Single Review: The Maccabees – Pelican

By on Tuesday, 22nd November 2011 at 12:00 pm

The Maccabees recently finished up their ‘return’ tour of the UK in early November, which was the first time in a long while the Brighton band had brought their frenetic sound back to the fold. It may be hard to believe if you still have the bouncy melodiousness of ‘Love You Better’ in your head, but it’s been nearly 3 years since their second, ‘Wall of Arms’, which received critical acclaim across the board including 4 stars from the Fly, Gigwise, the Guardian and the Observer. So this new album, ‘Given to the Wild’ to be released on the 9th of January 2012, has a lot to live up to.

The beginning of the teaser, ‘Pelican’, will remind American readers of ’80s Boston band the Cars. Overall, the song is of a similar vein to ‘Love You Better’, but more in your face. It appears they’ve decided to evolve into a cross between the Beach Boys (tight harmonies) and Two Door Cinema Club (frenetic guitar). This is kind of odd, considering Tim Goldworthy (aka one of the head honchos of DFA Records) produced their album. Where is the dance vibe?

The sound of this song is unsettling to say the least, and mostly because the driving rhythm doesn’t let up throughout the entire track (I’m not counting the 20-second bridges). This is the kind of track you will either love or hate. It’s essentially got the same riffs going all the way through; think about Jet’s ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl?’ – you either love the same rhythm over and over again or you don’t and you wish that song could be shot and buried forever. The lyrics are also repeated, fired off like a machine gun and sounding like a nervous tic. Unfortunately for me, I’d have to file ‘Pelican’ under the ‘truly annoying’ file.


The single release information is not readily available, but do watch for the new album to come out on 9 January 2012.


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