Hailing from Leeds, Marsicans have stomped their way through 2016 gaining attention from BBC Radio 1 and Glastonbury on their travels. The four piece have released yet another smashing EP before embarking on their latest UK tour.
The EP features the latest single and title track, Absence, which if you’ve caught them at a festival this summer (especially Glastonbury, where the boys played the BBC Introducing Stage) has been their set closer, and rightly so. The track is a standout from the EP with harmonies and ambient guitar throughout. Not to say this track is a background song by any means; it climaxes into a wall of sound unmatched by many bands.
Aside from the title track, which was premiered by Huw Stephens on Radio 1, the EP includes singles Arms Of Another, Swimming and Far Away (Saudade).
Arms Of Another was the earliest track to be released and what a song it is. Lyrically it is sublime. It tells the tale of someone who has just broke up with a partner and is on the hunt for someone to spend the night with because “No one likes sleeping alone”. With yet another typically Marsicans’ wall of noise towards the end of the song, the track has potential to be the Leeds bands’ hottest song yet.
Swimming sets itself aside from the two aforementioned tracks, a well needed break from the overdriven guitars that the ‘Cans are becoming well known for. Not that it lacks the energy of the rest of the EP, though. Swimming is more Vampire Weekend than it is Catfish and the Bottlemen; more Circa Waves than it is Foals.
Next for Marsicans comes their 17-date UK tour, where they hit Brighton, London, Manchester, Liverpool as well as a huge hometown headline at The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. After that? Who knows. If the band carry on their growth at the rate they are at the moment, headlining venues 3 times the size of that. All that’s left is for the band to keep playing their cards right musically and writing songs that get bigger and better each time. Judging by this EP, that’s not an impossible task.
Written by Lee Vincent