ABOUT MARSICANS (MAR-sih-cans)
LISTEN: “Gone In A Second”
upbeat indie meets dirty pop from the north of England
Marsicans are the raw youthful, emerging indie-pop band from Leeds, England. Their sound magnetizes to the comparisons of bands like Mystery Jets, Arctic Monkeys, Little Comets and Vampire Weekend. They count Bombay Bicycle Club, Paul Simon’s Graceland, Franz Ferdinand and the Beach Boys amongst their disparate influences.
Qualities that have been remarked upon by reviewers include their upbeat/summery sound, infectious pop hooks, intricate guitar work, quirky lyrics, Yorkshire accents, offbeat northern humour, lack of pretension and energetic live shows.
Marsicans formed at high school in 2011 and quickly built a strong reputation locally as a live act, having played Reading & Leeds festivals in 2012 and Live At Leeds the last three years. They have gone on to support Catfish & the Bottlemen, The Pigeon Detectives and Embrace on tour. They have just been announced in the first batch of artists for this year’s Live At Leeds (voted the UK’s best metropolitan festival in 2014).
From the start, the band has secured strong support on local radio from BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire DJ Alan Raw. Hands, an early recording, earned them their first UK national radio play on BBC6 Music in 2012. Terrapin, from last year’s Chivalry EP, had national radio play via BBC Radio 1.
Marsicans’ recorded output to date, all self-released, includes the debut Clocktail EP (2011), double A-side single Scuba/Eightforty (2012) and The Chivalry EP (2014).
James Newbigging – 21, final year geography student, University of Leeds – lead vocals and guitar
Oliver Jameson – 21, final year fine art student, University of York – guitar and vocals
Rob Brander – 21, part-time record store assistant – bass and vocals
Matthew McHale – 21, part-time hotel worker – drums and vocals
Official website: http://www.marsicans.co.uk