The Maccabees on new album: ‘It’s stripped back, fewer layers, more piano’

The band will release the follow-up to 2012's 'Given To The Wild' next year

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The Maccabees have spoken out about the direction and sound of their forthcoming new album.

The band will release the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Given To The Wild’ next year and spoke to NME at their recent 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.

The band’s set included new songs ‘Kamakura’ and ‘WW1 Portraits’. Speaking to NME, in a video which you can watch above, the band said their next LP is “stripped back” with fewer layers and more piano.

They revealed that the record is not yet finished, with Felix White saying: “It’s a year and a half late!” However, bandmate Orlando Weeks added: “But we’re getting there and it will be done soon”. The band have 10 songs recorded and will be laying down the last couple of tracks in January.

“It feels more self-assured. I feel confident in it – I feel confident singing it,” said 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.”