With their highly anticipated debut album ‘Ursa Major’ landing on August 14th through Killing Moon Records, Leeds’ indie-rock heroes Marsicans have now confirmed the rescheduled dates for their upcoming UK tour.
While the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to their previously planned October dates this year, the band have now confirmed three new performances set to take place in April 2021. See below for the full list of new UK tour dates. Tickets on sale now from - http://www.marsicans.co.uk/tour
London Lafayette - April 3, 2021
Manchester Bread Shed - April 10, 2021
Leeds Beckett University - April 17, 2021
To celebrate the release of the album Marsicans will be hosting ’Launch Night Live’ - an exclusive online show, taking place on the eve of the album release to thank everyone who's pre-ordered 'Ursa Major'! Taking place August 13th at 8 pm BST fans will be able to join the band for a live Q&A and full-band performances of unheard tracks from the debut album, a few hours ahead of its actual release!
Featuring the previously shared singles ‘ These Days’, ‘Summery In Angus’, 'Sunday', ‘ Juliet’, ‘ Can I Stay Here Forever (pt. II ) ’ and ‘Someone Else’s Touch’, their debut album ‘Ursa Major’ 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 via Killing Moon Records.
Their releases so far have all seen continued support for the band across the 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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