I’ve never seen a band quite so in time when in came to headbanging – a rather ridiculous thought, but the first that came to mind when I walked in to see A World Defined opening the night. I hate to say this about a band, but it very much felt like the show was front-man powered – but when Liam (Reeves, vocals) was in the crowd so much, how could it not be? That said, he does an excellent job of engaging the crowd, although at times he felt slightly at a loss as to how to keep attention through guitar changes and retuning (I think asking people their names and occupations might be more suited to a comedy gig). Then again, I’m not entirely sure if that matters as the crowd were having a great time of it. The Void, the third track off their current EP, opened with a recording storming through the speakers – if you know the song, you’ll know the recording I’m referring to – and although I expected it, I would’ve liked to have seen Liam attempt it. Regardless, the song is executed excellently, with emphasis on the breakdown, and the same could be set for the entire set. As was my opinion with the EP, In Absence, this uncaged Derby talent is on track to give the city a band they’re known for.
Despite their previous triumphant releases, it feels like Marmozets have been under the radar for a little while, but with current single Why Do You Hate Me? and a live show like this, that would seem to be set to change. The five piece are probably best known for the frontwoman’s talent with harsh vocals, and this does not disappoint, with a performance which lives up to all the expectations set by the recorded tracks. From the bass that starts the show to the phenomenal closing track, the show is alive. What shocked me from the start of the show was not only Becca’s (MacIntyre, vocals) vocal range, but the ease with which she brings the harsh vocals into the tracks. Through the opening song there was a stark contrast of Becca static position centre stage and the rest of the band unleashing hell around her, but come second track Why Do You Hate Me?, Becca joined in the chaos; by the time it finished, she seemed genuinely taken aback by how much the zeal had transformed to offstage. I can safely say, that of the seventy plus bands I have seen, I have never seen so much fervent, raw and unadulterated passion and energy on stage.
“This song is called Cover Up because I believe you don’t have to get naked to get noticed as a female vocalist”, although neither this introduction nor the song mention Taylor Momsen, did she spring to your mind, too? Despite the rather repetitive chorus, this track is yet another example of their excellence in every aspect of what they do. And when I say every aspect, I mean it; I’ve seen longer established bands have more trouble getting crowds going than even Josh (MacIntyre, drums) had here – you read that correctly. The penultimate song added another kick to the crowd’s enthusiasm and even the non-traditional design of playing drums stood on a stool was taken up. These guys have no way to be controlled.
As fantastic as the response to the penultimate track was, it became overshadowed by the closing song of the night. A member of the band’s crew comes on stage, and within a minute the drum kit is in the audience along with the rest of the band, bar a guitarist who towers above, stood on ten foot speakers. Without that, the show was incredible, but with such a terrific close, it makes it the best live show I’ve ever been to.