Morrissey & Marshall – an introduction…
Consisting of two young singer-song writers who first made the trip from Dublin to the London last year they have already earned some fantastic reviews, and will no doubt win over many more fans in the very near future. People are drawn to their song-writing, the clever melodies and in particular the sound of their voices singing in unison – simply beautiful.
Morrissey & Marshall talk to Louder Than War…
LTW – Hearing you both sing is simply beautiful, the lyrics, melodies & the sound of your voices coming together is moving,…is that the type of reaction you & the songs have been getting from most people…
M&M – Thanks”Â¦ It’s been an amazing response, to be honest when we first moved to London we weren’t expecting this sort of reaction. We’re two blokes with guitars who sing, there are loads of us out there and to silence an audience with a song is quite overwhelming and gives us great belief in ourselves and our material. The crowd seem to understand what we’re getting at.
We believe in every word we sing and they understand us, its mind blowing at times.
LTW – A big statement, but for the same reason we all love Simon & Garfunkel, The Everly Bros as well as bands like The Coral and The Verve, will be probably be the same reason why many will fall for Morrissey & Marshall; how do the comparisons make you feel, and what actually are your influences?
M&M – To be named in the same breath as these kinds of artists is such a great compliment. What duo wouldn’t want to be compared to Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly’s? The two mentioned are the best duos ever in our opinion.
The 90’s scene (Ocean Colour Scene, The La’s, The Coral, Oasis, The Verve etc) had a massive influence on us and we have incorporated the 60’s harmony sound (Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, The Kinks etc) and incorporated an Irish twist which I personally think makes it unique.
LTW – What are the origins of Morrissey & Marshall? Initially from Dublin and then came over to London last year didn’t you? But how did you two initially meet, have you known each other for some time before the band?
M&M – We were in a rock ‘n’ roll band together in Ireland. We both decided that London was the place to be (in terms of music) and moved here to form Morrissey & Marshall.
I was introduced to Greg for the first time about 4/5 years ago on a stage in a dingy, scruffy, great little venue in Dublin. I was performing with a previous band, a song that a drunken Greg decided
he’d do a better job of. He invaded the stage and we sang it together. It sounded alright so we decided to get something going. We’ve been performing together ever since.
LTW – And how have things been since the move over the water, have Morrissey & Marshall as a group taken to the capital and how have the London/UK crowds taken to the band…(the press, the gig goers, the venues you play, the scene has a whole, London)
M&M – Like I said, it’s been an amazing experience, and people believe in us and want to help us out. We’re gigging regularly in great venues all over London and pulling a good crowd every time. The bands we’ve met have been great in putting us in contact with venues/studios/promoters and the like – we’re absolutely loving London at the minute.
LTW – There’s some lovely video sessions on YouTube I’ve seen of the 2 of you playing tunes like “Pack up Lady” – watching the understanding you two have whilst playing is just great to watch, any plans for recording these songs for release for 2012?
M&M – Yeah, big time. We’re in contact with a few heads who want to record us. The songs you’ve seen on YouTube are literally done on a phone so we’re excited to hear them recorded properly. We do, however, want to keep it as rootsy and pure as possible. We’ve been messing about on an 8 track recorder and already it sounds promising so (with a bit of luck), there mightn’t be a need to fork out shed loads of money to get our stuff down.
LTW – The traditional material you cover, obviously music from your home land; the Luke Kelly tune “The Night Visiting Song” is a fave, though your roots are all over everything you write really – dare I say, a bit like Mumford & Sons in the case of using a more traditional format to write new stuff… or am I way off the mark?
M&M – There’s no real method or format used to write all the songs; it really depends on the mood and the message we’re looking to portray I suppose.
The ‘Luke Kelly’ tune was a tribute to him. He was one of the most talented singers ever, he really sang from the heart and had a voice that would blow your head off. He had a certain pain in his voice which is so thrilling to listen to; he’s inspired us so much. He’s like our John Lennon I suppose…. LEGEND!
LTW – Do you both feel when you sign to a label its got to be one that fully understands where you as a group are coming from, or does that not matter so much these days maybe?
M&M – We want to sign to the label that gives us the most money!! Nah, to be honest we haven’t ever really thought about that one. It would obviously be great to meet someone on the same page as us, someone who is in it for the same reason… For the love of it!
We’re just really happy with what we’re doing at the moment. It’s a buzz. We enjoy every gig, every song we write and everyone we meet. We couldn’t really ask for any more.
LTW ”â I’ve been quite struck by the maturity you two have for two young singer/songwriters – like, beyond your years, and I mean that regarding content and what your songs are about; what exactly inspires your writing?
M&M – It depends really; usually it’s a topic that we feel needs to be spoken about. We’re heavily into the lyrics, the message we’re giving and the idea that something you say can actually help someone. Other times its drink or boredom.
It does really piss me off though; that there are very famous and powerful ‘artists’ out there that don’t use their tools to try and speak about something they care about. Some of them don’t give a shit about the listener. It’s kind of like ”once they’re paying my way I’ll say any old crap” oh here’s an idea for a song ”let’s get retarded”…that’ll get us a couple of million.
LTW – For example the song dedicated to the victims of the summer riots “In Need of Guidance”, again another beautiful song.
M&M – Yeah, we weren’t caught in the madness thank God, but it did have an affect on us. The song is dedicated to the victims of the riots but is written for the bigger picture.
LTW – And what plans do Morrissey & Marshall have for the coming year, where can we see you play in 2012?
M&M – We start with a headliner at The Boogaloo (Highgate, London 4th Jan). We then have a string of gigs through January and February including a support slot with Steve Cradock (OCS). All of our listings can be found on our facebook page.
We’ll pretty much pick up where we left off… writing/recording/playing all the time. We have a couple of big support slots in the pipeline so we’re just waiting on confirmed dates. We’ll do an E.P definitely…
We’re really looking forward to 2012 and a lot of people around us are excited for us too; the songs are getting stronger and we’re developing as musicians all the time.