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The Maccabees

The Maccabees are a rock band from London, England. They have released three albums so far, Colour It In, with a follow-up, Wall of Arms, released on 4th May 2009. On 4 October 2011, the band announced via their blog that their third album, Given to the Wild, will be released 9 January 2012. The first single from the album will be "Pelican", it was first played on 15 November 2011 on BBC Radio 1 by Zane Lowe.

It was released on 9 January 2012 to very favourable reviews, it currently holds a score of 72 on Metacritic, a site that averages out critics reviews. On 11 January 201 ...read more

The Maccabees are a rock band from London, England. They have released three albums so far, Colour It In, with a follow-up, Wall of Arms, released on 4th May 2009. On 4 October 2011, the band announced via their blog that their third album, Given to the Wild, will be released 9 January 2012. The first single from the album will be "Pelican", it was first played on 15 November 2011 on BBC Radio 1 by Zane Lowe.

It was released on 9 January 2012 to very favourable reviews, it currently holds a score of 72 on Metacritic, a site that averages out critics reviews. On 11 January 2012 it debuted at #1 on the UK midweek chart.

The band came up with the name by flicking through the Bible and picking out a random word. Despite adopting a name with religious connotations, lead singer Orlando Weeks has more recently affirmed, in an interview on Steve Lamacq's BBC Radio 1 show, that none of the band is religious. Their lyrics often include an atheistic theme, in particular their second album's title track, "Wall of Arms".

Though based in Brighton, all five members of the Maccabees grew up in South London, where singer Orlando Weeks and drummer Robert Dylan Thomas attended school together. Though the friends would often write songs in Weeks' bedroom, it wasn't until 2003, when they were introduced to guitarist Hugo White, that the band began to take shape. Soon bassist Rupert Jarvis joined, as well as Hugo's brother and fellow guitarist Felix. A relocation to Brighton occurred when Weeks went there to study art, but after only a year he dropped out to concentrate fully on the Maccabees and their music.

The group's first single, X-Ray, was released on Promise Records in November of 2005, and thanks to a strong XFM-Radio showing, the Maccabees were able to garner opening spots on an Arctic Monkeys tour. Fierce Panda picked up the second single Latchmere, issuing it in the spring of 2006. The band's full-length debut, Colour It In, came out on Fiction Records a year later. Thomas left the band in 2008 to go into rehab; Sam Doyle was recruited to step in behind the kit.

For their second album, 2009's Wall of Arms, the band worked with producer Markus Dravs, who also collaborated with the Arcade Fire. Main stage slots at the Reading and Leeds Festivals would follow, then the band took two years off to write and record. The results, the album Given to the Wild and its lead single "Pelican," arrived in early 2012. « hide


Given to the Wild
01/09/2012

3.6
59 Votes
Wall of Arms
2009

3.6
45 Votes
Colour It In
2007

3.5
54 Votes

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