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The Maccabees - Rockness

by Louise Harlow Rating: Release Date:

Having never before experienced The Maccabees' live, but been deeply impressed by armchair-bound transmissions of previous festival showings, their closing day set on the main stage is must on my Sunday itinerary.

Disarmingly polite (almost penitently thanking their crowd for persevering in the ever tenacious Scottish drizzle) and yet palpably intense, the South-Londoners owned the stage with the confidence presumably imbued by this year's headline NME tour slot. This is mirrored by the greater emotional intensity of the material that comprises last year's follow-up album Wall of Arms - the hazy love dedication of 'Toothpaste Kisses' has been replaced by the searing dismissal of 'No Kind Words' and the emotional punch of 'Love You Better'. Little of the album's intensity is dissipated in live delivery, and the incredible ranging of Orlando Weeks' vocals, by turns muted and then broken with feeling, are the perfect vessel for the darker concerns of the second album's material.

That said, however, the hour spent main stage in the company of The Maccabees was far from being a glut of misery. Having treated those in the know to an earnest impromptu two-song acoustic set in the Howard's End tent prior to their main stage slot, they are a band clearly enjoying being in their stride. A perma-grin Felix White, seeming to enjoy a private joke with one section of the crowd, mostly worked his guitar perched cheerily on his monitor, whilst Weeks ambled about the stage like a charming vagabond.

Bolstered by a three-piece brass n sax section, and having piqued the crowd with a snatch of 'Reptilia', The Maccabees round off their set with a rendering of 'No Kind Words' that pulses with antipathy. With a summer packed with international festival slots head of them, this is sure to be the season The Maccabees reap the rewards of their talents, and Rockness is grateful to be here for the warm-up.

Rockness photos by Louise Goodliffe and Dani Frisby.

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