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Marmozets: On The Record

Before they play a sold out Splendour In The Grass, Marmozets guitarist/vocalist Sam Macintyre spills on the albums that have influenced him over the years. 


What was the first album or single you ever bought with your own money?
Let me think. I went to Asda once, it’s like a supermarket chain in the UK, and I tried to buy a Marilyn Manson tape but my mum wouldn’t let me buy it because of “the devil” and stuff, so I ended up buying a Chemical Brothers single on CD, and a really old Kings Of Leon single. I didn’t really get introduced to music, physical music, until I was a bit older because where I lived, there was nothing to do and everyone was boring. I actually didn’t listen to music with headphones and stuff like that until I was about 10, which is kinda weird. The first album I ever bought was The Black Eyed Peas’ Elephunk

What one album changed your life more than any other and in what way?
Queens Of The Stone Age’s Songs For The Deaf because it was just so good – it is so good. Every single song it’s just like, “What?!”. Refused’s The Shape Of Punk To Come was also a mindblower. This time last year I was actually with Dennis [Lyxzén] talking to him about it, ‘cos they’ve been planning it for quite a while I think. I knew about a new album about a year ago so I’ve been waiting ages and they only recently announced that they were going to do one. Fantastic band. Sigur Rós’ first album Von blew my mind as well. And the self-titled Bon Iver!

What is one album or song that reminds you of your childhood?
I remember when I first listened to “Let’s Get Retarded” on the Elephunk album. It’s quite bad, isn’t it? ‘Cos then they did a radio version “Let’s Get It Started”. I always remember “Let’s Get Retarded” though, that one’s a classic. “Hello Operator” by The White Stripes reminds me of my childhood a lot as well. Me and our guitarist, the band we were in when we were 11 used to play it all the time. Anything Jack White touches is gold. 

What album instantly puts you in a good mood?
Bon Iver’s self-titled album always puts me in a good mood; it always brightens my day up. 

What is one obscure album in your collection that should everyone know about?
Oh yes! Let’s have a think… Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician. Basically one of my favourite riffs ever, from “Kuntz”, the Red Hot Chili Peppers stole it off them, well they probably didn’t steal it off them, but they used it. It’s an absolute tune. Insanely fucking funny and amazing psychedelic rock type stuff.

What one album do you consider to be your guilty pleasure?
Taylor Swift’s Red album. Gotta be a bit of Swifty. It’s full-on pop – I love it.

What is the ultimate house-trashing party album?
This band called And So I Watch You From Afar and the album is All Hail Bright Futures. Listen to that album; it will change your life, I guarantee it. They’re an instrumental band, but they’re one of the greatest bands on the planet. It’s all alternative rock but it’s so big and there’s riffs. If you’re really into Queens Of The Stone Age and The White Stripes, these guys nail it. It’s like riff city. 

What is the best album to listen to when hungover on a Sunday morning?
Metric’s Fantasies. That’s really cool; I really like that one. I always listen to that when I’m hungover if I’m travelling somewhere ‘cos it’s kind
of like relaxing rock; it’s a female singer, but she’s really soft.

What’s one album that made you want to start a band?
It would have to be Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys. When that came out, that’s when we sort of started the band and we actually covered “Brianstorm” back in 2007 or 2008. Great album.

What’s one album that you wish you had performed on?
Nirvana’s Nevermind! Who wouldn’t? It’s one of the greatest rock albums in history, or one of the most famous anyway.   

What’s one album or song you want played at your funeral?
Whitney Houston featuring Mariah Carey, is it called “Miracles”? Or “When You Believe”? [Singing] “There can be miracles when you believe, when you believe…” That song [laughs]. I’d like that song so much. Actually, “Live Forever” by Oasis would be a good one, ‘cos that’d just be really ironic, wouldn’t it? [Singing] “You and I are gonna live forever…”

What is the last album you bought and what did you think of it?
My friend’s band Royal Blood brought out a self-titled album last year which is really good. Great band, great lads. We get to see them soon ‘cos we’re doing a few festivals with them, so that’ll be great. Fantastic album.

See Marmozets play this year’s Splendour In The Grass.

Marmozets Tour Dates

Thu Jul 23rd – Newtown Social Club, Sydney (18+)
Tix: www.newtownsocialclub.com
Fri Jul 25th – Sun Jul 26th – Splendour In The Grass, North Byron Parklands SOLD OUT

Sat Jul 25th – Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne (18+)
Tix: www.oztix.com.au

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