The Maccabees – ‘Pelican’

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It's a completely natural step forward

In their most recent [i]NME[/i] interview, The Maccabees enthused that playing the sort of massive gigs that [a]Arctic Monkeys[/a] and [a]Kasabian[/a] do would be something that they’d be “totally up for”. This is a good thing because – and make no mistake about this whatsoever – 2012 is going to be their year, and the point at which they step assuredly into The Big League.

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In the same way that, prior to second album [b]‘Wall Of Arms’[/b], [b]‘No Kind Words’[/b] indicated that here was a cult concern making a giant leap into the realm of Bands To Be Taken Seriously, as a first taste of forthcoming third album [b]‘Given To The Wild’[/b], [b]‘Pelican’[/b] marks a step into the Take Very, Very Seriously stage. It is the sound, unmistakably, of [a]The Maccabees[/a] we all know and love, but it’s more strident, adventurous and instinctive. Nimble guitar lines, svelte, lissom rhythms, a tear-beckoning, beautiful vocal… so many bands in recent times have attempted to retool themselves for arenas by turning up the reverb and borrowing a Bono chorus. One of the most exciting things about [b]‘Pelican’[/b] is that, yes, it sounds suited to larger rooms, but it’s also like a completely natural step forward. It sounds like the best young guitar band in Britain at the absolute peak of their powers. 2012 is going to be emotional.

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Hamish MacBain, Assistant Editor