Having recently released their infectious new single POP-UPS [SUNNY AT THE WEEKEND] through LAB Records, Leeds indie-pop quartet MARSICANS have unveiled the video to accompany the track.
A soaring indie-pop jam and the perfect companion to long, hazy summer days, the track unsurprisingly picked up huge acclaim including The Sunday Times Hottest Tracks; BBC Radio One support from Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart and Abbie McCarthy, who made it her BBC Introducing Tip Of The Week; BBC 6Music; #2 on Hype Machine’s Top 10 Most Blogged Artists Of The Week; Spotify support in the UK and Japan; and further support from The Indie List, Summer Indie, Hot New Bands, One Week One Playlist and Transistor.
Speaking about the video, MARSICANS’ singer and guitarist James Newbigging said: “We wanted to recreate the annoying nature of pop up ads blocking the parts of websites that you want to see. Our guitarist Oli animated the video and put in a few hidden surprises along the way”.
And speaking about the track itself, James added: “I came back into the rehearsal room one day and found [drummer]Cale playing a riff on my guitar. When I got home from rehearsal, the riff stuck in my head. I was watching a film online and got a pop-up ad along the lines of, ‘Wow, look how much money I’ve made’. It got me thinking about the people in life that make all these false promises to you and try and get you into their crazy schemes. Lyrically, the song is basically just poking fun at those characters.”
MARSICANS’ driving, harmony-laden sound and exciting live shows are earning them a reputation as an emerging force in British music. Their upward trajectory over the last 12 months has been relentless: signing to LAB Records and X-Ray Touring; filming a live session at the BBC’s legendary Maida Vale studios; singles on the BBC Radio 1 playlist; high profile Spotify and Apple Music playlists; and the opening credits of E4’s Made in Chelsea. After touring with Clean Cut Kid, Jaws and Minnesota’s Hippo Campus, MARSICANS’ biggest UK headline tour took place in March this year. Shows in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and the 700-capacity Church in Leeds all sold out in advance.
This summer has also seen a jam-packed festival schedule for the band with performances at Barn on The Farm, Tramlines, Kendal Calling, 110 Above and many more, culminating in slots on the BBC Radio 1 stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. Forthcoming dates as follows:
Fri 24 LEEDS Festival
Sun 26 READING Festival
SEPTEMBER Thu 06 CORK Cyprus Avenue
Fri 07 DUBLIN Whelans
Sat 08 MOIRA Moira Calling Festival
Sat 29 GLASGOW Tenement Trail
Sat 06 MANCHESTER Neighbourhood Festival