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The Maccabees Interview

The Maccabees have just released their second album ‘Wall Of Arms’. The album headed straight into the Top 20 on the back on first two singles ‘No Kind Words’ and ‘Love You Better’. Norwich Gigs caught up with singer Orlando Weeks.

What was the main influence on the new album?

For me, it sounds like a mix of what we have all been listening to. There’s not as much Public Enemy in there as Felix would like to think there is. There’s definitely a bit of Orange Juice and a bit of grandiose folk music. I was listening to a lot of Crooners as far as vocals were concerned, people like Roy Orbison and Richard Hawley. Over the last few years I really can’t figured out that I can get away with that style of singing.

Was there a lot of pressure on the band making the second album, following the critical success of ‘Colour It In’?

There was only really pressure from ourselves. We wanted to make something better, and a step onwards for us in every possible way. We wanted to feel that we had made the most of the opportunity given to us, and we all feel like we have.

What was the plan behind the artwork for ‘Wall Of Arms’ (the 80’s style painting)?

I didn’t think me trying to design the artwork again or trying to figure out what I wanted was going to be as good as what Boo Ritson could do. Boo Ritson is such a good artist. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out, especially on the 12” where it looks the business.

How do you feel about people buying downloads of albums rather than buying the package of artwork which you’ve spent a lot of time on?

I think it gives people options. If you want to buy the real thing, which I always do, then do it. If you want to give listen to music on an i-pod, that fine. Not everyone gives a fuck about artwork. That’s understandable, and each to their own. I like having a physical thing, and I think it will mean record companies will have to devote more time to artwork, to get people to buy the physical product. I think record shops will survive because they’ll need an outlet. It would be a massive shame if vinyl faded again. I think records are a chance for bands to show a more complete aesthetic.

Following on from ‘Toothpaste Kisses’ being used to advertise Samsung, how do you feel about some people coming to see you just because of that one song?

I think it’s odd that some people come and see us just because of that song. But if they come and that’s the only song they like then it doesn’t matter. It’s a good inroad to us, some people will come and see us because of that song, and then get into the rest of our music. Our music varies, even on the new record I don’t think it’s very samey.

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