Trouble is the first new recording from The ‘Marabar Caves’ in 34 years. Despite the gap, the band are still energetic, professional and influenced by current styles and bands. ‘Trouble’ takes the listener on a journey of occasional excess as old friends continue to have ‘far too many’ as they party-away with the memory of many years behind them. Discover that the December 28th in Formula Indie
The Marabar Caves were formed in Northampton in 1982 (originally under the name Yellow
Umbrella). The band was started by guitarists and school friends Tony Riseley and Bill Westley
together with drummer Steve Goddard and bassist Chris Jess. The band grew up in the heyday of
1970’s punk which influenced their sound and attitude. Tony and Bill would both cite The Clash as a
The band recorded and released the single ‘Seeds that Never Grew/Sally’s Place’ which gained
national attention including radio plays from icon John Peel. This was followed by the four-track e.p.
Eyes of Fire. Both releases are still sought after and copies trade regularly on the internet.
The band gigged extensively in London and the home counties including support slots to Doctor and
the Medics and Wilco Johnson. Marabar Caves eventually split in 1994 with Tony and Steve going on
to form the successful and long-lived Bushpigs.
Bill Westley’s return to Northampton in 2018 triggered a reunion of the band with new bassist
Duncan Bisatt replacing Chris Jess. Duncan is, himself an established singer-songwriter with several
previous album and single releases behind him. Since then, the band have been getting back into
the flow with gigs sharing the bill with established Northampton alumni such as The Venus Flytrap
and the (sadly recently deceased) Pat Fish as well as some of the younger bands such as Rolling
The reunion of the band always had to have new material as an aim and not just be a heritage
exercise. New songs have been recorded and the first new single by The Marabar Caves in 34 years,
entitled “Trouble”, will be released in 2021. It was recorded and mixed with producer Jon Martin at
various times through the events of 2020 and 2021 (as restrictions allowed).
Trouble riffs on the theme of sometimes having too much of a good time. Despite having a
collective age of over 230, the band can still show the youngsters on the Northampton music scene a
few things about that!
More gigs are planned staring with a support to London band Bugeye at the Black Prince in
Northampton in November 2021.
One of the lessons of 2020 and 2021 is that you can’t nothing is certain and nothing last for ever.
The Marabar Caves are grabbing the opportunities of this second coming and take the ride wherever