Is “The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets” the best rock debut from a UK band for some time? Absolutely. Is it an unadulterated triumph? Not quite.
When Marmozets are on top form they’re absolutely unstoppable. Their combination of left field alternative rock, hardcore punk and a subtle pop sensibility means that a lot of the songs on this record are immediate, exciting and almost worryingly infectious.
The flip side of that is that because Marmozets are so good at what they do, when they break from the formula it doesn’t work as well. “Captivate You”, the piano led “Cry” and “Back To You” don’t quite hit the same heights as the band’s more aggressive material. It’s admirable to see Marmozets try to spread their wings into other material but they’re somewhat damned by their own natural talent for making excellently noisy music.
That being said, when the rest of the tracks on here are so good it seems a shame to focus on experiments that only just miss the mark. The quirky groove of the anti-sexist “Cover Up” and the rock ‘n’ roll snarl of “Is It Horrible” are early highlights alongside the unseasonably catchy “Why Do You hate Me?”. Later on the frantic and frenetic “Vibetech” recalls the band’s earlier more chaotic material and demonstrates just how ferocious Marmozets can be.
It isn’t easy to put a finger on what exactly makes Marmozets so compelling. It seems to be a perfect storm of passionate musicians, adventurous musicianship, a genuinely charismatic front-woman with a unique voice and some serious song-writing chops. With youth on their side you’d be a fool to bet against Marmozets.
Time well tell whether the “Weird and Wonderful Marmozets” is just a case of beginner’s luck or not.
“The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets” is available now physically and digitally via Roadrunner Records.