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Album Review

One of the few guitar bands to overcome the general apathy toward the British indie scene of late, South London-based five-piece the Maccabees achieved their first Top Ten hit with their critically acclaimed third album, Given to the Wild, an intelligent blend of experimental rock and multi-layered cinematic pop said to be inspired by acts as diverse as Kate Bush, the Stone Roses, and David Bowie. Produced by the likes of Tim Goldsworthy (LCD Soundsystem, Massive Attack) and Cenzo Townshend (Kaiser Chiefs, New Order), the follow-up to 2009's Wall of Arms includes the singles "Pelican" and "Feel to Follow." ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

when Britpop grows up....a little, but not too much

The Maccabees had two previous releases that many describe as "raw" or other such young band descriptions. Rightfully so. In an age of digital downloads and pay per song, many bands stopped concentrating on making a full album, again, rightfully so...sorta. Given to the Wild brings back that album approach with eery fluidity. Is it more produced than their previous? of course it is. Is it over produced? not at all! The band has graduated beyond simple pop chord progressions, boy/girl crush and head trips, and swimming in lanes at the local community pool. Orlando Weeks thoroughly expresses his Orbison style vocals, while picked and strummed guitars bring all sorts of beautiful noises, thumping, moody basslines, and drums that are reminiscent of one of power pops best drummers ever, Bruce Gary. Nice job big ups go to The Maccabees, now get the hell out to the states for a club tour!


I am a big fan of their first album. It was fun and loud! This albums is entirely different and wonderful in its own right. I listened to this entire album on a road trip from Texas to California. It was a great listen while riding through the desert at night.

Nicely done

These boys give me a lot of feelings. I've been a fan since WALL OF ARMS (which is sadly not available here on iTunes) and they never disappoint. I'm incredibly impressed with the craftsmanship of their numbers and the heart they put into each and every song. They are also the nicest group of guys and man, they are just so easy on the eyes. Some favorites -- Pelican, Feel to Follow, Heave, Go.


Formed: 2004 in South London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hailing from South London, kinetic indie rockers the Maccabees formed in 2004 around vocalist Orlando Weeks, guitarists Hugo and Felix White, bassist Rupert Jarvis, and drummer Robert Dylan Thomas. The group's first single, "X-Ray," was released on Promise Records in November of 2005, and thanks to a strong XFM-Radio showing, the Maccabees were able to garner opening spots on an Arctic Monkeys tour. Fierce Panda picked up the second single, "Latchmere," issuing it in the spring of 2006. The band's...
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