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Band Of The Week // MARSICANS

The fear of being left behind is a familiar one, and Marsicans take on this with their latest single Your Eyes. 


Indie quartet Marsicans continue their upward trajectory with their newest single Your Eyes, an introspective track with deceptively upbeat accompaniment.

On the surface, the gleaming guitars and anthemic melody sounds upbeat and bubbly, but upon closer examination at the lyrics, there’s a thinly-veiled anxiety about not living up to the expectations of others. There’s no shortage of riffs for you to dig your teeth into, and the blistering chorus tears through you with a wholly infectious energy. It’s a tune for when festival season swings around, and it’s completely captivating with its punchy chords and crashing cymbals.

Speaking about the track, bassist and vocalist Rob Brander explains:

‘Your Eyes’ is a song about a particular time in my life when I felt I was being left behind by those around me. Everyone I had grown up with was making these big ‘life’ decisions and overarching plans for the future, whilst I was still treading water. I wondered what they might think of me, or whether they were secretly feeling unsure of themselves but putting up a front. I think it’s impossible not to judge ourselves by the successes of our peers. Musically, the song went through a few different forms before ending up where it is today. James had a riff and a chorus that inspired the song initially but neither actually ended up in the final version, despite even having been played live once or twice. We’ll be playing this new version on our upcoming live dates.

We caught up with drummer Matthew ‘Cale’ McHale to ask a few questions about the track, who he wishes he could be for a day, and how time helped him move forward from the situation that inspired the track.

What’s a motto you live by?

‘‘We’ll all be dead soon” – Not in a depressing way, but a pretty apt “we’re here for a short time, get on with life and enjoy it.”

If your sound had a colour, what colour would it be?

A vigorous sharp yellow.

If you could set Your Eyes to a movie, which movie would it be the soundtrack to?

Probably some RomCom that was light hearted and humorous, with a little bit of feel good. You could say many noughties films.

You mentioned Your Eyes was written during a time where you felt a bit left behind, what advice would you give to someone going through the same situation?

It’s been a while since I’ve felt like that and, apart from a few cliche inspirational internet quotes, the main thing that helped me was time. The best advice I could give would simply be to hang in there! Life comes in waves and, just because those around you seem to be pulling ahead, a lot can change in a year and pretty soon you may be on the other side of that predicament.

Did you have a particular song that helped you through that period of your life?

‘Perth’ by Bon Iver

If you could see the world through someone else’s eyes for a day, who would you want to be for that day?

Samuel L Jackson – the guy’s a baller and has starred in some amazing films. I bet he’s in a very comfortable stage in his life where he could turn up on a movie set and shoot a role, or stroll off to Hawaii.

Catch the band on one of their upcoming live dates.


13 – Preston, Dark Room

22 – Lincoln, Engine Shed

23 – Luton, The Edge


02 – Bristol, Rough Trade

03 – Birmingham, Mama Roux’s

04 – Southampton, Joiners

05 – London, Dingwalls

06 – Manchester, Academy 3

11 – Glasgow, Stereo

12 – Newcastle, Think Tank

13 – Nottingham, Rock City Basement


04 – Live At Leeds

25 – Neighbourhood Weekender