New Music Blog: Marsicans

Posted: Wednesday 3 October 2018

With so many huge acts in and out of our doors, it’s easy to forget those that are out there, tirelessly working their way up to the top who deserve your attention. This week, we’re putting the spotlight on fast-rising indie quartet, Marsicans.


For Fans Of: Sundara Karma, The Magic Gang, Bombay Bicycle Club
Essential Listening: ‘Suburbs’, 'Throw Ourselves in' and 'Pop-Ups (Sunny At The Weekend)'

Back in March 2017, a small band called Coldplay tweeted about a new act they were “really enjoying” at the moment. That band was Marsicans, (pronounced MAR-sick-anz) and in the year and a half that’s followed since that tweet, things have been going pretty swimmingly for the indie quartet.

Hailing from Leeds, the band, made up of James Newbigging (lead vocals/guitar), Oliver Jameson (guitar/vocals), Rob Brander (Bass/keyboards) and Matthew McHale (drums), have actually been working on their upbeat indie brand for some seven years, but since signing to LAB Records in early 2017, things have taken off at an alarming speed.

With a bundle of singles to their name, including the dirty pop, Mystery Jets-esque, ‘Friends’ and the jangly dance-worthy ‘Swimming’, Marsicans took to 2017 like a bull in a china shop, not stopping until everyone had fallen head over heels for their shimmering melodies and sing-a-long choruses.

Further single releases came, including ‘Too Good’ and the ‘Throw Ourselves In’, the latter being one of the biggest breakout singles of the year. Soundtracking the opening sequence in Made In Chelsea? Tick. Filming a live session at the legendary Maida Vale studios? Tick. Airplay on BBC Radio One, including being added to the weekly playlist and almost every Spotify playlist under the sun? Absolutely smashed it. Add to that, tours with Clean Cut Kid and Hippo Campus and you’re on to a winner, really.

2018 has followed in a similar fashion. The band sold out their debut headline tour and the festival announcements were coming in thick and fast, including Sound City, Kendal Calling and Barn On The Farm. ‘Pop-Ups (Sunny At The Weekend)’ became the song of the summer (sorry George Ezra), but with its light synths and joyful spirit, it’s a certified bop and everyone from Huw Stephens to The Sunday Times agrees.

Having spent most of the summer months travelling from field to field, Marsicans rounded up the busiest few months they’d ever experienced, by taking to the Reading and Leeds festival stage for a staggeringly confident performance. But then, when your music is literally made for drinking a cider in the sun with all your mates, it’s no surprise that they had zero problems with taking on the sizeable crowd.

And here we are in the present. Autumn has hit and while we long for the warmth to return, Marsicans are giving us the next best thing in their latest offering, ‘Suburbs’. A four-minute surf-rock delight that slides in all the right places, it’s yet another reminder as to why they’re destined to be everyone’s new favourite band. And they’ll be yours too, we guarantee it.


If you want to experience Marsicans' bubbling energy live, well then you're in luck! They'll be supporting Fickle Friends on tour this month, so grab your tickets now:

O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Friday 19 October Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Friday 26 October Buy Tickets


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