The Maccabees

The Maccabees
Origin London, England
Genres Indie Rock
Years active 2004–present
Labels Fiction Records
Fierce Panda Records
Website Official website
Orlando Weeks
Hugo White
Felix White
Rupert Jarvis
Sam Doyle
Past members
Robert Dylan Thomas

The Maccabees are a indie rock band from London, England. They have released two albums so far, Colour It In in 2007, with a follow-up, Wall of Arms, released on 4 May 2009. A third album Given to the Wild is scheduled for a release date of 9 January 2012.



The band came up with the name by flicking through the Bible and picking out a random word and not from taking the name of the already established Thanet band.[1] Despite adopting a name with religious connotations, lead singer Orlando Weeks has more recently affirmed, in an interview on Steve Lamacq's BBC Radio 1 show, that none of the band is religious. Their lyrics often include an atheistic theme, in particular their second album's title track, "Wall of Arms".

Colour It In (2007-2009)

Their debut single, "X-Ray", was released on Promise records on 28 November 2005, and received some evening play on London radio station Xfm London. They received little significant exposure, however, until six months later, when they released their second single, "Latchmere", the subject of which is the wave machine at the Latchmere Leisure Centre in Battersea, South London,[2] on Fierce Panda Records in April 2006. This was championed by Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq and received airtime on MTV2. The video, directed by Hugh Frost and Samuel Bebbington, also proved an internet hit after it was posted on YouTube.

The band are currently signed to major label Fiction Records, and released their début album Colour It In in May 2007. Because an early copy of the album appeared on the New York Times website, Colour It In became available to download exclusively from iTunes on 16 December, before its physical release on 14 May, in an effort to combat the leak. The single "First Love" was their first to chart in the UK top 40, and was followed by "About Your Dress", which peaked at #33. Their album fared much better, which was released to positive reviews, and charted at #24. They then toured the USA with fellow indie group Bloc Party. A full UK tour followed from October 2007, culminating in a sell-out show at the Roundhouse venue in London.

During late 2007, Samsung used the track "Toothpaste Kisses" in its advert campaign for its SGH-G800 mobile phone.

Wall Of Arms (2009-2010)

On the run-up to the release of their second album, the band played two new songs to Steve Lamacq on his "In New Music We Trust" show on Radio 1 in [May 2008, "No Kind Words" and "Young Lions". The band also played a string of small venues in the UK to test out new songs, in March and April 2008. The Maccabees performed at Offset Festival in London as well the Underage Festival in August 2008.

On Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show in February 2009, Felix confirmed the name of the follow-up album to be Wall of Arms, an announcement that coincided with the release of the free downloadable track, "No Kind Words". On 16 March, Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq played the band's first single from Wall Of Arms entitled Love You Better, the video to which was posted exclusively on on 27 March.[3]

Wall of Arms was released on 4 May 2009. It entered the UK albums chart at No.13 and received positive reviews with the NME giving the album 8/10.[4] At the end of the year, Artrocker made the album joint No.1 Album of 2009 along with Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "It's Blitz!".

The band performed at NewcastleGateshead's Evolution Festival on 25 May 2009. They finished their set with "Love You Better". They played before The View and after Little Boots on the Spillers Wharf Stage.

In July 2009, second single "Can You Give It" was released. The Maccabees invited the Dodworth Colliery Band[5] of Barnsley to record a rousing brass version of the single for the B-side.[6] The Guardian interviewed Orlando and Felix during the recording session.[7] The accompanying video[8] for "Can You Give It" was filmed at the infamous Coopers Hill annual cheese rolling race[9] in Gloucestershire.

Other performances in 2009 include Reading and Leeds Festivals on Friday 28th and Saturday 29 August respectively and Little Noise Sessions on 16 November.

On 3 October 2009, the five-piece band played a gig at Brixton Academy to finish off their Wall Of Arms tour. The band pulled in a huge crowd for their homecoming show at the O2, as well as a brass section for many of their songs as they performed their entire 2009 album and a host of tracks from their 2007 debut Colour It In. During the set Felix White declared the Academy as 'the best venue in the world'.[10] The Guardian ran a five star live review of the gig.[11]

In November 2009, The Maccabees collaborated with rapper Roots Manuva on a heady re-working of Wall of Arms album track and live favourite "No Kind Words". The track, newly titled "Empty Vessels", features new lyrics and vocals from fellow south Londoner Roots. It was debuted on Zane Lowe's evening show on Radio One on 11 November. The single release of "Empty Vessels" was made available on iTunes from 24 November 2009 on Fiction Records.[12]

The Maccabees were named as headlines for the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2010 with Bombay Bicycle Club, The Big Pink and The Drums in February 2010.[13]

Given to the Wild (2010-)

The Maccabees debuted new song "Child" in Brighton in August 2010, as well as playing the Main Stage at the Reading & Leeds festival 2010, debuting new song titled "Forever I've Known", displaying what seems to be a darker, deeper sound for the band.

The Band played new songs "Child", "Feel To Follow", "Pelican", "Ayla", "Went Away", "Forever I've Known" and "Grew Up At Midnight" at The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth on Monday 9 August 2011.

On 4 October 2011, the band announced via their blog that their third album, Given to the Wild, will be released 9 January 2012. [14]

Band members

  • Orlando Weeks – Vocals and Guitar
  • Hugo White – Guitar
  • Felix White – Backing Vocals and Guitar
  • Rupert Jarvis – Bass
  • Sam Doyle – Drums



List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales, and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Colour It In 24 -
Wall of Arms 13 65
Given to the Wild TBC TBC


Title UK
2005 "X-Ray" 147 Colour It In
2006 "Latchmere" -
"First Love" 40
2007 "About Your Dress" 33
"Precious Time" 49
2008 "Toothpaste Kisses" 70
2009 "No Kind Words" [free download] - Wall Of Arms
"Love You Better" 36
"Can You Give It?" 129
"Empty Vessels" -


Name (label) EP Release Date Chart Position
You Make Noise, I Make Sandwiches (Haircut Records) August 2004 -
Toothpaste Kisses (Fiction Records) 10 October 2007 70


  1. ^ "Talking Shop: The Maccabees". BBC Entertainment. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
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  6. ^ "Download the Maccabees and the Dodworth Colliery Band". The Guardian (London). 8 July 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Barton, Laura (7 July 2009). "Where there's Maccabees there's brass". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
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  11. ^ Gittins, Ian (5 October 2009). "The Maccabees". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
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  15. ^ "UK Charts > Hard-Fi". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  16. ^ "Irish Charts > Hard-Fi". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  17. ^ "UK chart positions". Retrieved 14 January 2009. 

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