The Maccabees reveal new album is finally complete

Felix White said the songs on the LP are better than those on 2012's 'Give To The Wild'

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The Maccabees have finished working on the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Give To The Wild’.

Speaking last night (February 18) at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas, Felix White of the band said they finished the album at the start of this week. “We finished it on Monday.” Drummer Sam Doyle added: “It’s recorded, we’re about to finish mixing next week and it’ll be out in a few months.”

Talking about the time spent over the record, which was initially due to be finished over a year ago, White explained: “It just had to be good enough. We thought it was going to be finished a year ago, but it just weren’t quite there and now I think it’s magic, so it’s done.”

The first single from the LP will be released in early March. “The first single is maybe the quickest thing we’ve ever done,” said White. “Quickest, loudest and also slowest, in parts,” added Doyle. “It’s opposite to ‘Give To The Wild’ in every kind of way,” said White of the album as a whole. “So it sounds like a band in a room. I think the songs are a lot better.”

The band will play a “warm-up” show in Sheffield this weekend. They will be playing at The Leadmill on February 21. Tickets have already sold out.

The band spoke to NME about the direction and sound of the new album at an intimate show at Norwich Arts Centre, which saw the space crowned the winner of a campaign to find Britain’s Best Small Venue by NME in association with Jack Daniel’s, at the end of 2014. “It feels more self-assured. I feel confident in it – I feel confident singing it,” said Orlando Weeks of their fourth LP. “I feel like it’s got a really nice mix of all of our different inputs, and that’s the thing that takes us longest to get our heads around, trying to accommodate all of those different tastes.”