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The Maccabees are an indie rock band from London, UK. The line-up consists of Orlando Weeks (vocals), Hugo White (guitar), Felix White (guitar, vocals), Rupert Jarvis (bass) and Sam Doyle (drums).Read More...
Lead singer Orlando Weeks stated once that the band came up with the name by flicking through the Bible and picking out a random word. Despite adopting a name with religious connotations, he affirmed that none of the band are religious.
Debuting in 2004 with the You Make Noise I Make Sandwiches EP (released on Haircut Records), they released their first single X-Ray on Promise Records on November 28, 2005. Receiving just little significant exposure - some evening play on XFM London radio station - the band however scored a minor indie hit with their second post-punk influenced single Latchmere released in April 2006 on Fierce Panda Records.
Then inking a deal with the Polydor imprint (and former home of The Cure) Fiction Records the bands first studio album, Colour It In, was released on May 4, 2007 .
To date (late September 2007) they have released three (widely available) singles from the album (First Love, About Your Dress and Precious Time) with a fourth and final single Toothpaste Kisses released on October 8, 2007.
On May 4, 2009 the band released Wall of Arms, their second album. Preceded by the single Love You Better on April 27th. Markus Dravs, who collaborated in the past with artists such as Björk, Arcade Fire and Coldplay, produced the album. The album has been recorded in various cities including Liverpool and Paris, unlike their first long-player which was recorded in "dribs and drabs" like frontman Orlando Weeks said.
On January 9, 2012 the Maccabees released Given To The Wild, their third album. The band worked on the album at both Rockfield Studios in Wales and their rehearsal space in London's Elephant and Castle district, before decamping to Suffolk to finish the record.
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- LyricsCradle me, I'll cradle you
I'll win your heart with a woop-a-woo
Pullin' shapes just for your eyes
So with toothpaste kisses and lines
I'll be yours and you'll be
- LyricsFirst love, last love
Only love, it's only love
First love, last love
Only love, it's only love
Do you miss home?
- LyricsIt's just what all young lovers do
It's just what all young lovers do
I noticed you
You stood out like a sore thumb
The most beautiful sore thumb I'd ever seen
- LyricsPound for pound and cheek to cheek
Cheek paler than the lamp-light
Take me down to light the box
And play Super Scalextrics
You turn to this darkness
- LyricsShe's the flutter in my heart, the springs in my step
My empty head sees the lump form in my throat
The view in my mind's eye
My empty heart, heart, heart, heart, heart
In my heart, heart, heart, heart, heart
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