Marsicans return with dirty indie pop hit ‘Suburbs’

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8.8

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UK indie quartet Marsicans are rising through the ranks at some speed, hot off the back of exuberant sets at both Reading and Leeds. Now, we’ve been treated to a refreshing punch of energy in the form of new single ‘Suburbs’.

It’s hard not to fall in love with this track; a distinctive melody-led sound in the same ilk Imagine Dragons, with a spritz of punky scuzz for good measure. Droning guitar riffs and uplifting drums feel inherently indie, but it’s infectious hook adds a dirty little pop twist: “It’s all the same when I get home / In the suburbs, in the suburbs / No reason to be on my own / In the suburbs, in the suburbs.”

Speaking about the new single, frontman James Newbigging explained ‘Suburbs’ tells a story of discomfort, and not being quite sure about where or who you are: “I’d just got back from a pretty hectic few weeks away and I was looking forward to being home. But then I kept getting bored straight away. I guess it’s kind of about wanting more all the time: more experiences, a change of scenery, but not quite knowing why you want it or why you need it.”

‘Suburbs’ follows up Marsicans summer jam ‘Pop-Ups (Sunny at the Weekend)’, tours with Clean Cut Kit, Jaws and Minnesota’s Hippo Campus and a jam-packed festival season. Catch the quartet on stage supporting Fickle Friends on their UK tour this autumn.

Featured image by Robbie Jay Barratt

Good

  • great blend of genres
  • excellent production
  • fun lyricism

Bad

  • repetitive sound

Summary

'Suburbs' tells a relatable story through simple yet effective lyrics. It's blend of scuzzy, indie rock and keyboard-laden pop is infectiously catchy. A great end of summer tune.
8.8

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