The Maccabees have held a special place in many hearts since they began making music in 2004.
Today, thousands of fans are left with the sombre news that the band have decided to “call it a day”. The band posted a heartfelt letter to their fans earlier today. The letter communicates that the indie rockers have decided to leave the band behind on good terms, and that there has been no negative factors impacting on the decision made.
The London five piece included brothers Hugo and Felix White, Orlando Weeks, Rupert Jarvis and Sam Doyle. The band have said that they are “very proud to be able to go out on our own terms, at our creative peaks and off the back of the best and biggest shows we have ever done”.
The Maccabees debut single, ‘X-Ray‘was released back in 2005 and since then the band had four incredibly well received albums. 2007 saw the release of their debut album, ‘Colour It In‘. The Maccabees were instantly successful, with two singles from the album making it into the UK top 40, with the album itself charted at No.24. Included in the track list for ‘Colour It In’ was every hopeless romantics serenade, ‘Toothpaste Kisses’.
‘Wall of Arms’ was The Maccabees second album, which was released in summer 2009. ‘Wall of Arms’ saw also landed them a, landing them a No.13 spot in the UK albums chart. Due to this success the band made several appearances across the country in addition to the ‘Wall of Arms’ tour, including the Reading and Leeds Festivals, Newcastle/ Gateshead’s Evolution Festival and Little Noise Sessions. In 2010 the band also headlined the NME Awards Tour with Bombay Bicycle Club, The Big Pink and The Drums.
Their third album was released in early 2012, ‘Given to the Wild‘ reached No.1 in the midweek charts and No.4 in the UK album chart the week it was released. The Maccabees fourth and sadly, final album was released in July last year. ‘Marks to Prove It‘ reached No.1 in the UK Album chart upon release. In addition to this the band released three very successful singles from the album, ‘Marks to Prove It‘, ‘Something Like Happiness‘ and ‘Spit It Out‘.
Last month The Maccabees played their first headline slot at, Latitude festival. The audience were the ones lucky enough to see the band play at their peak before announcing they would go their separate ways. When being asked some questions about their headline slot Felix White said; “it only occurred to us a while ago that we haven’t had more than a week off in about 10 years as a band, so it feels like this is a nice place to stop for a bit and get a bit of our lives back.“
“Once again, especially to fans of The Maccabees, thank you for the countless good times that we will never forget. Take care and we will be in touch soon.” The letter to the fans states that “there will be some farewell celebration shows announced in the near future”, giving the fans something more to look forward to before it’s over for good.
This Maccabee’s article was written by Lauren Scott, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson.