Band perform new material and old favourites at Elephant & Castle venue
The Maccabees performed a raft of new material as they rounded off their UK tour in London last night.
The band performed at The Coronet in the Elephant & Castle area of the city, with the venue located minutes away from the Elephant Studio in which they recorded their upcoming fourth record. It was the final date on a short UK tour which saw the band road-test new material in Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.
Playing in front of a backdrop that featured an image of the infamous Elephant & Castle roundabout, frontman Orlando Weeks payed tribute to the area and explained how it had influenced the band’s new songs.
He said: “This album is about looking at things like this roundabout that you’ve seen thousands of times before and finding beauty in them.”
However, the show got off to a rocky start when fans were left stuck outside just moments before the band were due on stage, with hundreds left queing as the 9pm stage time arrived. Eventually The Maccabees pushed back their arrival by 45 minutes with Weeks apologising after opener ‘Wall Of Arms’ came to a heavy ending, saying the band did “everything they could” to ensure everyone got in on time.
The Maccabees played four new songs from their as yet untitled new album, with ‘Kamakura’, ‘WW1 Portraits’ and new single ‘Marks To Prove It’ all featuring in the main set.
Weeks added that the theme of the album, finding beauty in something you had previously ignored, made them reasses the songs the band had previously decided not to play live. This led to a performance of early single ‘Latchmere’, as well as ‘Precious Time’. Guitarist Felix White marked the early material by announcing that the gig was taking place on the eight-year anniversary of debut album ‘Colour It In”s release.
Elsewhere in the set, the band delved into their more widescreen material and were boosted by Mem Jago on percussion and Rebekah Raa on keys and backing vocals. The additional musicians helped boost ‘Can You Give It’ to epic proportions while ‘Given To The Wild’ closer ‘Grew Up At Midnight’ ended the main portion of the set.
Returning to the stage for a three-song encore, Orlando Weeks began by dedicating the performance to The Coronet itself, saying it is a venue “under constant threat of closure”. One more new song was then played with Weeks saying he wanted to perform ‘Something Happiness’ “to prove that we have been doing something for the past three years.”
Meanwhile, the night’s final song ‘Pelican’ was dedicated to the band’s guitar tech, who is leaving the band’s crew after two years.
The Maccabees played:
‘Wall of Arms’
‘Feel To Follow’
‘Love You Better’
‘Can You Give It’
‘Marks to Prove It’
‘Spit It Out’
‘No Kind Words’
‘Grew Up At Midnight’
‘Forever I’ve Known’
Earlier this year at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas, Felix White said the three-year gap between new material was to ensure quality. He added: “It just had to be good enough. We thought it was going to be finished a year ago, but it just wasn’t quite there and now I think it’s magic, so it’s done.” In a new statement about the album, Hugo White said: “These new songs are a reminder of why we started the band. With the enthusiasm to play music that’s exciting and makes us excited.”
Watch video footage of that interview below.