Ben Marwood

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Ben Marwood
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Background information
OriginReading, Berkshire, England
GenresFolk, folk punk
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active2002-present
LabelsXtra Mile Recordings, Josaka Music, Broken Tail Records
Associated actsFrank Turner, Oxygen Thief, Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun

Ben Marwood is an English singer-songwriter from Reading, Berkshire, England.[1][2] As part of the contemporary London folk scene, Marwood has performed alongside Frank Turner, Chris T-T and Emily Barker amongst others.[3]

Musical career[edit]

Playing solo shows from 2002,[4] in 2008 Marwood released his debut mini-album, This Is Not What You Had Planned to some critical acclaim,[5][6] followed by a three-way split album entitled Exclamation at Asterisk Hash which also featured friends Oxygen Thief and Jim Lockey. Both were released on Broken Tail Records, a small indie label run by Marwood.[7] The debut album Outside There's A Curse was released on London-based Xtra Mile Recordings on 31 January 2011 to further critical acclaim, with Kerrang! awarding it a score of four out of a possible five Ks and Rocksound awarding an eight out of ten.[8] The album release was supported by two national headline tours alongside Oxygen Thief,[9][10][11] and a support slot with Frank Turner in May 2011.[12] All undistributed copies of the album were subsequently destroyed in the arson attack on the Sony DADC warehouse during the 2011 England Riots in August 2011.[13][14] Marwood is a good friend of Turner's and was part of his extended backing band at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony,[15] and also appeared in the video for Turner's single Long Live the Queen.[16]

After unreleased material featured on a couple of compilation appearances towards the end of 2011, BBC News reported that Marwood was working on a second album.[17][18][19] It was confirmed in a blog post on 23 December 2012 that the new album would follow in 2013 and was preceded by a five-song EP featuring re-recorded live takes of previous songs entitled Incidents/Accidents, released via Bandcamp on a pay-what-you-like basis.[20]

Following the Bandcamp release, two further digital EPs were released in February 2013 through Josaka Music, Demons and Ben Marwood & Quiet Quiet Band Lay Low, a split with Reading band Quiet Quiet Band which had shortened to Lay Low by the time it reached retailers,[21][22][23] after which Rock Sound announced that the new album Back Down would be released on 13 May 2013 through Xtra Mile Recordings. A headline UK tour was subsequently announced which also featured prominent members of the underground UK acoustic scene, as well as a video for the single Under Lock and Key,[24][25] before heading to the US as opening support for Frank Turner.[26]

Outside of performing, Marwood also hosts a monthly show on a weekly alternative podcast "edit radio".[27]




Split EPs[edit]

  • Ben Marwood vs. Heartwear Process (7" vinyl – 2007)
  • Exclamation at Asterisk Hash (w/Oxygen Thief & Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun – 2009)
  • Lay Low (w/Quiet Quiet Band – 2013)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Four By Four EP – "More Good Propaganda" (2007)
  • Four By Four More EP – "Question Marks?" (2008)
  • Xtra Mile High Club Vol. 3 – "We Are No Longer Twenty-Five [Mile High Version]" (2011)
  • Lamp Light the Fire – "Horatio Dies" (2011)


  1. ^ Minard, Jenny (20 January 2011). "The Session: Why Ben Marwood's dreaming of bed". Reading Post. Reading. Retrieved 11 October 2011. Reading folk-angst singer Ben Marwood [...]
  2. ^ "Ben Marwood and co at Club Velocity". Reading Chronicle. Reading. 7 July 2011. Archived from the original on 16 May 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2011. [...] Reading's finest anti-folk singer-songwriter, Ben Marwood [...]
  3. ^ "Tracks Monkeys With Lasers".
  4. ^ Marwood, Ben (7 April 2012). "The webstore cometh". Blogger. [...]Aldershot's West End Centre on March 13, 2002 [...]
  5. ^ Anderson, Stuart (5 November 2008). "Five Little Secrets by Ben Marwood". The Times. London. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  6. ^ "Ben Marwood – This Is Not What You Had Planned". The Mag. 28 June 2008. Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  7. ^ O'Brien, Connor. "Album review: Ben Marwood – Outside There's A Curse". Alter The Press. [...]Ben's own label Broken Tail Records[...]
  8. ^ "Ben Marwood – New single 'Singalong' and Frank Turner support tour". Press Counsel PR.
  9. ^ "Ben Marwood To Release Debut Album".[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Marwood, Ben. "uk tour dates confirmed". Blog: ben marwood smells funny.
  11. ^ Marwood, Ben. "Something for the weekends". Blog: ben marwood smells funny.
  12. ^ Turner, Frank. "Addenda".
  13. ^ "Independent record labels fear ruinous stock loss in London riots fire". The Guardian. London. 9 August 2011.
  14. ^ Marwood, Ben. "Things I have done in the past month". Blog: ben marwood smells funny.
  15. ^ "Frank Turner opens up about 'weird' experience playing Olympics opening ceremony". 28 July 2012. [...]joined by an extended version of his band the Sleeping Souls that also included Jim Lockey, Ben Marwood and Emily Barker[...]
  16. ^ "Frank Turner – Long Live the Queen". Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  17. ^ "Xtra Mile High Club Vol. 3: Yanks Vs Limeys (Oh…and 1 Kraut)". Xtra Mile Recordings. 1 September 2011. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  18. ^ "Lamp Light The Fire: A Compilation Of Quiet(ER) Songs". Engineer Records.
  19. ^ "Ben Marwood working on new album". BBC News. 18 November 2011.
  20. ^ Marwood, Ben (23 December 2012). "An EP for free". Ben Marwood smells funny (blog). [...]two further digital EPs are heading your way in February [...] new album in May [...]
  21. ^ Marwood, Ben (5 January 2013). "New Year, New Releases". Ben Marwood smells funny (blog). [...]two new EPs available digitally, one my very own work and one shared with my friends Quiet Quiet Band[...]
  22. ^ "'Demons' Amazon listing". Amazon UK.
  23. ^ "'Lay Low' Amazon listing". Amazon UK.
  24. ^ Marwood, Ben (1 April 2013). "Back Down 2013: More Show Announcements". Ben Marwood smells funny (blog).
  25. ^ "Ben Marwood To Release 'Back Down' In May". Rock Sound. 20 March 2013.
  26. ^ "Ben Marwood USA tour video". The Ruckus. 29 August 2013.
  27. ^ "[edit] radio website".

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