Live Review: The Maccabees at The Leadmill, Sheffield. 21st February 2015

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After a long time away and the majority of 2014 spent in the studio creating what will become their 4th studio album, The Maccabees are well and truly back. Last year, they reemerged with a support slot for Kasabian in December but now they are playing on their own merit with their first headline show at Sheffield’s iconic Leadmill after that long break. As soon as the show went on sale, it sold out in hours and that capacity crowd were truly ready to have a great Saturday night creating a highly charged, excitable atmosphere running through the venue.

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Entering the stage to cheers and screams, they kicked straight into a set jampacked with their best songs to date as well as a few new, never heard before ones thrown in too. Tracks such as the anthemic ‘Wall of Arms’, the danceable rhythms of ‘Feel To Follow’ and the sing along classic ‘Love You Better’ were all played within the first 15 minutes making it a stellar start this brilliant set.

A mix of old favourites, ‘Latchmere’ and ‘Precious Time’, were set against new songs, ‘Kamakura’, ‘WW1 Portraits’ and ‘Marks To Prove It’, showing just how perfectly these new songs will fit into future Maccabees setlists once the new album is released. Those most recent songs received a great reaction from all, it is always risky playing songs from an album not yet released but the cheers and quick learning of the chorus to sing along are definitely good signs for their latest material.

The huge ‘No Kind Words’ was welcomed with deafening singing from the crowd and plenty of dancing before an encore of the hauntingly beautiful ‘We Grew Up At Midnight’ and their biggest single to date ‘Pelican’. On that tremendous note, the band left the stage after a successful reappearance to the music scene and I can safely say that it is truly wonderful to have these boys back.

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