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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Artist of the Day: The Maccabees


Thanks again, England. Hailing from the perpetual indie rock breeding ground of London, The Maccabees are pretty much everything you would expect from that environment. Don’t believe me? Just listen to “Love You Better,” which manages to sound both upbeat and sad at the same time (possible working definition of indie?) For those that need a reference point, they sound like a combination between Arcade Fire and The Strokes. Their music definitely has a pop lean to it, but influences like The Clash keep the band in the rock realm. The band members themselves look like average blokes, but their sound is a step beyond something you’d hear in a dingy London pub. It’s more like something you would hear at Europe’s premier festival, Glastonbury, which they played at in June. The band’s latest release, Wall of Arms, came out in May of this year and is the follow-up to their 2007 debut, Colour It In, which received radio play in England but didn’t quite make it across the pond. While their upcoming dates are all overseas, they did play in New York back in June, so hopefully a U.S. tour is in the works.

Who’s Who: Orlando Weeks (vocals), Hugo White (guitar), Felix White (guitar/vocals), Rupert Jarvis (bass), Sam Doyle (drums)

Latest Release: Wall of Arms (2009)

Formed: 2005 in London

Label: Fiction/Polydor


-Julie McCollum

Listening to “No Kind Words” by The Maccabees

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