Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Lego - The Maccabees

July 2007 Edition - Track 13
Album: Colour it In (sample/purchase)
Label: Fiction, Polydor
Release date: May 22, 2007
Referral: Laura Webb - Music Supervisor for The Hills

This Brighton-based, but essentially born and raised in London band, released their debut full-length album Color it In earlier this year and are being compared to the likes of Bloc Party (who they toured with in the US) and the Futureheads. They may be riding the current wave of “off-kilter British art-rock” (as NME puts it) but there is something extremely endearing about their songs which are nostalgic and romantic in nature.

“Lego” which is featured on the July Foundtrack, reminds me of the days where I would eat just about anything, including my brother’s lego bricks (and his Transformers and Thundercats figures), and “Latchmere” could represent a rite of passage for any Brit that was forced to take swimming lessons in a skanky leisure centre (in case you wanted to know if I wrote this song it would be called “Copthall”). The thing about The Maccabees is they manage to keep creative control in all aspects of their releases and their solid friendship means that they’re just boys who wanna have fun – check out their signature home-made style in the video for Precious Time:

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