At first glance, one might assume that British indie-pop band The Maccabees could be some kind of Hebrew Klezmer outfit singing Hanukkah-themed songs all over the UK. But lead singer Orlando Weeks (great indie rock name) insists that the band was named after casually flipping through the Bible and picking out a random word and that religion isn’t part of the music these Brighton-based blokes create. Being half-Jewish myself, I’m still happy to see my people (or half of) repped on the indie rock scene, however unintentionally.
I’ve been a fan since their debut album, 2007’s Colour It In, and have been happy to see the band progress over the years with a few UK top hits, lots of opening gigs for bands like The Arctic Monkeys and headlining slots at the big festivals including Reading & Leeds. With their latest record, Given to The Wild, Weeks and Co. seem to have really fleshed out their sound, garnering both critical and commercial success. The album debuted at number four on the UK charts in early January and The Maccabees are embarking on their biggest European headlining tour this Spring. I just hope that their success carries them across the pond as well.
Their first single off of Given to The Wild is today’s feature song, ‘Pelican’ – not only an interesting water bird, but a proper pop jam that you all should start tapping your toes to immediately. Reminiscent of other big UK acts like The Futureheads, Bloc Party or Snow Patrol (their label mates) this Maccabees song has perfect driving guitars interspersed with airy vocals and upbeat repetitive verses that make for one catchy tune. The video is like some kind of 70’s trippy laser light show/science project that at once has you completely fascinated and totally confused. Ever wonder what a bowl of cereal, an alarm clock or a handbag would look like if bisected? Well, wonder no more – The Maccabees have got you covered. Take a look and a listen below and let me know if you also think The Maccabees are Brit Pop’s “chosen people.”
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