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adidasss 02-22-2009 01:46 PM

The Maccabees
 
Ok, I know nothing about this band but just thought I'd post this song because I thought the vocals are amazing. It's so nice to hear actual honest to God singers fronting indie pop groups.



That's the lead single from their new album. I've downloaded the last one but after a few songs stopped listening because it doesn't compare to this song. I'll give it another shot but I just want to enjoy the possibility of them being really good for now...if you catch my drift...:\

WolfAtTheDoor 02-23-2009 08:35 AM

I'm not a fan of 'No Kind Words', but seriously, give their debut a few more listens. It's a work of brilliance. Lego, First Love, All In Your Rows, About Your Dress, Toothpaste Kisses, The Real Thing - all excellent.

Sneer 02-23-2009 09:26 PM

There doing a gig at me local club on thursdee... wont be going though

adidasss 05-08-2009 10:49 AM

The new album is called Wall of arms, it leaked and it's very good if I do say so myself. Lives up to the lead single...catchy stuff. (:

adidasss 05-09-2009 06:45 AM

Ok, it's not only good, it's fucking great. One of the most addictive things to come out this year.

Here's the fantastic second single:

lavitabassa 05-09-2009 12:53 PM

i agree, their new album is amazing!

adidasss 05-11-2009 06:26 PM

Oh hiya!:wavey: I'm just letting you know that I've managed to rack up almost 400 plays of Wall of arms in the last few days, meaning it's now competing with Veckatimest as the most listened to album this year. Thank you, that is all. http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/c...wer/tiphat.gif

simplephysics 05-11-2009 06:32 PM

Alright adidasss, you sold me. Love You Better is a decent track, I shall look around for Wall of Arms.

adidasss 05-11-2009 06:35 PM

No need to look. PM...:D *has been waiting for the chance to force others to listen to it* :D

adidasss 05-11-2009 06:43 PM

Please to listen to Seventeen hands very loudly. It's got an amazing anthemic quality...God, I love this album. I shall be bumping this thread regularly until I get you all to like it...http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/c...wer/dreamy.gif

adidasss 05-18-2009 07:43 AM

Oh hey again. :wavey: Long time no bump. :) Here's a great little doc about the new album:



Best thing to come out of Britain in fucking yonks...http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/c...wer/dreamy.gif

DReills84 05-18-2009 07:58 AM

I think they are brilliant, I really love the fiirst album and No Kind Words is sublime! Goin to see them in Dublin this week, can't wait!

adidasss 05-18-2009 09:13 AM

I was hoping this album would at least do well in Britain (let's face it, British acts don't do well in the U.S. at all unless they're called Coldplay or Muse) but I see it peaked at 13 and then rapidly dropped to 33 in the album charts. I've read some of the reviews which range from exhuberant to lukewarm, representative of the latter being the one from drownedinsound which praises the album for the songwriting but goes on to cite the apparent similarity to Arcade fire as the major downside (seriously, apart from the voice in one or two tracks, this band has about as much to do with Arcade fire as do Franz Ferdinand) while at the same time neglecting to find the same fault in the much more obviously influenced and less than subtle lo-fi-fuzz-rock-bandwaggon second album of The Horrors (yeah stu, I know what you've been reading). It's almost a sure thing it's not going to get a positive review from Pitchfork (it's all about the lo-fi-crap-fuzz-rock peeps, and it has to come from the States) which would have aided in securing it a wider audience, particularly that across the Atlantic. It's a goddamn shame, because this album is definitely in the top three of this year for me, and although it is likely to get written off as just another British new-new-wave/Arcade fire tribute band, I'd go so far as to compare it with Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear in terms of songwriting quality, even if it is much more pop oriented. And what's more, unlike the aforementioned albums, this one doesn't have a single bad track on it as far as I'm concerned, which is a feat and I'd be pressed to remember when the last time such an album occurred.

DReills84 05-18-2009 09:35 AM

Here here!!
The only reason I can think they made the arcade fire quote is because some of the visuals in the ''No Kind Words'' video look like the cover art for Neon Bible, otherwise I can see no similarities strong enough to make such a comparison. Which leads me to believe that another reason they made the comparison is because they don't know what they're talkin about, which is a lot more likely!

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Originally Posted by adidasss (Post 661314)
i was hoping this album would at least do well in britain (let's face it, british acts don't do well in the u.s. At all unless they're called coldplay or muse) but i see it peaked at 13 and then rapidly dropped to 33 in the album charts. I've read some of the reviews which range from exhuberant to lukewarm, representative of the latter being the one from drownedinsound which praises the album for the songwriting but goes on to cite the apparent similarity to arcade fire as the major downside (seriously, apart from the voice in one or two tracks, this band has about as much to do with arcade fire as do franz ferdinand) while at the same time neglecting to find the same fault in the much more obviously influenced and less than subtle lo-fi-fuzz-rock-bandwaggon second album of the horrors (yeah stu, i know what you've been reading). It's almost a sure thing it's not going to get a positive review from pitchfork (it's all about the lo-fi-crap-fuzz-rock peeps, and it has to come from the states) which would have aided in securing it a wider audience, particularly that across the atlantic. It's a goddamn shame, because this album is definitely in the top three of this year for me, and although it is likely to get written off as just another british new-new-wave/arcade fire tribute band, i'd go so far as to compare it with animal collective and grizzly bear in terms of songwriting quality, even if it is much more pop oriented. And what's more, unlike the aforementioned albums, this one doesn't have a single bad track on it as far as i'm concerned, which is a feat and i'd be pressed to remember when the last time such an album occurred.


ikvat 07-28-2020 04:11 PM

Disbanded now. The Maccabees is one of my favourit English band of the 2010. They didn't have the success they deserved, but probably will become an iconic band in the futur

The Batlord 07-28-2020 04:37 PM

Only lily white dorks could use such a lame name.

adidasss 12-22-2020 10:59 PM

I just listened to their last album, which I hadn't heard. Nothing really stuck with me, same as the first album.

I still really love Wall of arms which I'd give maybe a 9/10 (although I love every song on the album). Also very fond of Given to the wild, which is a much more subdued experience, more romantic, quiet and sweet I would say, less jangly and anthemic than WoA. 8/10 for me. The first and last albums are ok but not much to hold on to.


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