Marsicans release self-made video for new single ‘Suburbs’, shot entirely on smartphone

Hot off the back of triumphant sets at Reading and Leeds Festivals and ahead of UK tour dates with Fickle Friends, fast-rising UK indie quartet Marsicans re-leased their latest single ’Suburbs’ earlier this month on LAB Records – produced by Embrace’s Mickey Dale and mixed / mastered by the multi-Grammy award winning duo of Fernando Lodeiro (Paul McCartney, Vampire Weekend) and Joe LaPorta (David Bowie, Imagine Dragons) – featuring their distinctive harmony-laden, upbeat indie meets dirty pop sound. Today they reveal the visual to accompany the single.

The video was shot entirely on singer James’s Newbigging’s smartphone. Before that fills you full of dread, the result is really quite impressive for the medium – a Google Pixel 2 XL to be precise. It was shot on location in Toronto and upstate New York, while the band was on tour. One of the only other music videos shot with the phone was a recent John Legend production, though one doubts he shot it himself! Watch the video for ‘Suburbs’ here –

Speaking about the making of the video, singer James Newbigging explains, “We shot this video ourselves when we were out in Canada and the US earlier this year. The suburban shots are in Ithaca, New York and the city shots are in Toron-to. We were having a great time looking round these beautiful places and we thought we should probably make the most of our adventures out there. For the video itself, we wanted to try and recreate the disconnection between yourself and your surroundings, which the song refers to. We had a very basic outline and just filmed on the fly all week. It was great but we had no idea if what we had shot would actually work. Luckily, our friends at Sodium Films got involved for the edit and managed to pull it together exactly how we imagined it.”

‘Suburbs’ is the follow-up to Marsicans’ summer-jam ‘Pop-Ups (Sunny at the Weekend)’, that unsurprisingly picked up rave reviews including the Sunday Times’ ‘Hottest Tracks’, BBC Radio 1 support from the likes of Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart and Abbie McCarthy who made it her BBC Introducing ‘Tip of the Week’, 6Music, #2 on Hype Machine’s Top 10 Most Blogged Artists of the week and Spotify support including NMF (UK & Japan), The Indie List, Summer Indie, Hot New Bands, Transistor, One Week One Playlist. Previous singles include ‘Wake Up Freya’ and ‘Friends’.

After touring with Clean Cut Kid, Jaws and Minnesota’s Hippo Campus, a sold-out debut headline tour earlier this year including dates in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and the 700-capacity Leeds Church, and a jam-packed fes-tival season that culminated in Marsicans playing to huge crowds at the BBC Ra-dio 1 stage at Reading & Leeds Festivals. Marsicans have just been announced as main support for Fickle Friends on their UK tour next month, including a date at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire.

Marsicans live dates
29 Sep – Glasgow, Tenement Trail 2018
06 Oct – Manchester, Neighbourhood Festival 2018
18 Oct – Bristol, SWX w Fickle Friends
19 Oct – London, Shepherds Bush Empire w Fickle Friends
20 Oct – Cambridge, Cambridge Junction w Fickle Friends
22 Oct – Nottingham, The Level w Fickle Friends
24 Oct – Glasgow, The Garage w Fickle Friends
25 Oct – Newcastle, Northumbria Institute w Fickle Friends
26 Oct – Birmingham, Academy 2 w Fickle Friends
27 Oct – Manchester, Academy 2 w Fickle Friends

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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