I was crazy keen to shoot this show. I'd not seen Marmozets live for over two years, since their huge debut on the main stage of Leeds Festival in 2015. Since then the guys had been busy working on new material, and with the second album finished they were back out on the road reacquainting fans with the hits from 2014's K! Award-winning debut The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets, as well as debuting a handful of tracks from the hotly-anticipated sophomore Knowing What You Know Now, out early next year.
This was my first time shooting at Manchester Academy 3, and as far as small venues go, I loved it! I'm a bit old for the whole "shooting from the crowd and getting the crap kicked out of you" thing, so to have a small venue with a reasonable sized pit was an absolute god-send - I'll be keeping an eye out for tours landing there again in the future! They've also got a pretty good lighting rig too, which meant I could leave my flash in the kitbag. I did have to push my ISO a bit to get a suitable enough shutter speed to keep up with Becca and Will throwing themselves about, mind.
Given how long it had been since I'd last seen Marmozets, I'd forgotten just how good they are live, and how much fun they are to shoot - they are such an expressive band, and whilst I was determined to document the frantic energy of their show, I was also keen to capture a lot of the "inbetween" moments, to try and get a slightly different angle to the times I'd previously shot them.
The guys blasted through their thirteen track set in what felt like no time - the tracks from the first album still sounding articulate and relevant, whilst the new material gave the first hint as to how their sound has matured - judging by the strength of second single 'Habits', it's matured very well indeed:
Knowing What You Know Now is out on 26 Jan - go preorder it. It'll definitely be good.