See the Maccabees Play Webster Hall Tomorrow Night

June 12th, 2012

They’re all from South London, but the Maccabees have roots in Brighton. Originally Orlando Weeks (vocals) and Robert Dylan Thomas (drums) began making music together prior to meeting Hugo White (guitar). And just as quickly as the duo became a trio, the three-piece grew into a five-piece with the addition of Rupert Jarvis (bass) and Felix White (guitar and vocals). So when Weeks decamped to Brighton for art school, his bandmates followed suit. The school didn’t take, but the Maccabees (above, playing “Child” for 360 Sessions and, below, covering the Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy” for BBC Radio 1) did. Upon the release of Colour It In, with its catchy melodies, thick harmonies and heavy doses of guitar, the quintet began touring regularly with the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Bombay Bicycle Club. Somewhere along the way Sam Doyle replaced Thomas as drummer, but that didn’t change the band’s musical output. In fact the Maccabees’ third disc, Given to the Wild, came out this past winter. See them play Webster Hall tomorrow night.