Based in Cardiff, Quiet Marauder take their cue from erratically gifted cult legends such as The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Syd Barrett, Half Man Half Biscuit, Jeffrey Lewis and The Fugs. Powered by the dual-songwriting engine room of Simon M. Read and Jonathan Day, the band is a loose collective contributing trumpet, tenor horn, melodica, multiple guitars, piano, layered vocals and anything else that comes to hand.
Never ones to shy away from big (or entirely irrational) projects, their self-released debut EP re-imagined footballer Alan Shearer as a time traveller turned deity inhabiting humanity’s cultural memory after infiltrating all our collective history. After multiple attempts to play this personally for Alan were denied, Quiet Marauder instead focussed on creating their first album. Released November 2013 in Wales and January 2014 worldwide, Men is a 111 song, 4-disc box set conceptually charting the path of the male psyche through love, rejection, breakdown, madness, intoxication and, ultimately, resolution.
More recently, QM revisited some of MEN’s thematic territory for their second album, released July 2015, 11 Shades Of Love. Ranging from ridiculous travelogues of stalking to chat-up line idiocy to the loneliness of love in a port-a-loo, the tendency towards leftfield lyricism is accompanied by multi-instrumental contributions from the ever-growing group members. Their next release, an 18-minute video-EP, is slated for launch in early 2017, to be followed by a further 30-track album featuring Canadian kindred spirits The Burning Hell.
Decisively daft, incorrigibly intelligent and darkly comical; Quiet Marauder are one of the most unique propositions to emerge from South Wales in a very long time.