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It occurred to me after another of Marmozets’ fun melodic rock belters when frontwoman Becca Macintyre said, “I love the silence, you guys are so serious”, that this isn’t the first time I’ve heard a singer comment similarly on a Teesside crowd. With the band occupying the demilitarised zone between indie rock and heavy metal perhaps tonight’s audience was a little self-conscious. And that is no fault of the band, who certainly know how to whip them into a frenzy with a crunching riff and dramatic instrumental segments during the songs, but so often the end result was appreciated a little flatly.

Predictably they take to the stage with comeback single Play (“1-2-3-Play”) and wrap it up with latest Radio 1 hit Habits, fan-favourite Back To You and, the one everyone goes nuts for, Why Do You Hate Me. No encore, no fuss.

Of the new material they are better when they really rock or on occasional forays into post-hardcore territory than Paramore-esque unit shifters like Suffocation, hence Meant To Be’s screamy emo is more Million Dead than Garbage and more warmly received. But it’s a central triptych of crowd favourites Captivate You, Particle and Hit The Wave that really deliver tonight. The latter’s acapella intro a real intimate moment that at least the crowd were quiet enough to let us hear.


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