Now, check out this band. Marigolds are from Norwich and they've gone straight into the Third Outing good books with an EP that just doesn't mess around. On top of that, they seem pretty sound too. Third Introduces the traffic directing marigold glove men...
Opposed to the popular belief that the name came from the Norwich Marigold Man, who went around directing traffic with marigold gloves on, it actually came from brainstorming, but inspired by a line from a Promise Ring song, Forget Me. It just suited the summery, upbeat vibes that we want from our music. We don't want to bore people.
It comes from a riff we had been agonising over for months, we really wanted a ballad song to start our sets and begin the EP, for a long time it just sounded like a awful country song with this riff over and over, but as we sorted a structure out, and mixed it together with this Wes Anderson inspired colourful love story, it became a more interesting song. The bright, vivid imagery that comes with it is something we tried to capture with all our songs on the EP.
We have a bunch of stories to describe our "tragicness", one time Joe went to shake the event organiser's hand on stage and she just turned around and completely blanked him in front of everyone. Tom once posi-jumped and his shoe came flying off mid-song. And on our first time touring a guy threatened to take Owen's glasses and 'borrow' our phones on Brighton beach. Dave has too many moments to even list. It's safe to say we are on the edge of not functioning at times.
We have had a break from doing a lot of shows to finish this EP and also make time for our exams coming up, so we want to get back into the swing of playing shows and also touring more with our mates, trying to travel as far as we can with these songs. In terms of music, we're gonna finish the songs we're currently writing and just see what happens, maybe even an album at some point, but I feel a summer single would be a more realistic goal.
Chamomile is an excellent song. It's easy to over do a review, eh. So lets keep it as simple as that to begin with. Even ignoring the opening scene in the video with glimpses of the old school Oasis T (which we are obviously big fans of), it's a track which simply takes you. Glide rock and roll in its simplest form. Result. So let's begin at the beginning...
I've always been a sucker for a long instrumental intro. The way this one lounges about and elongates into your ears is remarkable. The Beach Boys would have been proud of that cool. There's a purpose, though. Especially when you hear the guitar jag riff in full force with the backing of the beat dropping drums. It's very well done.
And to the vocals. This is where I'm at my most judgmental. Does your voice add anything to the song I've just listened to, or is it somewhat of a disappointment? Again, the Mariboys get it spot on here. The transition from verse to chorus is effortless, and there's even the odd moment of "vocal perfection" I'll call it, you know, when a simple utterance or unexpected intonation rings clearer than any instrument possibly could. Joe Maguire achieves that about 3 minutes in with the word "diaphragm". Well, that's never happened to me before whilst listening to an Indie tune.
And so I confirm that this is a band that I want to see live. Somewhere in their home town of Norwich in a pub on a Thursday night. That's how good a feeling I get from this one song alone. But luckily for you, me, the Mariboys and everybody else in Norwich, it doesn't end there. The entire EP Asleep In The Sun is a good shout. It' punchy. There's energy there. And importantly, it doesn't sound like every other band I've heard this week. Big Beat Manifesto is the highlight. Well stone me, they even got a Super Hans reference in there. Well done, Mariboys.