Ah the The Maccabees - their last 2 albums blew me away so is their latest offerings in Given To The Wild worth listening to? Their approach on this new album saw the group work in a new way, splitting songs into sections and email them back and forth to each other. This ontop of bringing in DFA’s Tim Goldsworthy meant the brighton group were determined to push and expand their current sound… so did they? Yep. Undoubtedbly.

Journeying from echosphere’s of sound holding the most intimate of teritories to the punchy soaring choruses found in several of the tracks – the album re-affirmed every reason I was a fan of these young genius. In a recent interview, Lead singer Orlando Weeks described how the band were now in a place where they had discovered how to make the more unusal sounds on the album themselves rather then relying on producers and technitions to manipulate it for them and for me this adds an undertone of authenticity throughout.

At the time of writing, the Given To The WIld is sitting on the #1 spot in the UK Midweek album charts so I’m not going to bore you with a track by track run down – but here’s my favourites which should give you enough reason to go out and purchase the album!

 

The Maccabees – Pelican (next single) 

The Maccabees
Pelican Album Version.mp3
The Maccabees - Pelican Album Version.mp3

The Maccabees – Ayla

The Maccabees
Ayla Album Version.mp3
The Maccabees - Ayla Album Version.mp3

The Maccabees – Pelican

The Maccabees
Pelican Album Version.mp3
The Maccabees - Pelican Album Version.mp3

Buy Album UK

The gents are also on tour – click more to see the dates

 

SAT 21 JAN 2012 SHEFFIELD LEADMILL
SUN 22 JAN 2012 ABERDEEN LEMON TREE (14+ UNDER 16′S WITH ADULT)
MON 23 JAN 2012 GLASGOW QMU (14+)
TUE 24 JAN 2012 LONDON KOKO
THU 26 JAN 2012 LONDON BRIXTON ACADEMY (14+ UNDER 16′S WITH ADULT)
FRI 27 JAN 2012 BIRMINGHAM INSTITUTE (14+ UNDER 16′S WITH ADULT)
SAT 28 JAN 2012 MANCHESTER RITZ (14+ UNDER 16′S WITH ADULT)
SUN 29 JAN 2012 NEWCASTLE ACADEMY (14+)
WED 8 FEB 2012 AMSTERDAM PARADISO
THU 9 FEB 2012 BRUSSELS BOTANIQUE / ORANGERIE
FRI 10 FEB 2012 PARIS LA MAROQUINERIE
SUN 12 FEB 2012 MILAN MAGAZZINI GENERALI ((10:15 CURFEW) )
MON 13 FEB 2012 MUNICH BACKSTAGE HALLE
TUE 14 FEB 2012 VIENNA FLEX
WED 15 FEB 2012 COLOGNE GEBAUDE 9
THU 16 FEB 2012 HAMBURG UEBEL & GEFÄHRLICH
SAT 18 FEB 2012 STOCKHOLM DEBASSER SLUSSEN
SUN 19 FEB 2012 COPENHAGEN VEGA
MON 20 FEB 2012 BERLIN FESTAAL KREUZBERG
SAT 3 MAR 2012 DUBLIN ACADEMY
SUN 4 MAR 2012 BELFAST SPRING & AIRBRAKE
MON 5 MAR 2012 EDINBURGH PICTURE HOUSE
WED 7 MAR 2012 MIDDLESBOROUGH TOWN HALL
THU 8 MAR 2012 NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY
FRI 9 MAR 2012 BRIGHTON DOME
SAT 10 MAR 2012 LEEDS O2 ACADEMY
MON 12 MAR 2012 LIVERPOOL ACADEMY
TUE 13 MAR 2012 BRISTOL ACADEMY
WED 14 MAR 2012 NORWICH UEA
FRI 16 MAR 2012 SOUTHAMPTON GREAT HALL (GUILDHALL)
SAT 17 MAR 2012 CARDIFF UNIVERSITY GREAT HALL
SUN 18 MAR 2012 WOLVERHAMPTON CIVIC
MON 19 MAR 2012 CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE

 

Related items: