The Maccabees have been from London to Brighton and back, changing cities as their lives and music developed. The progression of their musical style can be seen in each new album they release, from the youthful simplicity of Colour it in (2007) to the more mature sounds of Wall of Arms (2009), filled with reflections on life, family and friends. Despite some criticism, their 2012 album, Given to the Wild, showed that the London lads had experimented with different sounds, but somehow still managed to keep the beauty and simplicity that is the Maccabees in songs such as ‘Ayla’. It’s full of emotion but has that same classic signature sound, showing the pure musical talent of the group. Now back in their native London, they have recorded their latest album, Marks to prove it (2015), in their Elephant and Castle studio. It’s not exactly the most serene setting to record an album, which seems to show through in the new electronic sounds created by the band. This time it’s even more raw, and a little angrier. It’s a long way from singing about wave machines, but it’s a strong album, guaranteed to fill Apolo with noise.
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