Festival preview: Marmozets at Leeds Festival

Marmozets. Picture: Tom Barnes
Marmozets. Picture: Tom Barnes
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Appearing on the main stage at Leeds Festival will cap a breakthrough year for Bingley rock band Marmozets.


The five-piece, whose first album The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets reached the UK top 30, have also toured with Muse and played at the Montreux Jazz Festival and Summer Sonic in Japan.

“I think it’ll be pretty amazing,” says guitarist Jack Bottomley of their Sunday set at Leeds Festival. “There have been so many amazing bands that have done it, so that is pretty mind-blowing. We’re really excited about it and a bit nervous about it but naturally, I think.”

Bottomley says the band, who are signed to Roadrunner Records, home of Slipknot, Slash and Mastodon, “did not even think” about becoming chart stars. “We were more just caught up in the fact that we’d just recorded a proper album for the first time. We’d got a big sense of achievement and a big sense of pride when we released it anyway and we just thought the sort of people that knew about the band at that point would like it – that was our only aim, really, then to get in a proper chart it’s weird.”

As well as supporting Muse, the band have also played in Russia with Kasabian. “You get to point where you have to pinch yourself,” says Bottomley. “Six or seven years ago when we started the band if we’d got told we’d be touring with Muse and going to Russia and playing with Kasabian I wouldn’t believe it.

“It’s kind of crazy the way it’s come about we’re not going to complain, we’re rolling with it, trying to get on as many shows as we can.”

In a week’s break between US dates and a European tour, the band wrote and demoed five new songs. “We were like these sound really cool but now we’ve got another two months of touring to do,” says Bottomley.

“It’s harder than you want it to be [to work on new material], especially all these festivals that we’ve been doing, you don’t really get chance to jam and write stuff,” he adds. “We do find time for it occasionally.

“We’re just trying to find the time. We’re not in the biggest rush in the world but we want to get new music out as soon as we can.”

For further details visit http://www.marmozets.co.uk/.