A Double Dose of the Maccabees

February 13th, 2013

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 “Feel to Follow” 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 (stream it below), came out this last year, and now they’ve crossed the pond to tour North America, and you can see them tomorrow at The Bowery Ballroom and on Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg.