After returning at the beginning of June to release their infections new single ‘These Days’, which landed on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlists in the UK, US, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam, and has already started to pick-up UK radio support, Leeds-based indie-rock heroes Marsicans are back once again to unveil a new acoustic rendition of their latest offering.
Working once again with regular collaborators Sodium Films, the acoustic version of ‘These Days’ looks to highlight the band’s strong and evergreen live qualities. Stripping back the bold and euphoric elements of the original and transforming it into a far more humbled and lo-fi offering, showcasing the diverse dexterity the outfit looks to bring to their music.
‘These Days’ is Marsicans’ fifth track to be released in 2020 and from one great bear (the Marsican) to The Great Bear, all five feature on their debut album ‘Ursa Major’ which was recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios (a landmark familiar to any fans of Queen, Oasis, and The Stone Roses) and is set for release on August 14th.
The band do have a famous connection to Rockfield through fellow recording alumni Coldplay who, it seems, had kept an eye on Marsicans from the early days, going as far as to tweet their love of their 2017 single ‘Friends’. “My phone stopped working because Twitter went so fucking insane and we saw a mad spike in streams,” remembers bassist Rob Brander. “It still feels weird. I don’t think it’s real.” Then, when it came to album time, there was an out-of-the-blue suggestion from the Coldplay camp that Marsicans might like to have a look round their own London studios for the sessions. The conversation however soon settled on Rockfield, where Chris Martin and co had recorded their seminal debut album ‘Parachutes’.
Having previously only recorded in the tiny basement of a terraced house in Bradford where their producer lives, working in the iconic Rockfield for the then-unsigned band was quite the culture shock – not to mention a leap of faith.
“We watched that Oasis documentary Supersonic,” remembers Brander, recalling a scene filmed at Rockfield. “That’s when we realised the gravitas of the situation. It felt like we’d made it. We’d been through all the highs and lows of celebrating and bollocking each other. We owed it to ourselves after that amount of time to try every idea. By the time we got to Rockfield we were like, ‘Let’s let these songs spread their wings in this big, beautiful studio.”
Check out ‘These Days’ – BELOW:
As an independent band, booked to headline the British Music Embassy’s BBC line-up at this year’s SXSW’s before COVID-19 stepped in, Marsicans had already headlined the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds festival 2019, played Glastonbury, opened for Kaiser Chiefs at Elland Road stadium, made fans of Foals when they supported them in Hamburg, toured the UK with We Are Scientists, had radio play on BBC Radio 1 and Radio X, lit up Spotify and Apple playlists, featured on Later… With Jools Holland, MTV, BT Sport, Match Of The Day, and the opening credits of Made In Chelsea, scored a surprise UK 7″ vinyl chart Number One for their 2019 single ‘Your Eyes’ all ahead of recording their debut album.
The preceding singles to ‘ These Days’; ‘Summery In Angus’, ‘Sunday’, ‘ Juliet’ and ‘ Can I Stay Here Forever (pt. II ) ’ have all seen continued support for the band across UK and international radio, DSP’s and TV. Media support for Marsicans has come by way of The Guardian’s 50 Best New Artists for 2020 tip, Sunday Times’ ‘Hottest Tracks’ (Pop-Ups [Sunny at the Weekend] ), BBC Entertainment News Interview, DORK, The Line Of Best Fit, CLASH, GIGWISE, All Things Go, EARMILK, Wonderland, Consequence of Sound, Official Charts and #1 on Hype Machine’s Top 10 Most Blogged Artists of the week.
Due to the cancellation of this year’s SXSW festival Marsicans recorded a live session for BBC Radio 1 as part of their SXSW contingency coverage ‘The BME Sessions’. You can listen back to ‘Juliet’ and ‘Sunday’ here.
The band will be hitting the road in October with a run of UK album tour headline shows to support the release of ‘Ursa Major’, including dates in London, Glasgow, Manchester and hometown Leeds. Tickets on sale now – http://www.marsicans.co.uk/tour
Marsicans UK Album Tour:
Oct 14 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Oct 15 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Oct 17 – Manchester Gorilla
Oct 21 – Bristol Thekla
Oct 22 – London Scala
Oct 24 – Leeds Beckett University
Ursa Major track listing:
1. Juliet 2. Sleep Start 3 Dr Jekyll 4. Summery In Angus 5. Evie 6. Someone Else’s Touch 7. These Days 8. Can I Stay Here Forever (pt. II) 9. Blood In My Eye 10. Sunday 11. Leave Me Outside 12. Should’ve Been There
James Newbigging – lead vocals and guitar
Oliver Jameson – guitar and vocals
Rob Brander – bass, keyboards and lead vocals
Matthew ‘Cale’ McHale – drums and vocals