The Maccabees continue protest against London gentrification in ‘Spit It Out’ video – watch

Clip is the last in a recent video trilogy

The Maccabees have shared a new video for their track ‘Spit It Out’.

The song featured on the band’s fourth album, with this clip the third in a trilogy of videos, following on from ‘Something Like Happiness’ and ‘Marks To Prove It’.

The video, which tackles the theme of gentrification, was directed by Joseph Connor and filmed in Elephant & Castle, south London.


Connor said of the video: “The footpaths under the Elephant & Castle roundabout were adorned with the most stunning, colourful and odd mural paintings. Each day commuters passed these, enveloped by the artwork, they were something unique, something characterful, an important part of the community.”

“All this has now gone. The current regeneration of the area left no place for the footpaths and, as such, the murals were deemed surplus to requirement. What is replacing them will no doubt be more functional but will it be as fun, as unique, as characterful? I feel that this video is therefore ultimately about loss, a loss of character, a loss of distinctiveness. It’s not necessarily condemning the future of the area but merely looking at what was there and recognising its fantastic individuality something which is not as cherished in London any more.”

Guitarist Felix White broached the issue in a Guardian feature earlier this year, saying: “You can’t even afford to live in London any more. How can you expect to have creative people here? We’ve reached the first generation of people who are going to have to be dependent on their parents to live here, and that is terrifying.”

Watch the ‘Spit It Out’ video below.

The Maccabees recently announced a 14-date UK tour. The band will wrap up the tour by playing two O2 Brixton Academy shows in January 2016, with performances in Nottingham, Leeds, Bristol, Glasgow and Manchester, among others, prior to that.


The Maccabees will play the following dates:

Nottingham Rock City (November 18)
Newcastle O2 Academy (19)
Norwich UEA (20)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (22)
Brighton Dome (23)
Southampton O2 Guidehall (24)
Leeds O2 Academy (25)
Reading Hexagon (27)
Bristol Colston Hall (28)
Glasgow Barrowland (January 15, 2016)
Manchester Albert Hall (18)
London O2 Academy Brixton (21-22)