West Yorkshire’s Marmozets head to Newcastle this month so Adam Hutchinson caught up with them to talk about their new album and being back on the road.
You’re set to release your second studio album ‘Knowing What You Know Now’ in just a few weeks, but how does the new album differ from the first?
It’s kind of like a new version of Marmozets in a sense: It has elements of the first record with a new outlook on how we write songs. We learnt a lot by touring the first album such as what tempos work better in a live situation and what our crowds are generally more into. We really took that on board when writing this new record. Overall, it’s more straight to the point and more refined than the first one but we’ve still kept that element of surprise throughout.
Your first album received huge praise from most publications with Kerrang! hailing it as the album of the year. Are there any nerves about the success of the follow-up record?
Naturally, of course there is. We want to better what we’ve released previously and we’re always striving to be a better version of what Marmozets is. We feel we’ve done a better job on this one; the production is much bigger and we’re over the moon with it.
The three singles released so far show a more refined and matured sound, while also having that passion you’re famed for. Was it easy for you to decide which songs to premier to the public first?
In a sense, yeah. We felt the songs we’ve released so far give off the impression that we have progressed and really taken what we had previously to the next level in our musical journey. The fans are really on board with it which is the main thing for us. We didn’t want people to think we were going to move too far away from previous work but wanted to show a strong and natural progression in our songwriting capabilities.
Taking it back to the beginning for you, within the genre you were one of the only female-fronted acts to have gained such popularity. Was it hard to gain attention in a male-dominated segment of the industry? Or was it something which didn’t play as big a part as what most would assume?
I think it’s easy to see that bands with female singers often get outed into a slightly different category, which we find a little strange. I think it’s been mainly down to the fact that people dig it and we are our own animal. We’re not a band that is inspired by other female-fronted bands, we do it our own way and always will do so it’s nice to gain popularity by doing it the way we have.
With your first UK tour following the album starting in the very near future, are you excited to get back on the road?
Yeah, we’re so excited. It’s like a new injection of energy. Any band will say it can be hard to freshen up a live show with having just one record out and touring those songs relentlessly, so having more material to play live will only make it more exciting for us and the fans at the shows.
You’re set to play Riverside, Newcastle on Friday 9th February. Do you have any fond memories of playing here in the past?
Of course. Newcastle is an amazing city and the crowds are always up for it. We’ve done a number of shows supporting bands as well as headlining in Newcastle. The venues have slowly got bigger in capacity each time also, so it’s lovely to see the progression.
Tickets for Marmozets’ Newcastle gig, priced at £14.30 (including booking fee), are available from seetickets.com.