hmv.com reviews... The Maccabees @ Bristol Colston Hall
The Maccabees lit up Bristol last week and we were there to review them.
The Maccabees, the nicest guys in indie.
At Bristol's Colston Hall.
Any good supports?
Sheffield's finest Drenge have been doing the rounds in many high profile support slots this year and this one is no exception. With the maturity in their new material from the bewildering 'Never Awake' and 'Running Wild', it's only a matter of time before they'll be selling out venues like this themselves.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It's sold out tonight and whether they are standing on the floor or in the seated area at the back, everybody is on their feet dancing and singing along.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The set tonight consists of a lot of new material from their new album Marks To Prove It starting with the title track which builds and builds into an embodiment of glorious noise. The same goes for 'Feel To Follow' which is still one of the best things they have written to date. Orlando Weeks' soothing vocals perfectly compliment the wall of sound created from the band.
Whilst the newer songs may sound even bigger than the arenas they play in, the old favourites like 'Precious Time', 'First Love' and 'X-Ray' (released 10 years ago to the day) hark back the days of playing in venues like Bristol's Thekla. They still embody that sense of youthfulness and fun that filled their debut and from the reaction of the crowd, they do to.
'Love You Better' and 'Can You Give It' sees every member in full swing bouncing along to every note. But it's also the quieter moments that really make an impact. On new song 'Silence', guitarist Hugo White takes reigns of the vocals with a tone that is resonate of Conor Oberst from Bright Eyes fame.
The encore incites mass sing-alongs with 'Toothpaste Kisses', whilst set closer 'Pelican' has every single person on their feet; or off in the case of the crowd-surfers. It's almost irresistible to not wipe the grin off of your face tonight; that's how much joy these songs bring and how important this band are to their fans.
Any good between song banter?
No banter, but lots of thank yous and plenty of humble words, all lovely.
Did they put on much of a show?
A backdrop of their latest album cover hangs on the back along with a group lights that shine through it. The lights from an archway over the band illuminate the audience in a spectrum of colours and strobes.
What was the highlight of the set?
'Grew Up At Midnight' is the moment of the night that sends chills and makes the hairs stand on end. Played towards the end of the evening; it's a tender moment in comparison to the fast paced nature of the older material. It has a significant spine-tingling place in the new Steve Jobs film however live it translates into something even more special.
Where can I catch them next?
Unfortunately the tour has finished for this year, however after a brief stop in Australia at the start of the 2016 they are playing a series of huge gigs at Manchester's Albert Hall and Brixton Academy. If you don't already have a ticket, you owe it to yourself to go to these shows and catch one of the most invigorating acts out there today.