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BIG THANKS to Dork for premiering the brand new video to Throw Ourselves In.  We were honoured to have Rio 2016 Olympic medallist Nile Wilson and Ash Watson from Team GB involved as well the awesome talents of Leeds Gymnastic Club' s Harry O'Neill and Pennine Gymnastics' Luke Stoney. 🎈

Hi there, earth humans. It's sh'boy Rob here. May I take a few minutes of your time to tell you about what we did in May. Get it? All right, let's swiftly move on.

WE HAVE BEEN/ARE STILL ON TOUR. Yep, that's right the month of May has taken us both the furthest North AND South that we have ever been in the United Kingdom. (That's the place you lazily call 'the U.K'. Yes you do. I've heard you say it.) At the start of this month, we loaded our van Pat with instruments, amplifiers and Maoam in equal measure and set off on the biggest tour we have undertaken to date, supporting our label-mates Natives. We were both nervous and excited about what would lie ahead, so much so that Oli DIDN'T fall asleep on the way to our first show in Bristol. Oli is...

To the untrained eye, April may have looked like a quiet month in the world of Marsicans but, in the words of the current World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, "Marsicans have had a really busy month". Boy is he right! 

After the highs of our Friends headline tour, which took us around this fine island we call home, we hibernated away into our rehearsal room in the search of new music. Despite our love for playing live, we had a great few weeks arguing over what new chords we could use to further our quest for musical synergy. However, as the circle of life dictates, we were soon ready to play live again. 

In preparation for our show at Live at Leeds, we headed over to York for a show at City Screen, a cool underground venue on the riverfront. My...

We’ve had a lot of good months in Marsicanland recently, but this month has been summin’ else! I always thought Tellytubbyland was the place to be when I was a kid but then I realised that there were fully grown adults running around in those suits and Noo-Noo was actually a girl on a tricycle. Come to think of it, we do dress ourselves in similarly colourful outfits. So, I guess Marsicanland is a veiled effort to hold onto the childhood dreams that Tellytubbyland provided (for me at least). Anyway, it’s doing a pretty good job and let me tell you why.

Since releasing our first single of the year, we’ve had a ton of support from some of our favourite radio DJs including the main man Huw Stephens who made Friends his Tip of the Week, Phil Tagga...

Classic Hippo Campus, eh? What they like, eh?  OH you’re not sure? Well let me, Cale, tell you. We rocked (the boat) up to Thekla, Bristol to start our UK tour with them and there they were… on stage… looking glorious… God-like… thumping the shit out the drums so we rushed for our ear plugs as it was a feisty PA system. So, first things first,  we introduced ourselves and our nicknames, which, if anyone knows them, they’re a bit unconventional, plus our Yorkshire accents to American ears...it was destined for chaos but actually they instantly remembered them. And I only remembered one of their names for the first two days: "Whistler" (rare name, easy) and felt guilty for not remembering the others quite so easily.

DAY 2 in Manchester, Sound Cont...

The year is 2017. America has just inaugurated it’s 45th President, an overgrown Oompa Loompa in a funny blonde wig and Britain is preparing to leave the EU, led by one of the characters from Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’, also wearing a funny blonde wig. Everyone is certain that the world will end soon and yet, despite all this, I just had one of the best Januarys you could possibly imagine. 
 

It’s your main man Rob here, coming at you live from the sofa and I’m gonna tell you all about our European tour…

Two weeks ago, me and the boys set off on a voyage that would take us across four countries. We started this voyage at the wonderful white cliffs of Dover and, after a quick frisk by the relevant authorities, we boarded a ship...

This month's instalment of the NY Times bestseller Marsicans Band Blog comes from me, James. As I look out of my window to see my new Ultra Soft Pyjama Bottoms (USPBs) flying in the wind, I can't help but reminisce on what has been the best year of my life. *Queue the montage clips and power ballads*. 

BUT before I get all emotional on you, I'll fill you in on our December ongoings. 

We started the month with our final SCHOOL NIGHT of 2016. We invited down our friends in Cassia and Vynce, who played mega sets to a packed out Oporto before the Virgin Mary, Jesus, Santa and an Elf (A.K.A. us) took to the stage for what was an incredibly fun gig. I never thought we'd end our set with a cover of The Darkness' Christmas Time (Don't let the bells end)...

Those of you who are familiar with the concept of the Georgian calendar may notice that this month’s blog comes quite late in November. The reason for that is that the world of Marsicans has kept us particularly busy over the past month and I haven't had much chance to sit down and write about it. It’s also partly to do with me Googling the history of the modern calendar, reading the full Wikipedia page and then spending a while thinking about what a crazy idea that was before it was a thing. And then I started thinking about railways and what a crazy idea that must’ve been. You see my point, right?

So, I suppose that’ll do for an introduction, now i’ll give you the low-down on our highlights from the past month. 

The last leg of the Absence UK...

STOPTOBER. Stop what you’re doing, it's October and we want you -yes, you sat there!

Tour has been mad with all you coming out and creating some pretty special nights for us, a.k.a y’boyys. We love traveling out in Pat, rocking up to your local venue and busting out our new EP (with some extra hot sauce in between). We're just over half way through the 17 date tour, having played with a bunch of seriously cool bands from small intimate venues with our Yorkshire bae's Bayonet to a sold-out Engine Shed in Lincoln with Scouting for Girls.

There are still some dates left, including a chuffing huge one at Brudenell in Leeds, so don’t miss it or you’ll m...

Summer is over and Autumn has arrived (or so I'm told by Paul The Weather Man from popular BBC drama 'The News'). Soon the leaves will begin to fall from the trees and I will once again be able to wear all of my clothes instead of just some of them. Honestly, I've got a really nice coat that I haven't worn in ages, I could not be more excited to throw that bad boy over my feminine shoulders and strut. Right now though, I suppose I'd better tell you all about what we've been up to over the last month...

Firstly, we announced LOADS of shows in the UK and we are buzzing to get back out on the road. Piling into Pat, our beloved van, and traversing this country's many motorways is what we live for. We can't wait to see you all and have a party. Oli's...

I always struggle when starting these blogs, there's so many ways in which to begin. Today was no different. The word 'blog' itself being today's barrier to me being able to produce anything worthy of reading. After spending a few minutes saying the word 'blog' to myself in bewilderment, Google told me it means 'weblog' and some joker shortened it to blog. Blog. It doesn't sound like a word anymore does it? Anyway...

July was lots of fun for us four Marsicans. We took a trip to Sheffield to play a Friday night Tramlines extravaganza alongside some great bands such as The Hubbards, Habitats and Flyte. Sheffield was absolutely buzzing that day and to top it off we all tried our first ever Taco Bell (Cale had a nightmare with his cheesy sauce and w...

Hi there. Your pal Ol here.

I’m writing this blog on July 19, the hottest day of the year so far. "Wow! it’s so warm" has been the opener to each conversation I have had with every single person today. Lucky for me- I spent the majority of the day in a room with three other boys away from sunlight, so not many people had to endure such predictable small talk. Lucky for you- we’re still hard at work preparing a load of cool stuff to come your way so so soon.

Since Cale’s last eccentric blog update we’ve done a lot, it seems. First off, the good people at Clash Magazine unveiled a new track from our upcoming EP, describing Far Away (Saudade) as a "gloriously off-kilter summer nugget". Now, if those words were used to describe a confectionary item,...

England! Sunshine! Festivals! Ahhhhh!

It's been crazy busy gigging as of late, spending plenty of time on the road traveling in Pat. He is bloody comfy, even if I do risk my life by leaning on the dodgy door...

We’ve met and have been reunited with some ace people this tour so far. Gonna go MCdrum and bass radio show on this now... SHOUT-OUTSSSSSSSS *AIR HORN* All y'allin Preston uni and the Bayonet Boys! *AIR HORN* The lads from Banbury! *AIR HORN* fuuuuuubaarrrrrrr Radiooooooo Crewwwwwww *AIR HORN* Everyone in Hoxton bar & kitchen w/ Jägermeister *AIR HORN*crazy crazy crazy Basingstoke Basingstoke Basingstoke! *AIR HORN*... cease transmission.

We love us some festivals and have already played Preston Summer Survival and Dot 2 Dot in Nottingham,...

DELIGHTED AND EXCITED to hear that we're one of the five British bands to have been awarded PRS flash funding for a 12" vinyl release in 2016. Thanks too to the amazing Modo of Brighton who will be producing said wax disc. 

 

Congrats to the other winners: Robocobra Quartet, The Pictish Trail, Barney Artist and fellow Leeds compadres, Weirds.

 

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