Marmozets (Reading and Leeds Warm Up Tour) – The Haunt, Brighton, UK (22nd August 2017)

Alt-Rockers Marmozets are in the middle of a short seven date UK tour. This is in preparation for their appearance at the Reading and Leeds Festival later this month.

The buzz around this band a couple of years ago hasn’t waned following an enforced absence. (after front woman Becca Macintyre suffered a serious knee injury late in 2015 and taking their time to record their second album). Therefore unsurprisingly this gig in Brighton sold out weeks in advance.

Opening up were Guildford punk rockers Black Waters. This band oozes old school punk attitude and influences. As their set progressed, you could see many realised this band had something that demanded their attention. Certainly a band to watch develop.

Having seen Marmozets at the Brighton Concorde in 2015, they set the bar high in terms of expectations tonight. They surpassed these expectations with ease. Tonight they performed like a band who know they have the songs and the ability to break in to the mainstream.

Opening up with “Move, Shake and Hide” and slipping innocuously in to new tune “Play” it was obvious Marmozets were back with a bang. If they do not lay Reading and Leeds to waste next weekend with their energy and fantastic tunes then it would be very surprising.

Old favourites from their debut album (“The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets”) like “Is It Horrible”, “Captivate Me” and “Born Young and Free” appear as expected. These are interspersed with new songs including “Habit” and “Major System Error”. If you had never heard Marmozets before tonight you would not have been able to tell from the crowd reaction which were new or old songs. That bodes well for the second album when it sees light of day.

The hour long set flies past all too quickly and Becca in particular appears genuinely chuffed to bits by the reception from the crowd. They round the evening off with “Why Do You Hate Me?”.

At this point it was plain to see that everyone in the sell out crowd in fact loves this band. There is little doubt that Marmozets will go on to conquer larger venues. The fan base will only grow and grow rapidly on the basis of tonights show.