…)

Yes! We’ve got Slam Dunk (North and South) on the 26th/27th May. Then pretty much festivals and then the tour in October with Your Demise, We Are The In Crowd and the lovely dudes in Young Guns. We cannot wait for that tour.

Recommend three albums that we might not have heard of…

Blakfish – Champions, Big Black – Songs About Fucking and Bracewar – Juggernaut.

Jack Bottomley, thank you.

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Editor of Rocksucker and the website's founder, Jonny is passionate about the music he listens to, both good and bad, as well as interviewing his favourite musicians.

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