MTV Meets… Marmozets
Marmozets tell MTV why they love Twitter trolls, Slam Dunk festival…and McFly
By Georgina Langford
MTV gatecrashed Marmozets' hotel room during Brighton’s Great Escape festival to quiz them about getting their unique combination of math rock + metal + something-you-can-dance-to on daytime radio, what their debut album is called and how they once tricked someone into thinking they were Paramore.
MTV: Even though you are all still REALLY young, you’ve been a band for years – how does it feel to finally have the world noticing Marmozets?
Sam Macintyre: It feels good to have our songs played on the radio. I’m still not sure if the DJs actually like it though, or if they’re just saying that.
Becca Macintyre: People on Twitter are definitely confused by our music on the radio. We’ve had some Tweets after our single has been played saying “Becca sounds rough; she needs to get some throat sweets”. But it doesn’t bother me – if people are going to take time out to find us on Twitter and complain at us, at least we got their attention.
Sam: Some guy messaged us on Facebook just to say “Your band is sh*t”
MTV: So you get trolled more these days?
Josh Macintyre: Yeah but you know you are doing something right when that starts happening!
Sam: Bring on the trolls! We’re just p*ssing people off because we are so good [everyone rofls]
MTV: Has it felt like a fight, getting to this point with the band?
Becca: Because of the kind of band we are, and the fact that we are all related, this band is all we know. This music is all we know. This is our eighth, nearly ninth year of being a band, we’ve grown up together, so we purely do this because we love it.
Josh: Things are getting bigger all the time now; since we signed with Roadrunner we’ve only put out two singles but the amount of people at our gigs is just multiplying rapidly, we can’t really believe it. And people are recognising us on the street.
MTV: Where’s the weirdest place you’ve been recognised?
Will Bottomley: Once when this guy recognised us, we told him we were Paramore. He was really drunk, we were at a service station and he came up and said “you’re in that band…”
Becca: Even with our broad Yorkshire accents, we told him we were Paramore and he believed it.
Sam: We got pictures with him – as them – and everything!
MTV: We’re getting very excited for your debut album – is it right you finished recording in January?
Sam: Yep, it’s all mixed, it’s all mastered, it’s all ready. We’ve got an album title…
Becca: Can we say it? I’m just going to say it!
[the whole band have a massive conflab about whether to reveal their album title or not]
Jack Bottomley: We only decided it a few days ago…
Sam: Ok, the album is called…[massive pause] No. I can’t do it.
MTV: The title will remain secret…for now. Let’s talk about ‘Why Do You Hate Me?’ Who is that song about?
Becca: Everyone. No…it was written so that anyone can listen to it and think it’s about whoever they want it to be about. Everyone has come across somebody who just gives you so much hate, and it’s like, “what have I ever done to hurt you?”
Josh: Everyone has had that moment in their lives when they think “why do you hate me?”
Sam: It’s about that guy who called us sh*t on Facebook.
MTV: He probably doesn’t deserve to have a whole song written about him. On a more positive note, you have got Warped Tour coming up and that’s a long way from Yorkshire.
Becca: We have always heard of other bands from the UK going on it and having the time of their lives, so we are excited.
Will: When we come back, we are just going to be like “this one time, on Warped Tour…” all the time.
Becca: We’ve heard that it’s tough because it’s such a long tour, but if anything, we are the band to do this. I know there will be times when we get a little bit homesick, but we are so used to touring.
Sam: Obviously we are so grateful for the opportunity to meet all those people and spread our music further, but to be honest we’ve got even bigger goals to achieve than Warped Tour.
MTV: What are your biggest ambitions then?
Sam: Five years ago, we wanted to get a record deal.
Becca: Five years ago, we wanted to play Reading and Leeds…now we’re playing the second stage this year.
Sam: When I first went to that tent at Reading I thought then that I really wanted to play it, and two years later we are!
MTV: You are playing BOTH the Radio 1/NME stage and The Pit stage at Reading this year, which one are you most looking forward to?
Sam: Definitely the big one, the Radio 1/NME stage. We are a heavy-ish band, but we don’t want to be seen as the metal ‘outcasts’.
Becca: It’s a statement in itself that we can play both of those stages, to two different audiences. Most bands would be one or the other.
Josh: With our band, we are just trying to push the boundaries.
Becca: We are not one genre. We are not indie, or metal, or pop, we’re everything.
Jack: We often don’t fit with the other bands we are put on a line-up with.
MTV: Who would be your ultimate band to support?
Becca: Queens of the Stone Age.
Sam: The ginger Elvis, Josh Homme.
Becca: Also Arcade Fire!
Jack: If I had the choice, it would be Jack White.
MTV: What were your first ever gigs?
Sam: Mine was Paramore.
Becca: Mine was McFly. They all got naked on stage.
MTV: Finally, are you looking forward to playing Slam Dunk with headliners All American Rejects?
Sam: ‘Move Along’ is a great album –[starts singing] “I’ll keep you my dirty little secret…”
Becca: Slam Dunk festival is like Christmas; all the bands get to meet up and hang out, which is always fun.
Catch Marmozets at Slam Dunk festival 23-26 May. Their debut album will be released by Roadrunner later in 2014.