hmv.com reviews... The Maccabees @ London's Coronet
The Maccabees previewed their as yet untitled fourth album at an intimate show in London last night (May 14th) and we were there to review it all...
The Maccabees. London fivesome currently readying their fourth studio album.
The Coronet, the crumbling theatre in the corner of Elephant and Castle.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was absolutely packed, with a crowd desperate to hear the new songs. They went even crazier for the older songs.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Tonight we get to hear five new tracks from the band's fourth record, the barrelling 'Kamakura', the gentle and lilting 'WW1 Portraits', the bombastic new single 'Marks To Prove It', the jagged 'Spit It Out' and the lilting 'Something Happiness'. The new cuts are heavier, more driving and a lot more powerful, but still with the same quirks and vocal softness that is the band's trademark.
The rest of the set is cut evenly between the bands' first three records, with early favourites like 'Latchmere' and 'Precious Time' greeted like old friends the crowd haven't seen for far, far too long, 'Wall Of Arms' is incredible, a bouncing 'Feel To Follow' is delivered brilliantly and 'Pelican', which closes the show, has turned into a proper anthem.
Any good between song banter?
No banter, a lot of apologising because it had taken lots of people ages to get in after there were massive queues. Then some chat about the new album, new chat, and a bit of geeing up. But no banter.
Did they put on much of a show?
There was a lovely backdrop with an arty picture of Elephant and Castle, which is where the band are based too.
What was the highlight of the set?
'Can You Give It' sounded incredible, but the place went craziest for early cut 'Latchmere'.
Where can I catch them next?
They've got a big old US tour and then a lot of festivals. You can find all the dates here.