The Maccabees – Marks to Prove It


The Maccabees have returned with their fourth offering, almost a decade after the south London quintet first burst onto the UK’s indie radar. The result is an album shaped by the space in which it was created – namely a two-room studio in Elephant & Castle. The homage to the area is by no means latent; the album’s artwork depicts the brutalistic Michael Faraday Memorial, which stands stoically in the middle of the northern roundabout outside the Underground station.

The lyrics often allude to drinking – on ‘Spit It Out’ front man Orlando Weeks bemoans “There’s one to wash it down…”; ‘Kamakura’ mentions “Drinking when you’re drunk” and ‘Dawn Chorus’ tells of a person who “…swigs a bottle” – perhaps capturing a darker side to city, or perhaps suggesting the band’s reaction to inhabiting a seemingly claustrophobic recording space, again reinforcing the influence of Southwark’s most notable road junction.


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