Marmozets - 'Knowing What You Know Now'
From the very opening moments to its charmingly wondrous close, ‘Knowing What You Know Now’ is the definitive sound of a band destined to lead a new generation of British rock music into a new era for its kind; it is the sound of a band who will smash arenas and headline festivals; it is the sound of a band who are first and fore mostly kicking the world up the ass and loving every single minute of it.
Originality8.9
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Replay Value8.9
Instrumentation9.1
Overall Impact9
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  • Becca Macintyre's chameleon-like vocals
  • It's infectiously catchy moshpit-inducing sing-along extravaganzas
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  • You're left wanting more, more, more...
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Imagine releasing your highly anticipated hotly tipped daytime radio-plugged debut album four years ago to critical and commercial acclaim, having played on institutional festival’s main stages, and played a pivotal role in breaking down the barriers between British rock music and the ever-changing mainstream. Now imagine that all of that was ripped away from you in one swift move, personal tragedies consuming you insidiously. Again, imagine three years later that you drop a surprise single that’s as atomic as Rocket Man’s bombs and you’re back and on the cusp of something even bigger then you ever were before.

For us, it’s a fantasy, but for British mathcore-turned-alt-rockers Marmozets, it’s very much a stark reality. Four years removed from their ‘Weird and Wonderful’ debut, the shift in focus and maturity is clear before you’ve even heard a single second of their sophomore album, the appropriately-titled ‘Knowing What You Know Now.’

From its title, to its polished post-hardcore-meets-alt-rock-via-mathcore-for-the-mainstream formula, to its hauntingly reflexive lyrics; ‘Knowing What You Know Now’ does away with the ‘Weird’ and ‘Wonderful’ and welcomes instead the sounds of a band who’ve graduated from protégé’s to masters of British alternative music.

Opening number ‘Play’ – which doubled up as their pivotal comeback single – is an arena-headlining anthem that explodes into your ears and infects your entire body with the desire to sing, shout, and scream, dancing around your surroundings like a dog on heat. From the Bottemley brother’s infectious interplay between guitar and bass, to the Macintyre brothers dynamite rhythm section, to Becca Macintyre’s powerhouse vocals that melt in your ears like chocolate melts in your mouth.

If you were expecting ‘Knowing What You Know Now’ to be ‘Play’ plus eleven songs sounding like ‘Play’, you’ve fallen well and truly for Marmozet’s silent bluff, as this album is every bit as experimental as their earlier material and is often throwing you off at every moment. From starting mosh-pits with adrenaline-riddled riffs in ‘Major System Error’ to bringing the lighters out for sing-along spectacular Insomnia back-to-back, Marmozets play with pacing like the government plays with university fees, and yet, unlike our government, Marmozets pull it off like few bands can.

From Insomnia’s Garbage-inspired psychedelic-grunge sing-along to ‘Like A Battery’ and it’s funk-rock jams to ‘Lost In Translation’s commanding alt-rock extravaganza, Becca Macintyre cements herself as one of this generation’s finest vocalists, her tone and deliverance as hauntingly beautiful as it is infectiously explosive. Vocalists spend years searching for the skill to master a single sound, and yet here, Becca Macintyre wraps her words around the songs like a chameleon, a masterful performance that’ll only get better.

‘Knowing What You Know Now’ is intoxicated with the perils and pain of tragedy, loss, and love, and yet ironically is anchored by an impending sense of defiance; Marmozets have been to the very bottom in the last few years and they’re sure as hell not going back. From the very opening moments to its charmingly wondrous close, ‘Knowing What You Know Now’ is the definitive sound of a band destined to lead a new generation of British rock music into a new era for its kind; it is the sound of a band who will smash arenas and headline festivals; it is the sound of a band who are first and fore mostly kicking the world up the ass and loving every single minute of it.

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