Marsicans are a young indie band from Leeds whose driving, harmony-laden sound and exciting live shows are earning them a reputation as an emerging force in British music.
The last 12 months were Marsicans’ busiest to date: signing to LAB Records and X-ray Touring, their EP hit a million plays on Spotify; singles made the BBC Radio 1 weekly playlist, the opening credits of E4’s Made In Chelsea and were even shared online by Coldplay. Constantly touring, the quartet played 83 shows to packed rooms and festival stages in five countries, supporting Jaws and Clean Cut Kid on UK tours and Minnesota’s Hippo Campus’ on UK and European dates in the process.
Marsicans’ latest single, Wake Up Freya, a reflective song singer James wrote for his niece before she was born, was premiered on its week of release by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens who invited the band on this show to chat about the single and their recent live session at the BBC’s legendary Maida Vale studios. It also landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday UK and Apple Music’s Best Of The Week among other high-profile playlists in the UK, USA, Europe and Japan.
Marsicans’ biggest UK headline tour took place in March 2018, with five of the six dates selling out in advance including Londone Borderline, Manchester Deaf Institute and the 700-capacity Leeds Church.
James Newbigging – lead vocals and guitar
Oliver Jameson – guitar and vocals
Rob Brander – bass, keyboards and lead vocals
Matthew ‘Cale’ McHale – drums and vocals
“Joyous noise pop…beautifully contagious.”- Artrocker Magazine
“Vocals as strong as The Beach Boys, songs that slip and slide at a ferocious pace…enough to draw the breath of anyone watching.”- Louder Than War
“Bursting onto the indie scene…refreshing, creatively upbeat, toe-tappingly fun.”- Earmilk
“An over-excited dog of a band with tongues lolling and drool flying as they hump the hell out of your stereo.”- TMRW Magazine
“An irreverent pop group dealing in carefree pleasure.”- The 405
“The Leeds quartet have refined a sound that infuses Britpop with a little Vampire Weekend-style globalism.” – Entertainment Weekly (USA)