This article is from 2009.
The new layout in independent record retailer Avalanche lends itself perfectly to an intimate instore gig. With young fans spilling onto Cockburn Street well before the music starts, by the time The Maccabees squeeze themselves onto the tiny stage the shop is literally at bursting point.
It’s a swift five song set to promote their magnificent second album, Wall of Arms, which showcases a new depth and dark underbelly to this Brighton by way of London five piece. And while the likes of ‘Toothpaste Kisses’ (from debut Colour It In) have a certain scrappy indie charm, there’s more depth to their new material such as ‘Love You Better’. There’s a punky urgency but also a shimmering grace, all drawn together by Orlando Weeks impassioned vocals.
More fan interaction, especially in these cramped quarters would have been nice to really turn this into an ‘event’, but with a show later the same night at Studio 24 it’s understandable that they may have been saving themselves. It’s just a shame they didn’t play ‘No Kind Words’ – their greatest song to date.
Avalanche Records, Edinburgh, Fri 1 May