Photo credit: Alec Aarons
Photo credit: Alec Aarons

BOOM! : Marsicans ‘Too Good’

We here at GIGsoup have been following Marsicans for a while now, after seeing them perform at Manchester’s Dot To Dot in May, they’re back with another huge track ‘Too Good’! The Leeds quartet keep in with their groovy, indie-pop trademark sound alongside swirling vocals, raw percussion and punchy bass line. Not to mention the instantly recognisable harmonies and extremely addictive melody, something these lads have proved to be too good at, if you mind the pun. Always creating unique and refreshing tracks that make you want to get up and dance and sing-a-long to, even on public transport… yes I’m speaking from experience.

Having released the new single last week, we caught up with frontman James Newbigging to speak about the track, brown bears and his highlight of Marsicans amazing year so far!

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Hey guys, congratulations on the new single ‘Too Good’! How does it feel to release it into the world?

We’ve been sat on the song for a few months now, so it really is a great feeling to finally have it out. It’s been one of the tracks we’ve been itching to release since we were in the studio. 

Could you tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind the track?

The track came together pretty quickly one rehearsal. Sometimes we spend days on one guitar riff, trying to get a song sounding the way we hear it in our heads. ‘Too Good’ was one of the ones that sort of just happened. My girlfriend’s name means ‘dream’ in Irish, so the song was based around that dream-like state you’re in with your partner when everything is as it should be and “too good”, I guess.

Can you give us an insight into how Marsicans formed?

Me, Cale and Oli went to school together and did the whole ‘let’s start a band’ thing. Then we met Rob who was in a different band at the time and we ended up writing together, moving in together – and Marsicans as we know it was formed.

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Hailing from Leeds, who are some great Northern bands that we should keep an eye on?

I’ve been really into Fling recently. They’re from Bradford and when I heard their first tune I was instantly a fan. I’m also really into Cassia; they’re all insane musicians and I regularly wake up with their songs in my head, even if I’ve not been listening to them.

Your band name is just as catchy as your tunes, how did it come about?

It was a random one really. We were on the internet looking at animals (as you do) and saw a Marsican, a brown bear that’s native to Italy. They’re endangered though. The last we saw there was under 50 left.

2017 has been a huge year for you, including getting signed to LAB Records and your UK headline tour. What’s been the highlight of it all so far?

There’s been a few. Some of the festivals so far have been amazing. Barn on the Farm and Live at Leeds are probably at the top for me. I’d heard so much about Barn on the Farm and when we played it it surpassed all our expectations. Coldplay tweeting about us was also a very special moment. It doesn’t feel like it actually happened, so I always forget about it until people mention it to me!

Is there an EP or album currently in the works?

There’s no album in the works currently, and we’re not in a rush to get one out. We’ve got loads of material written but we’re waiting for the right time to release it.

You’ve got a busy summer of festivals coming up, which one are you most excited to play?

I can’t wait to head back to 110 Above festival this weekend. We played last year and it has a great atmosphere. It’s only a small festival but the line-up is great. Sundara Karma, Get Inuit and Little Comets (amongst many others) are playing this year as well, so it’s fun to be able to catch other bands we like.

How would you describe Marsicans to someone who’s never heard your music?

Upbeat Indie/dirty pop. We like to make music that you (hopefully) want to stand in a field with your mates and sing-along to.