Single Review: The Maccabees - Kamakura

Last summer saw the indie five-piece, The Maccabees make their return with album, Marks to Prove It. They now release their fourth single from it with Kamakura.

The track starts out with soft drumming, soon joined by Orlando Weeks’ gentle and delicate vocals singing “God that girl goes graceful, wondering which way’s home.”

This gentleness runs throughout, apart from the choruses where the band really go for it. Weeks sings “He’s given a bloody nose to the best friend he knows, the only time he’s cried since he was seven years old” as the chorus erupts, before yet again calming almost like the calm after any fight would break out and be split up in a local pub on a Friday night.

The lyrics have an obvious feel of a drunken haze, waking up with very little memories of the night before, let alone memories of last orders.

The band have said the inspiration behind Kamakura was their recent trip to Japan and Weeks’ lyrics were particularly about kicking out time in high street pubs.

Q Magazine called Marks to Prove it their best album yet and this song is definitely more evidence of that.

A much calmer look at drunken antics and nightlife than that of Arctic Monkeys’ debut, but still as effective and enjoyable.

By Hollie Wilson

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