by Thomas Bedward July 26, 2021
Rising indie upstarts Marlow have just dropped their new single, ‘Blame It’, and it’s an absolute banger. Charged with heavy alt-rock vibes that echo The Vaccines and The Courteeners, the new track is a powerful indication of why Marlow is being tipped as one of East Sussex’s hottest new bands.
A five-piece band based in Eastbourne, Marlow have created a stark, ensnaring sound that pulls listeners into their unique world, grabbing your attention with a dynamic surge of old school sounds and fresh, modern energy. With an amalgamation of influences, their sound breaks down genre norms, creating something that brings to mind the likes of Oasis, Tame Impala and The Strokes, with euphoric, manic energy reminiscent of so many UK bands such as The Vaccines and The Courteeners.
Their latest, and arguably greatest, single so far, ‘Blame It’ narrates the lack of communication in relationships and how people try to avoid responsibility for their issues by shifting the blame onto others and coming up with excuses. This reckless behaviour can quickly become a hard habit to break, especially when you’re too busy having fun and brushing things under the carpet.
Through jangly inspired guitars that lace perfectly around the twinkling synth lines and gravelly, raw vocals which provide a real and honest look into the lives of the band, ‘Blame It' emits a familiar, warming feel that encompasses you head to toe. Guitarist Joe revealed, “I guess you could say the track has a sort of feel-good melancholy and embraces a juxtaposition of emotions and feelings… We really enjoy instilling a sensation of nostalgia.”
Originally under a different project name, Marlow received frequent support from BBC Introducing, performing for their Live Lounge sessions in Sussex, Surrey and Kent. They’ve also garnered airplay from BBC Radio 6 and had the pleasure of supporting Mallory Knox and Scouting for Girls.
Photos: Samuel George Photography / Audiotrope
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