We have covered the Leeds based Marsicans several times here on the blog and are excited to see them at SXSW next month in Austin. They have recently dropped a new single Juliet, along with the news of their debut album ‘Ursa Major’ which will be released on 22nd May via Killing Moon Records.
New single Juliet picks up from their recent single release ‘Can I Stay Here Forever (pt.II)’ – which was their first single to drop from their debut album. The song has percussion-soaked instrumentation and a soaring chorus that is catchy AF.
Speaking about the new single, frontman James Newbigging gave this insight, “The song is set on the Juliet balcony at the flat where I live. It was written at quite a difficult time, where we were all outwardly happy about what we were doing as a band, but I personally just felt dejected by the uncertainty of it all. Not by the things we could control ourselves, but worrying over things like if we were ever going to release an album. And if we did, would anyone even care? What were we doing with our lives? And basically spending all my time feeling shit about the unknown future.
So each verse is a different night of me on the balcony thinking these thoughts – but then something would always cheer me up (the moon looking cool, thinking about what we’ve done so far as a band, etc). The “I’m overthinking this” lyric in the chorus is me telling myself to stop being so stupid and to not dwell on matters that are out of my control, to just enjoy what I’m doing.
The song really helped me contextualize what we were doing for the album. The album title ‘Ursa Major’ comes from this track. There’s a line “It’s time for a curtsy, Ursa Major” which is kind of tongue-in-cheek, like the album is introducing itself saying: “Right. Here we go. I’m the album. Now enjoy, and let me take a fucking bow”. I’m just glad we ended up calling the album ‘Ursa Major’ so it made sense…”
See Marsicans live:
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