If you haven’t heard the name Marsicans by now, you’ve most likely been living under a rock. Having supported the likes of Jaws and Clean Cut Kid, played Dot to Dot and Live At Leeds festivals, and a whole host of their own headline shows, the Leeds four piece have been making waves over the past year.
With all that under their belt, and a freshly released single in the form of Wake Up Freya it’s hardly surprising that their latest headline tour has sold out shows in Birmingham, London, Glasgow, Manchester and their hometown of Leeds.
(Photo - Ianthe Warlow)
Thursday evening saw Manchester’s Deaf Institute take it’s turn as host to the colourful, infectious energy of Marsicans; bringing with them a whole host of growth and new fans since they last stopped by in early 2017. It’s truly pleasing to see just how packed out the venue is in comparison to that previous show, relieving even, to see that one of our favourite upcoming bands are receiving the response which they truly deserve.
Taking to the stage amongst a flurry of bright lights, Marsicans, rainbow clad as always, wasted no time in hooking the now packed out crowd with the addictive, thriving chorus of Friends. The duelling vocals of James Newbigging and Rob Brander add a whole other level to the impact of the four’s energy, capable of leaving every head in the venue bobbing along just minutes into their set.
One thing I’ve discovered from Marsicans’ shows is it’s impossible to feel anything but cheerful while in their presence. Whether it’s their youthful and excitable personalities, summery pop sound or just the easy listening, singalong lyrics of each and every one of their tracks I do not know; but there’s something there which I only wish every band possessed.
(Photo - Ianthe Warlow)
Moving through the set via new single Wake Up Freya, the four showed a more reflective and sensitive side to their sound, in comparison to the cheer of earlier releases. As expected, it’s done beautifully; with the softer side of James’ vocals casting a warm, relaxed feel across the room. Of course, the calm was short-lived as they moved on towards the end of the set, spreading that youthful energy across the room as the floor bounced to the sounds of Too Good and Swimming.
Ending with the ever so fitting line “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” belonging to the stunning Absence, Marsicans truly proved their potential in Manchester. They’re a band with all the components of something truly exciting, pulling off one of those shows which leaves you smiling from ear to ear and longing for more.