The Marmozets

Q&A: Marmozets

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UK rock band Marmozets will be heading out on a US headlining tour this March in support of their new album Knowing What You Know Now. The trek will reach San Francisco on March 5, when the band plays the Rickshaw Stop with Super Unison. We wanted to learn more about this hot new band that Kerrang calls “The most exciting young band in Britain,” so we chatted with the lads and lady about how they first started the band, what it’s like to work with a famous producer like Gil Norton, and what the music scene is like in Britain these days.

For people not familiar with your band, how would describe your sound?

It’s unpredictable, we like to make sure it’s as different as possible and we don’t like to conform to anything that’s relevant. Our sound is our personalities, all intertwined into one.

How did the band first come together?

When we were 13, in school, the families were introduced to each other and we started playing and we haven’t stopped since.

You’ve been together for close to 11 years now. With so many bands breaking up, what do you think is the secret to your success?

Being as close to your family as you possibly can, respecting each other, looking out for each other, and being there for each other when times are hard. Because if you don’t, it will fall apart.

It’s been reported that you nearly quit the band after suffering serious knee injuries and going through a tough period in your life. What kept you going?

Becca: My family, my friends and the pure love of wanting to get the next record done. If I didn’t have my family around, I wouldn’t have been able to do it, but because of their love and support, I managed to walk again.

What was it like working with Gil Norton on your latest “Knowing What You Know”?

We didn’t really know what to expect, but we knew he had worked with a lot of bands we loved and we were very intrigued to see how he would work with us. And it turned out we all got along very very well we were both fans of each other and the way he worked with us, met more than our expectations.

What were you trying to accomplish with the new record?

We weren’t necessarily trying to accomplish anything but instead trying to push ourselves to make something a little bit better than the first record. But we managed to exceed our expectations and we love what we’ve put forward.

What do you think of the state of Rock n Roll today?

It is what it is and there is going to be an uprising of new bands, but unless people take notice, it will stay the same.

What’s the scene like in England right now?

Approachable and varied. There are lots of different types of music coming out of different areas, and there is always something new popping up each day.

What are you listening to these days?

We are listening to a lot of Late of the Pier, Abba, Goat and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. They are sort of our go-to bands before we play.

What’s one thing that most people would be surprised to find out about you?

We never keep secrets from anyone, we always wear our hearts on our sleeve.

Marmozets Plays the Rickshaw Stop with Super Unison on March 5 // Tickets are 15$ at the door // Showtime 8 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Roadrunner Records

Having released albums under Digital Nations, a label founded by Steve Vai, music critic Louis Raphael has remained deeply connected to the pulse of the San Francisco music scene. Following his tenure as the San Francisco Music Examiner for and, he embarked on creating Music in SF® to authentically highlight the vibrant offerings of the city's music scene.

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