MAR­MOZETS

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BOR­DER­LINE, LON­DON York­shire’s punk/glam shak­ers blast back from ex­ile

years to the day since Mar­mozets last played the UK and, judg­ing by the buzz in the room tonight, to­day couldn’t come soon enough. Step­ping on­stage at this re­vamped Lon­don dive, the York­shire punks re­ceive a he­roes’ wel­come be­fore plung­ing head­first into the fren­zied Move, Shake, Hide. There’s an ini­tial air of ring rust, which is to be ex­pected, but you can al­most taste the en­ergy bursting out onto the floor of bay­ing, sweaty bod­ies. The band are a mix­ture of snarls and smiles, ex­ud­ing that punk cool­ness we’ve come to ex­pect, but they also look more grown-up, phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally. Drum­mer Josh Mac­in­tyre puts in a dev­as­tat­ing shift, kick­ing all hell out of his kit, bust­ing his lip in the process, while Becca blows away the cob­webs bril­liantly with her ag­gres­sive and er­ratic move­ments – a re­minder that she could ef­fort­lessly still kick seven shades out of us. Through­out the night, Mar­mozets treat us to five new songs, in­clud­ing re­cent sin­gle Play, which al­ready feels at home in the set as pock­ets of the crowd are singing ev­ery word. The next al­bum sounds like it’s not go­ing to be as heavy, but they’re still pack­ing those cho­ruses that the Mac­In­tyre and Bot­tom­ley fam­i­lies do so well, hulk­ing like Kong on chest day. And as Becca stands in the mid­dle of the floor, scream­ing out Why Do You Hate Me? be­fore be­ing crowd­surfed around, it’s both weird and won­der­ful to see Mar­mozets back where they be­long. Let’s do this again soon, please.

Mar­mozets put their backs into their first Lon­don show in two years

Becca Mac­In­tyre sam­ples the taste of suc­cess

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