Opening track “Born Young And Free” dives straight into some off kilter guitar work, befitting with the math-rock tag that they’ve been labelled with on previous outings, before Becca chirps in with some aggressive and self-assured vocals. She’s a confident front woman that gives a blistering punk-inspired performance resulting in a hard hitting introduction. “Why Do You Hate Me?” has elements of THE PRETTY RECKLESS in its delivery but retains a sense of indie rock at its core, ARCTIC MONKEYS at their heaviest for example. It’s got some great rhythm and it’s an enjoyable track.
“Captivate You”, as far as things go here at least, is a mellower effort, a crushing ballad if you will; with the emotion clear to all but guarded with some solid string-work shielding any sense of vulnerability, which can also be said for “Cry”, which is a wonderfully sad yet powerful song. The title track of sorts, “Weird And Wonderful” brings things back up to a generally indie rock tempo with its foot-tapping beat, but it’s when Becca and co let their hair down where Marmozets are at their peak, with “Vibetech” and “Love You Good” being played with authority.
What we wanted to know was, have this close-knit family band got the continuity and integrity to step up and record a full length album without losing any of their spark? The quickest answer is yes basically. Weird and wonderful by nature as well as by name, yet it works for them so well. The range of styles they shift in and out of keep the album interesting from start to finish and everything is played with such confidence; these are definitely no flash in the pan. There’s a new wave of British rock on the horizon and Marmozets will be of the first to reach shore.