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While you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, it’s often possible
to glean a lot about an album from its title. Take the 2014 debut album from
the MARMOZETS – Becca MacIntyre, Sam
MacIntyre, Josh MacIntyre, Jack Bottomley and Will Bottomley
– a band that’s more than a gang: they’re quite literally family. ‘THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL MARMOZETS’
perfectly encapsulated the unpredictable yet undeniable music the Bingley band
had been creating since their inception.
But what do you call the follow-up to a record which was described
magazine as “A very impressive,
ambitious debut” and won the coveted Album Of The Year at the Kerrang!
Awards, but has also seen its
creators overcome personal hardships, learn valuable life lessons, and gain a sense
of perspective? Knowing what the band knows now, it could only be called ‘KNOWING WHAT YOU KNOW NOW’. The
presence of the legendary producer GIL NORTON (Foo Fighters, Pixies) at
the helm ensures that this is the MARMOZETS’
most ambitious and accomplished offering to date.
“The second ‘those
words’ came up in a conversation I said, ‘That would make a brilliant album
title’,” recalls rhythm
guitarist Sam MacIntyre. His sister, vocalist Becca MacIntyre (who
Noisey describe as ‘an amazing fronthuman’), became so
enthusiastic about the phrase that she took to covertly dropping it into her
answers to journalists that remained unaware of the scoop being waved under
their noses (“It perfectly summed
everything we’d be through up,” she says).GIL NORTON helped foster the MARMOZETS’ sense of positivity during
their time with him at Monnow Valley Studio (which has played host to the likes
of Oasis, Queen and Black Sabbath over the years). As well as regaling the band
with stories about writing sessions with David
Bowie, Dave Grohl and Frank Black, the Liverpudlian producer who Becca describes as “a legend”, and Josh as “an uncle”, got them working in a
totally different way.
“He records weirdly,’ says Jack, “But good weirdly!” of the recording process. “None of us were in the same room as each
other, at all, ever. It meant you could really concentrate on your own thing,
and there was more room for yourself.” Josh
agrees: “There were no egos and opinions
in the room. He just lets you do your thing.”
Doing their own things, Sam
explains, is key to what MARMOZETS
have done on their second album ‘KNOWING
WHAT YOU KNOW NOW’. “We created it for
ourselves. It’s not that we don’t care about our fans – we absolutely love them
– but the reason they like what we do is because of the way we are. If we
purposely tried to aim for a market, it would be shite.”
“We don’t do things because they’re cool; we do them because they feel
right,” adds Becca.
second full-length offering is an album that feels right to its creators, and
will sound even better to fans old and new. Prepare to get to know the most
exciting record of 2018.