Marmozets, a band with huge momentum behind them, have been touring after the release if their second album Knowing What You Know. Descending upon the O2 Forum, Kentish Town (one of my favourite venues), for their last UK headline gig of the year, they did not disappoint. They went out with an enormous bang. The Yorkshire born rock band took to the stage at around 21:00, and absolute euphoria hit the 2000 eagerly awaiting fans, who had just been charmed by the surprisingly good heavy tones of Jamie Lenman.
Marmozets couldn’t have chosen their first two songs better. The hit single of their new album, Play, was their starting point, and as soon as Rebecca Macintyre took to her microphone and screamed “one-two-three PLAY”, it was clear to see it was going to be a good night. The key of a good rock gig is to grab your audience ferociously at the earliest chance, and out of their repertoire, Play was definitely one of the best to do so. The front of the audience was a jumping, dancing, moshing mess – a signifier of a good sound – although I was thankful to be able to see and dance from further back!
Momentum is a word I have already linked with Marmozets, and they kept this going, jumping from Play straight into the Why Do You Hate Me – the biggest hit from their first album (The Weird & Wonderful Marmozets). That’s gutsy. To play your biggest two songs at the start of the night is a huge move. However, the main reason Marmozets are so loved as a band on the rise is due to the fact that every song poses a distinct heavy tone that fans crave, but is so creatively different. This allowed the excitement to roll through the night.
Fans were given a special treat. Cry received its live debut, a song in which a grand piano was moved onto the stage and used by guitarist Sam Macintyre. The emotion in the room was clear to see. After a good mix of songs between the two albums, it was time for the encore. Major System Error. The song that made me fall in love with this band. A perfect, if very messy and sweaty way to end the night.
Great performers, wonderful sound, amazing venue, but most of all the incredible range of songs played perfectly live. They tour alongside You Me At Six next, but this gig has proved one thing in my mind: Marmozets are capable of being regular headliners and ready to be a hugely prominent band.