The Maccabees

The Maccabees

The rise and rise of The Maccabees has been one of 2012’s more satisfying narratives: a band who have steadily progressed up the grease-smeared rungs of the indie ladder, improving and reaping an ever-expanding audience with each album. Tonight,...

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The Maccabees

The Maccabees

"I wasn’t even sure initially if it was a good idea,” mumbles Orlando Weeks, clutching a much-needed glass of wine and giving a look that falls somewhere between fretful and bemused. “I can’t explain it. It’s like, the idea of it was...

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The Maccabees - 'Went Away'

The Maccabees - 'Went Away'

We’ll admit it. We preferred The Maccabees when they were singing about toothpaste and forgetting to shave. ‘Went Away’, then, is definitely not that, and instead it’s a perfectly serviceable slice of post-Arcade Fire indie. Which is fine,...

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The Maccabees - 'Given To The Wild'

The Maccabees - 'Given To The Wild'

As Faris Badwan put it earlier this year after The Horrors ’ freakish foray onto the Radio 1 A-list and the Top Five of the albums chart, “you don’t have to compromise to connect with people”. Like The Horrors , The Maccabees hovered...

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The Maccabees - 'Pelican'

The Maccabees - 'Pelican'

In their most recent NME interview, The Maccabees enthused that playing the sort of massive gigs that Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian do would be something that they’d be “totally up for”. This is a good thing because – and make no...

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10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (13/11/11)

10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (13/11/11)

The Maccabees - Pelican In their most recent NME interview, The Maccabees enthused that playing the sort of massive gigs that Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian do would be something that they’d be “totally up for”. This is a good thing because...

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Live Review: The Maccabees

Live Review: The Maccabees

Most bands debuting new material after a year holed up would dip a tentative two-song toe in the water. The Maccabees , though, tonight dive headlong into Portsmouth’s sweaty anticipation with a total of seven – SEVEN! – new tracks in their...

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Live review: NME Awards Tour 2010 - The Maccabees/Bombay Bicycle Club/The Big Pink/The Drums

Live review: NME Awards Tour 2010 - The...

The last time this writer ran the NME Awards Tour Gauntlet – back in 2007, when New Rave was nascent and the headline act (Klaxons, naturally) appeared to be living on a strict diet of cheese trays and MDMA – we were at our physical peak, like...

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Album review: The Maccabees

Album review: The Maccabees

Bookish tendencies are by no means a bad thing, but there’s always been an air of wimpy feyness about The Maccabees that suggests Orlando Weeks and his crew spent their art-school days stalking the corridors like nerve-wracked velociraptors,...

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The Maccabees

The Maccabees

When The Maccabees played the Concorde 2 in late 2006, the show ended with the venue informing the police that the south London-born band were trying to “incite a riot”, resulting in a blanket-ban from all of Brighton’s venues. This time...

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