Photo: Anna Proffitt
Rock City, Nottingham
November 18 2015
Words: Izzy B
For the first night in Nottingham to kick off their ‘Marks To Prove It’ tour in support of their fourth album, The Maccabees couldn't be accused of not giving punters their moneys' worth. And none of the 2000-strong crowd could have been left anything other than satisfied by the end of the evening.
As they kick off with the title track from their first number one album ‘Marks To Prove It’, with the crowd springing into action as they huddle to the front, it is to be the first of a long set of 15 numbers - even before the four-song encore - that brought cheers, chants and appreciation from their steadfast fanbase, and a band who seemed more than happy to be back on stage again.
Running through songs that covered their four albums, from early material such as 'Precious Time', 'First Love', 'Toothpaste Kisses' from their 2007 debut album 'Colour It In', right up to, naturally, a large section of the set coming from their July album, including 'Kamakura', 'Slow Sun', 'WW1 Portraits', 'Spit It Out', 'Silence', 'River Song', and of course the sharp and edgy ‘Marks To Prove It’ title track itself - the band admitting that this was the debut of most of the latter material.
Brothers Felix and Hugo White shone on guitars and they danced and skipped about the Rock City stage, with the latter lending lead vocals to the tender piano-led 'Silence'. Orlando Weeks filled out his frontman job with full aplomb, creating waves of rousing applause at the start and close of each song.
Returning to the stage for an encore that concluded with the now almost standard Maccabees set closer ‘Pelican’, seeing a crowd unite in full dancing, surfing honour, it proved a worthy and fitting end to night one the Maccabees return, and auguring impressively for all subsequent nights.