AHEAD OF THEIR READING & LEEDS SETS, THERE’S FIGHTING TALK FROM MARMOZETS.
WORDS: ALI SHUTLER.
Becca Macintyre gets told she can’t do what she does “all the time. But we don’t give a fuck about that sort of talk,” she says as defiant as ever.
“You’re either with us or not,” she explains ahead of Marmozets’ first show in Australia. A couple more follow and then the band are off to Japan to continue a summer run that’s seen them take in Russia, Europe and the US. “What else do you do with the band,” Becca reasons. “The whole point it to play everywhere. You never know what each day is going to be like, or what each stage is going to be like. That’s what makes it special, not knowing.”
Marmozets thrive on that idea of the unexpected, but getting to this point couldn’t have been more clear-cut. “It was one of those situations where you’ve got no choice what you do with your life,” starts Becca of the band’s origins. “We all have such a love for music. We’re a family so we already had that relationship,” she continues. “It wasn’t starting something new, there was a friendship between all of us before we even thought about being a band. We’re lucky, it just happened.”
“I’ve been into music my whole life,” she states. “All my family is musical and it’s the same with the Bottomleys [Jack, guitar; Will, bass]. We’ve always been surrounded and grounded in old school, real life music and artists that actually talk about real shit. It’s why we keep doing what we do.”
What they do is the result of years of hard work and experimentation that came to a glorious head with the release of debut album ‘The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets’ last September. While the album release set the ball rolling, it was their much talked about appearances at Reading & Leeds that acted as the final slog to the summit. Their return this year is the perfect chance to show people just how far they’ve come.
“I’m not really thinking about it until it comes to us starting to prepare for it,” says Becca. “I’ve got to get my outfit sorted, get my nails and my hair done,” she continues before breaking down in laughter. Composing herself she admits, ”There might be some nerves the night before and that day. That’s the beautiful thing about going through that little section, being nervous. If you’re not nervous, I don’t think there’s much point. I think it’s great to have a lot of confidence but for those big things, you need to be so nervous. You want it to be so perfect and you want to make sure you win that crowd over.
“At the end of the day, it’s down to us. It’s not down to lights, or smoke machines or fire. We’re all about the live performance and what each member of Marmozets can do. That’s what we call a show,” she proudly says. “And anyway, we can’t really afford production yet. Maybe next year.”
Being in that spotlight isn’t all sunshine and dance though. “Obviously you get your ups and downs. You have a bad day and feel down about shit but you always pick yourself back up again and just try. That’s just a natural thing about human life.” “We’re getting the respect we think we deserve,” she considers. “We’ve been a band for seven years and we know our music does help people.” But Becca doesn’t let her growing influence affect her actions. “I’m just about being me and myself. Not living a fake life. That’s a great thing for people of all ages to see.”
The Marmozets show, focusing on comfort in self, isn’t slowing down anytime soon. After the festivals – including Reading & Leeds – the band are heading out to America again for another run of shows and then they can start thinking about album number two. “We’re just writing while being on tour then we’re going to have loads of time to do an album. It’s going to be exciting to be in that process again, to be grounded for a while. I think it’s going to do us all really good. We’ve got to go back through those situations of wanting it to be perfect, where every single song is a hit because that’s the sort of band that we are. We want to be proud,” states Becca before reiterating, “We want to be really proud of whatever we bring out. It’s a long process. It’ll be out when it’s out but we’re not going to keep people waiting.”
“From all the experiences we’ve gone through in the band, it’s so much more personal than people think,” she explains. “We’re just a bunch of kids, musicians, who want to relate to the world and tell [our fans] what we think about life. We already have a platform there, and we want to go bigger and we’ll do everything we can to do that, to keep doing that and to keep being there for everyone.”