RE­TURN TO THE PLANET OF THE APES

AT LONG LAST: A New SIN­GLE AND video, AND News Of AN AS-YET-UN­TI­TLED econd record. Oh, IT’S SO GOOD TO FI­NALLY have marmozets back in busi­ness Once AGAIN. becca mac­in­tyre AND jack bot­tom­ley Take us in­side Their huge re­turn…

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AFTER WHAT feels like an eter­nity, Marmozets are (fi­nally) back! Ahead of their highly-an­tic­i­pated per­for­mances at Read­ing & Leeds this week­end, the Bin­g­ley five-piece have re­leased new sin­gle Play, the first taste of their as-yet-un­ti­tled sec­ond al­bum – the fol­low-up to 2014’s The Weird And Won­der­ful Marmozets. Pro­duced by Gil Nor­ton (Foo Fight­ers, Pix­ies,afi) and recorded at Mon­now Val­ley Stu­dio in Wales, the al­bum will be re­leased via Road­run­ner Records early next year.

In this world-ex­clu­sive first in­ter­view back, vo­cal­ist Becca Mac­in­tyre and guitarist Jack Bot­tom­ley took time out of re­hearsals for their forth­com­ing tour, and the film­ing of a brand-new video, to shed some light on one of 2018’s most ex­cit­ing re­leases. Given that their de­but was ‘weird’ and ‘won­der­ful’, what words could be used to de­scribe what Marmozets cap­tured this time around? “Um… won­der­ful and weird?!” sug­gests Becca.“slightly more won­der­ful and a bit more weird!” adds Jack. “We’ve ex­ag­ger­ated ev­ery­thing…”

WEL­COME BACK! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

Jack Bot­tom­ley (gui­tar): “We’ve been do­ing some very ex­cit­ing things; writ­ing lots of ex­cit­ing songs, and get­ting very ex­cited about said songs.” Becca mac­in­tyre (vo­cals): “Yaaaaaaaaaay!”

IT FEELS LIKE IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME…

Jack: “It wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily in­ten­tional to start off with, but we sort of just rolled with it.we didn’t want to rush any­thing or come back too soon.” Becca: “Once we recorded it we wanted it straight out, but it doesn’t work like that. Ev­ery­one had their in­di­vid­ual things go­ing on in their lives, so it’s taken a bit longer than peo­ple ex­pected – or wanted.”

WHAT HAP­PENED TO YOU DUR­ING THAT TIME?

Becca: “There was griev­ing [over my grand­mother’s death], but I got an amaz­ing song out of that. It was the first time that I’d grieved prop­erly over a death; the lyrics came straight from my heart, so I was cry­ing while writ­ing. Peo­ple come and go in life, and that’s how it is. Then I had my knee op­er­a­tions. I had both of my knees done, but I couldn’t get them both done at the same time, so they had to do one after the other. I pretty much had to learn how to walk again, but that didn’t stop the singing, even though I was bed­bound for a while.”

HOW MUCH PRES­SURE DID YOU FEEL TO FOL­LOW UP YOUR DE­BUT AL­BUM?

Becca: “At the be­gin­ning we did have a lot of peo­ple say­ing,‘ooh, sec­ond al­bum, you’re not go­ing to be able to do it.’ But when we hear that it brings out our com­pet­i­tive side, and we go,‘ha! Watch this!’” Jack: “The only pres­sure we re­ally feel is from us. Some­times you can start ask­ing,‘is this re­ally bet­ter or not?’ But we got our­selves to a point where we think we have bet­tered [the de­but al­bum] some­how. We just hope that ev­ery­one will be as ex­cited about where it’s go­ing as we are.”

LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR NEW SIN­GLE, PLAY… WHAT’S IT ABOUT? HOW IN­DICA­TIVE IS IT OF THE REST OF THE AL­BUM?

Becca: “It’s mainly from be­ing the north­ern gyp­sies that we are and be­ing on tour. For me, per­son­ally, it’s about par­ty­ing and find­ing love and it not be­ing right be­cause you’re in the mosh tun­nel of be­ing in a band and go­ing ape-shit crazy. But then it’s also about peo­ple need­ing to play their in­stru­ments right and get se­ri­ous.” Jack: “The heav­ier songs on the al­bum are down that line of Play.that song lit­er­ally came about through the vo­cal sam­ple, which we did this loop of and thought, ‘That’s kind of cool.’” Becca: “I think the new al­bum feels like we’ve hit pu­berty.you know when the hor­mones are crazy? I’ve got a sis­ter who’s go­ing through that stage and I’m a bit ter­ri­fied.this next gen­er­a­tion just know ex­actly who they are and are all strong char­ac­ters – it freaks me out. This al­bum is def­i­nitely a freak-me-out sit­u­a­tion.”

YOU’VE SHOT A VIDEO FOR THE SONG, TOO – WHAT’S THE CON­CEPT?

Jack: “It’s very vibey.we filmed it at East Lon­don Stu­dios, which is a big stu­dio in east Lon­don (laughs). We’re in­side and it’s rain­ing – the whole place is get­ting flooded.and there’s a se­cret… you’ll have to watch it.”

ARE THERE ANY OTHER SONGS YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT?

Jack: “Ma­jor Sys­tem Er­ror is a dance song, but also a rock song. It’s about ev­ery­thing break­ing down in the world. It’s al­most two years old, but with all the stuff that’s hap­pen­ing in the world re­cently, it’s more fit­ting than ever. Now we feel partly re­spon­si­ble for it (laughs).” Becca: “There’s no point talk­ing about gen­res and stuff be­cause you’ll know them as soon as you hear the song. It’s got a bit of jazz on it, which to me doesn’t lit­er­ally mean jazz, but jazzy fin­gers and a bit of sass.”

IS IT A PO­LIT­I­CAL SONG?

Becca: “It’s not po­lit­i­cal but it’s def­i­nitely a song that any­one can fit into their world, be­cause ev­ery­one’s had that red-light mo­ment with some­body where they’re face-to-face and they can just see a com­plete Ma­jor Sys­tem Er­ror, and can’t carry on hang­ing around with that per­son.”

ANY OTH­ERS?

Becca: “In­som­nia is about be­ing tired and com­ing into band prac­tice. Jack had this gnarly riff and I just started singing and Sam [Mac­in­tyre, gui­tar] was like,‘what did you just sing?!’ From then on we had In­som­nia. It was like magic. It’s dif­fer­ent – it’s quirky and it’s a bit weird.”

THAT SOUNDS PRETTY SPON­TA­NEOUS. WAS THAT GEN­ER­ALLY HOW THINGS WENT, OR WAS IT METIC­U­LOUSLY PLANNED?

Becca: “It de­pends on the vibe you’re in. Some­times you have to throw your­self into it and pump your­self up a bit be­cause you’ve had a bit of a shit day. It’s about re­mem­ber­ing your place and pur­pose, and think­ing,‘just go for it – who cares if you get a bit weird and peo­ple look at you funny.’ There’s no harm in ex­plor­ing.”

YOU SEEM VERY HAPPY. WHAT’S THAT DOWN TO – SAT­IS­FAC­TION WITH THE NEW AL­BUM?

Becca: “Partly, but I think it’s more be­cause we’re all home to­gether.we’re prac­tis­ing at the same place we’ve al­ways prac­tised, and we just love be­ing home with our fam­ily.we haven’t spent too much time away from each other, but we know that we’re go­ing to be in each other’s faces for years, be­cause when you bring out an al­bum, that’s it, you’re on the road.we want to last on the road for a very, very long time, so we can come back and Mick Jag­ger it up.”

WHAT’S THE BIG­GEST LES­SON YOU’VE LEARNED SINCE THE LAST RECORD?

Jack: “No mat­ter how crap you feel, you’ll def­i­nitely al­ways get through it.” Becca: “It’s amaz­ing com­ing out the other side…”

IS THAT HOW IT FELT – LIKE A STORM?

Becca: “It did with ev­ery­thing I’ve been through in the last cou­ple of years – it has been pretty tough. But I still hold on to my dream. I’m a young per­son and I’m con­stantly blessed.as long as I have a roof over my head, some food, and I can go shop­ping at char­ity shops, I’m a happy per­son.that’s Becca Mac to a tee. I guess I’m just happy that I haven’t changed, and have got through that world that I un­der­stand but don’t want to be a part of… things like so­cial me­dia. It’s not real to me and I’m a re­al­ist – I love things that are real and true.”

LIVE SHOWS ARE PRETTY REAL… HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF GET­TING BACK IN FRONT OF AU­DI­ENCES?

Becca: “I’m just scared that I’m go­ing to be a bit too nuts and peo­ple are go­ing to be like,‘becca Mac is def­i­nitely on some­thing!’ I’m just too ex­cited! That’s what I’m like – I get too ex­cited and em­bar­rass my­self. I just need to keep my cool.”

“THE PRES­SURE HAS BROUGHT OUT OUR COM­PET­I­TIVE SIDE” Becca Mac­in­tyre

Becca’s emo-flamingo im­per­son­ation: spot on

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