“This Leeds indie quartet have the same slick arena-indie heft of Foals, Two Door Cinema Club and Circa Waves.” – THE GUARDIAN
“Bombastic” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT – “Fall in love with your new fave band” – Wonderland
“catchy blast of energy” – Consequence of Sound – “exuberant” – DORK
“refreshing break from cookie-cutter alt-rock” – EARMILK
“Wholly infectious” – CLASH – “carefree pleasure” – The 405
Fast-rising UK indie band Marsicans – one The Guardian’s 50 Best New Artists for 2020 – release their new single ‘Sunday‘ on March 25th through Killing Moon Records. This breezy indie-pop track features standout harmonies from frontman James Newbigging and bassist Rob Brander. The song’s sentiment about togetherness is particularly poignant for the times we’re living through – “wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, it’s who you’re there with that makes it special.”
“Sunday is written about a time we spent in Toronto and upstate New York”, explains Marsicans’ frontman James Newbigging. “Some of it was written whilst we were out there. We stayed in Koreatown in Toronto, and that was quite fun, and added to the song as the trip went on. The verses are about us having the best time ever, in a new place, and feeling pretty lucky that we get to experience that as a band. So it’s a love song to Toronto and NY State – but it’s also me just missing my girlfriend, despite having the best time in the world. It’s two-love-songs-in-one basically. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, it’s who you’re there with that makes it special.”
In February the band announced their debut album ‘Ursa Major’ which is set for release on May 22nd and a run of UK headline dates for October 2020. ‘Sunday’ picks up from the release of singles ‘Juliet’ and ‘Can I Stay Here Forever pt. II) which will both feature on their debut record.
Unfortunately, like a lot of acts, Marsicans should have performed at this year’s SXSW but it wasn’t to be! In its absence they recorded a live session for the BBC Radio 1 as part of their SXSW contingency coverage. You can listen back to ‘Juliet’ and ‘Sunday’ here – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000gncj
Marsicans (“MAR-sick-anz”) most recent single ‘Juliet’ saw continued support for the band across UK and international radio and DPS and was the follow ‘Can I Stay Here Forever (pt. II)’ – which was the first single to drop from their debut album ‘Ursa Major’. CISHF pt. II was “Record Of The Week” on BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire and picked up plays on BBC Radio 1, John Kennedy X-posure and the Radio X evening playlist. Spotify support came by way of New Music Friday, All New Rock, The Indie List and New Alternative. Deezer playlisted on Brand New UK and Indie Jukebox and Apple Music gave it a global add to Kebab on the Nightbus. It also featured on BT Sport’s Weekly Goal Show.
Marsicans will be hitting the road in October with a run of UK album tour headline shows to support the release of ‘Ursa Major’, including dates in London, Glasgow, Manchester and hometown Leeds. Tickets on sale now from – http://www.marsicans.co.uk/tour
Marsicans UK Album Tour:
Oct 14 – Aberdeen Tunnels
Oct 15 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Oct 17 – Manchester Gorilla
Oct 21 – Bristol Thekla
Oct 22 – London Scala
Oct 24 – Leeds Beckett University
With their driving, harmony-laden sound and raucous live shows, Marsicans have had a whirlwind 18 months: sold-out tour dates up and down the UK, including selling out their first 1,000-capacity headline show in advance; headlining BBC Introducing stages at Reading and Leeds festivals; opening a Kaiser Chiefs stadium show at Elland Road, supporting Foals in Hamburg, touring the UK with We Are Scientists; a string of nine consecutive singles supported by UK national radio BBC Radio 1 and Radio X, all gracing New Music Friday UK and other Spotify/Apple Music/Deezer/Amazon editorial playlists; filmed live sessions for VEVO DSCVR and the BBC’s legendary Maida Vale studios; tracks featured on BBC TV’s Jools Holland, MTV, BT Sport and the opening credits of Made In Chelsea; a Samsung Galaxy worldwide ad sync; and a surprise UK 7″ vinyl chart #1 for 2019 single ‘Your Eyes’.
Media support for Marsicans has come by way of Sunday Times’ ‘Hottest Tracks’ (Pop-Ups [Sunny at the Weekend]), a BBC Entertainment News Interview tied to their headline slot on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds which racked up over 100,000 views in a day, The Line Of Best Fit, Dork, CLASH, All Things Go, Earmilk, Wonderland, The 405, Official Charts and #1 on Hype Machine’s Top 10 Most Blogged Artists of the week.
Ursa Major track listing:
- Introduction 2. Juliet 3. Sleep Start 4. Dr Jekyll 5. Summery In Angus 6. Interlude I 7. Evie 8. Someone Else’s Touch 9. These Days
- Interlude II (William’s Poem) 11. Can I Stay Here Forever (pt. II) 12. Interlude III 13. Blood In My Eye 14. Sunday 15. Leave Me Outside 16. Should’ve Been There
James Newbigging – lead vocals and guitar
Oliver Jameson – guitar and vocals
Rob Brander – bass, keyboards and lead vocals
Matthew ‘Cale’ McHale – drums and vocals
Listen to ‘Sunday’ here – https://marsicans.lnk.to/Sunday
Pre-order ‘Ursa Major’ on vinyl/CD here – https://marsicans.lnk.to/ursamajor
Pre-save ‘Ursa Major’ on Spotify and other digital platforms here – https://kartel.presave.io/t/ursamajor
Tour tickets on sale here – http://www.marsicans.co.uk/tour