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SINGLE REVIEW: marsicans have released the newest track off of "ursa major," their debut album


The newest from Leeds-based indie rockers Marsicans is "Summery in Angus," a light and airy track about the not-so-light-and-airy concept of feeling like two completely different people - one who weathers the storm, and one who falls victim to it. Kings of catchy choruses and landslide riffs, this track has completely assured me that Ursa Major is going to be the album of the summer. What a bummer to not have it at the end of this month, but a blessing to have it at all.


Speaking to Dork about the track, frontman James Newbigging said, “'Summery in Angus' was written around the time when the UK started naming storms and Storm Angus was all the rage. I was indoors wearing an over-the-top summery shirt and shorts, whilst it was horrible outside. My girlfriend said, "Look at you, all summery in Angus!" and that phrase seemed to resonate with me, despite it really not making that much sense at first glance. "So, the song is about the two sides of yourself: the not-so-good side which, no matter what fun you're having, just clouds the back of your mind, and then the side which fights the bad thoughts and tries to keep you positive when everything seems to be going wrong. It's the inner fight between those two sides. It starts off referencing lines from a really old poem my Grandad used to tell me when I was younger. There seems to be various versions which go back a few hundred years, but the 'nonsense poem' always made me laugh, and I thought it summed up the opposing sides perfectly.”

Ursa Major will be out the 14th of August, and is available to presave and preorder now. Marsicans will be performing next weekend on Dork's Homeschool Fest. Keep an eye on their Twitter and Instagram accounts for more good news inevitably incoming!

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