Monday Music: The Maccabees

17 September 2012

I will be the first to admit that I tend to skip the “opening act” when concert-going.  Luckily, last night, I opted to give Florence + the Machine’s opening act, The Maccabees, a proper listen.

Before I could actually hear their jams, I was struck by The South London indie-rock band’s simple logo + font. I know, typography nerd-alert, but I really do think this image was carefully chosen to embed in my memory for later googling. It worked! I played Given To the Wild all day, and loved it so much I had to dedicate music monday to them.

Their album is all about the lyrics, so listen closely. Maybe it’s because we’re about the same age, but many of the Maccabee’s themes surround getting a little older and losing a sense of innocence. OK, so maybe just the former and less the latter.

Oddly enough, earlier this week, these boys were just nominated for The 2012 Mercury Prize  alongside twelve other albums that, “share a common sense of adventure, pushing music in fresh and dynamic directions.”  Two of the twelve nominations include OceanViolet Music Monday guests! Alt-J and Jessie Ware.  Do I call it or what?!

Pelican is my favorite of the album so far, but let me know which one you like best!  You can get the Given to the Wild  album  on iTunes.

“To have it all and still want more
One things for sure we’re all getting older
So we take a lover waiting in the corner
Before you know it, pushing up the daisies.”

PS – The Maccabees are also opening for The Black Keys — a seal of approval in any music book.

handsome + talented crew.

featured image: Artist Andy Goldsworthy’s Cairn sculptures adorns the cover of the Maccabee’s album.

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