Ever had a band you really like just vanish off your radar?
London-based indie-rockers The Maccabees managed that. Their last release was the well received Given to the Wild in 2012 but since then, nada. This is a shame as their brand of dancey rock is very appealing; Top Gear used ‘Pelican’ as a montage track in 2013. Felix White says the 3-year gap was to make sure the “quality of the material” and you start worrying right there that they have worked it to death and produced the musical equivalent of the Ouzelum bird.
The new single ‘Marks to Prove It’, released on May 11th, leads the way for a short tour and, later in the year, the new album. Stylistically it’s very much a Maccabees song, strong bass line and angry guitar leading a soulful vocal to a beat you can dance to. The band seems to be firing on all cylinders if this release is anything to go by and any concerns of overproduction are quickly dispatched.
There are changes in tempo, an introspective middle-eight and loads of other good stuff from a band that have matured nicely in the last 3 years. I like it; it’s put me right in the mood for the forthcoming album and the video is worth a watch too.
The band also play the O2 ABC in Glasgow on 12th May.