The Maccabees story began four years ago. Orlando Weeks (vocals, 23), Hugo White (guitars, 20), Felix White (guitar, 22), Rupert Jarvis (bass, 20) and Robert Dylan Thomas (22) all grew up in South London, near Clapham Common. The area is better known for drum&bass and dubstep than guitar music. It was inevitable that their paths would cross.
Despite living in Brighton, The Maccabees are just as much a London band. They’re quick to point out that they’ve spent 18 years in the latter and only two in the former. As such they count Londoners such as Good Shoes and Jamie T as their peers. It’s not just a location thing. Like the aforementioned, The Maccabees creativity extends beyond music. They don’t just write songs; they oversee the whole package artwork, videos, the album tracklisting, everything. “I think that’s why people like us” says Orlando. “Because there’s a lot of passion and we genuinely care about what we do. Orlando has designed the record covers and their friends have directed their early videos so it’s obvious they’re much happier with people they know rather than hired help that they don’t.
The band says they don’t have control over their music that the songs just come out that way. What the Maccabees want most of all is to make people feel special. “We get kids at the front of our gigs and they look at us the way I used to look at bands”, says Felix. “You can just see it in their eyes. It means something to them. And that means something to us”.
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