What has Paul Simon, The Allman Brothers (It’s the guitar soloing in harmony bit) and Kings of Leon got in common? Well, I think I worked that one out after listening to The Chivalry EP by Marsicans.

The UK/Leeds outfit has brought something fresh yet it sounds like you heard it before. It does bring that kind of strange musical feeling over you when you first listen to it.

It’s bright, and light on listening, heavy on complex phrasing. But I love it. If you want to chill out and sit back to some highly stylized pop music, this is for you. I feel like I want to go scuba diving now.


Marsicans are a 4-piece band from Leeds, Yorkshire. Formed in 2011, their upbeat indie/dirty pop sound (‘sun-kissed calypso-rock’ according to one reviewer; ‘highly infectious Afro-pop’ according to another) and energy-fuelled live performances have earned them a strong local following and slots supporting the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen as well as Leeds & Reading, Bingley Music Live and Live At Leeds festival appearances.

Marsicans releases to date include the debut Clocktail EP (2011) , double A-side single Scuba/Eightforty (2012) and The Chivalry EP (2014), produced by Mickey Dale (Embrace).

The band’s songs have had national radio play in the UK via BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6Music. They signed their first sync deal in summer 2014.

Marsicans are:

James Newbigging – lead vocals and guitar

Oliver Jameson – guitar and vocals

Rob Brander – bass and vocals

Matthew McHale – drums and vocals