The world wasn’t ready when the Marmozets broke out with their 2014 début The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets. It was a fresh new twist to punk—well crafted, thrilling guitar riffs, energetic drum fills and majestically roaring vocals. Nearly four years since, the Yorkshire, UK quintet is back, stronger than ever with their sophomore effort, Knowing What You Know Now (Roadrunner).
In August they released the first single and the first track ‘Play.’ Fans reacted to this lead single with mixed feelings some calling it as too “poppy” compared to their last releases. Although, mainstream acknowledgment wouldn’t be a bad thing because the band proves they can rock out as hard as any pop-rock act out there. It’s definitely a catchy comeback tune with clean vocals and a polished drum production. What makes this band work is the uniqueness that is found in the vocals by Becca Macintyre.
In the Fall the second track ‘Habits’ was released as a second single. Catchy as the prior, there are elements in the verses that are similar to Queens of the Stone Age but the vocals are reminiscent of Paramore’s Hayley Williams. Macintyre’s vocals unleash in a rugged roar throughout the album (‘Meant to Be’, Major System Error’) that fits so well with melodies carried by the rest of the band.
Producer Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, AFI, and The Distillers) directed the band into such enthusiasm that anthems decorate the album. ‘Lost in Translation’ is the jam that was meant to be heard at full volume. The tenacity in the melody overall in the album screams anthem rock. There are tons of explosives, powerful breakdowns and a post-hardcore feel that old fans will appreciate in ‘Start Again.’ Those looking for a softer side will find it in ‘Me You.’ It showcases the softer side of the quintet. Macintyre is her most vulnerable on this one but maintains that dark edginess.
Past efforts have been described as math rock but Knowing What You Know Now is straight out punk rock with some hints of post-hardcore. The Marmozets execute a raging album without a dull moment—a must listen for all fans of good time punk.