Eyup, this is Born Music on the ones and twos (we promise this will make sense in about 10 seconds), we may or may not have mentioned it, but we’re super excited for Barn on the Farm festival this week! We spoke with Marsicans ahead of their set this Sunday, for a catch up and so they could let you know exactly why you should spend your time seeing them on Sunday.
Hey! You’ve just completed a string of tour dates with Natives, how was that? Any wild tour stories?
Eyup! This is Cale on the ones and twos. It was great! It was the largest run of dates in a short period of time that we’ve done (mixed with our own shows/festivals), which we all saw and thought, “Damn, this is gonna be fun!” The Natives lads were wonderful, especially their driver/legend/roadie Rob, who saved our bacon in London.
One crazy thing was the mix of accommodation we stayed in: everything from an old renovated Ford school bus in the middle of the Dorset countryside -it had beds, kitchen and a fire place in it- to a Uni complex glassed-in penthouse thing with a 270-degree view overlooking London, to a council estate in Newcastle. It was mad.
Oh and one night we swam in the sea naked at midnight.
We’ve been loving your blog on Facebook – what inspired you guys to start doing this?
Thank you. I suppose we do a lot and get around a lot, but most people only see us in the venue before a show, during the show, and after the show by the merch table (unless you’re hardcore and come to multiple cities). So we just wanted to let everyone in on all the glorious antics that we got up to that month.
We hear your quite the connoisseurs of the bad joke, #WoefulJokeWednesday? Give us your most woeful!
I try do my most woeful each week, but also on tour I’ve been looking at pictures of cute puppies on twitter, so with that in mind…
‘What is a dog’s favourite kind of pizza?’ ‘Pupperoni’
What’s next for Marsicans, post summer?
Ooooh there are still things being discussed and finalised. It’s all top secret, but I know there will be new music and more of us standing on stages, looking like four pogo sticks!
Absolutely! It will technically be the first outdoor festival we’re playing this summer – you always remember your first, ey!? Also the first time we’ve played Barn on the Farm so we’ll love getting out and about seeing the lay of the land before/after playing.
Is there anyone you’re particularly excited to see at Barn on the Farm Festival?
It’s such a great line-up. I know that Rob (Singer/Bass) has had the Sundara Karma album on repeat for the last few weeks so they’ll be on the list. Will also be good to see to see the High Tyde lads again. We’ve shared the same stage quite a few times but not seen them since festival season 2016!
If you could collaborate with any artist on the line up, who would it be and why?
Since we do four-part harmonies, we often think how great it would be to collaborate with a female vocalist as it just adds a whole new element to the harmony (basically makes it way better). Lucy Rose’s voice is amazing so we’d love to do something with her.
What can people expect from your BOTF set? Any new material appearances?
Plenty of hair flicks and energy! There very well could be new material. I have needed some new pockets on my jeans for a while and Oli always pops into charity shops whilst walking through town.
How does playing festivals compare to your own gigs? Do you have a preference?
Festivals give us a broader range of audience, people who know us but also people only just discovering us, whilst half drunk. Whereas with our own gigs it’s mostly full of people who know our music throughout. Both are ace. We love our own bouncing indoor shows and also we love making new fans in large fields (not fields of wheat though).
Have you got many other festival appearances planned for us to get excited about?
This year we’re playing really fun, small and medium sized festivals, some of our old favourites like 110 Above and Bingley Music Live and also headlining one named EskFest in the Lake District which shall be our first headline appearance.
What are your top festival survival tips?
After Glastonbury last year, Oli can vouch for baby wipes… he took one pair of jeans and it was a monsoon, so half an hour before we played he cleaned all his jeans with 30 baby wipes. Was a good effort! Also thin anoraks that can be whipped on and off in an instant, any cool patterns are allowed, the brighter the better; Plastic bags, over your socks, inside your shoes, on rainy days; A tent big enough for you.
And finally, for those lucky enough to be going to BOTF fest, in a few words, why should they come see you play? Think of this as new music speed dating, no pressure, 30 seconds, GO.
WANT TO SEE ENERGY LIKE A REAL LIFE BAND VERSION OF A BOTTLE OF LUCOZADE?! That’s us. NEED YOUR FIX OF SOME DIRTY INDIE POP THAT YOU CAN’T GO WITHOUT?! That’s us. WANT TO SEE SOMEONE WHO LOOKS LIKE SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY AND LARS ULRICH?! Unfortunately that’s me.
Catch Marsicans this Sunday on Barn On The Farm festival’s Outdoor Stage, tickets and more information here.