Leeds indie popsters MARSICANS went down to the legendary Maida Vale studios in London to record a special BBC Introducing session last week, and now you can watch it over on the BBC website.
We’ve been fans of the four-piece since 2011 when they took part in the Centre Stage competition (narrowly missing out to bass player Rob’s brother’s winning band The Mexanines). Their infectious bursts of gleeful sun-kissed grooves have got us up and dancing over the last seven years, so it’s amazing to see them getting the recognition they deserve.
Having spent the last few years touring fairly solidly, playing pretty much every UK festival from Kendal Calling and Bingley Music Live to Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds, they’ve been winning over an army of fans with ace tunes like Too Good, Friends and Throw Ourselves In.
And we’re proud as punch to watch them play these tunes – and new single Wake Up Freya – in the hallowed studio at Maida Vale, following in the footsteps of pretty much everyone from the Beatles and Bowie to Lisbon and Lewis Capaldi.
The band are heading out on another UK tour this spring, ending with a huge homecoming show at Church in Leeds on Saturday March 10. Some of the dates are close to selling out. Get on it.
13 Feb – The Platform, Engine Shed, Lincoln
01 Mar – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
02 Mar – The Borderline, London
03 Mar – Louisiana, Bristol
07 Mar – The Garage (Attic), Glasgow
08 Mar – Deaf Institute, Manchester
10 Mar – Church, Leeds
And they’re already on the festival campaign, with a few dates confirmed so far for the summer:
05 May – Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool
22 Jul – Jimmy’s Festival, Ipswich
03 Aug – Gopsall Hall Farm, Gopsall
05 Aug – 110 Above Festival, Leicester
Wake Up Freya is out this Friday via LAB Records.