Live Review: The Maccabees

Live Review: The Maccabees

It’s a universally acknowledged truth outside the capital that everyone in London is a cock. Narrow this theory down to just people who work in the music industry and you can see just why hordes of people with pickaxes are gathering north of...

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The Maccabees

The Maccabees

After some tantalising YouTube studio updates before Christmas, our first taste of the new Maccabees album has made us slaver so much we’ve had to raze half the New Forest to sawdust the office floor. It’s been too long since our last...

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The Maccabees

The Maccabees

Named after Biblical rebels from the second century BC and boasting complexions which wouldn’t look out of place at Henley Regatta, such is The Macs’ pop pedigree, they make even the Jing Jang Jong look slightly Twang-ish. Not for these...

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The Maccabees

The Maccabees

As complex as Mystery Jets, less contrived than The Rumble Strips, more vulnerable than Jamie T – The Maccabees’ claims to greatness grow stronger with each and every passing week. Forgive them a line-up that includes members called Hugo,...

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The Maccabees: Colour It In

The Maccabees: Colour It In

Pills, speed, acid, crack… chlorine? Bands have been enhanced by all kinds of chemicals over the years on their quest for musical nirvana, but it’s probably safe to say that ‘Colour It In’ is the first album to be conceived under the...

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Shockwaves NME Awards Show: The Maccabees, London KOKO; Tue Feb 27

Shockwaves NME Awards Show: The Maccabees,...

We’ve never seen a band so keen to play a gig. Leaping on the stage desperate to drop their new carpet bombing tirade of tracks on an unsuspecting crowd, The Maccabees rip through ‘First Love’, ‘Latchmere’ and ‘Precious Time’. These...

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The Maccabees/Goodbooks: The Other Rooms, Newcastle; Sun Feb 11

The Maccabees/Goodbooks: The Other Rooms,...

The last time The Maccabees hit Newcastle, it was sandwiched into the monumentally raucous clash of egos that was the O2 NME Rock’N’Roll Riot Tour. Amid Horrific hand painting, broken drumkits and noses, and tension so thick you’d have...

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The Maccabees

The Maccabees

Bizarrely, this is the second single in the last week that iTunes claims to be ‘I Get Along’ by the Pet Shop Boys when NME inserts the disc. The other one was ‘Drama Queen’ by Switches, but this is the winner in the Battle Of The Two...

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The Maccabees: First Love

The Maccabees: First Love

In many ways, The Libertines were a masterclass in the making of a modern cult rock band. A thousand young acolytes dashed to their sweaty hem to make notes on every grand romantic gesture, to measure every neatly cut jib. So many, however, got it...

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