The Maccabees are an indie rock outfit from Brighton, England, comprised of Orlando Weeks (vocals, guitar), Hugo White (guitar), Felix White (backing vocals, guitar), Will White (keyboard), Rupert Jarvis (bass), and Sam Doyle (drums). Debuting in 2004 with the You Make Noise, I Make Sandwiches EP, they scored a minor indie hit in 2006 with the post-punk influenced single Latchmere before inking a deal with the Polydor imprint (and former home of The Cure) Fiction Records.
The band released their debut album Colour It In in 2007, which spawned a number of catchy, cheerful singles filled with art-pop hooks and jangly guitars. Two years later they are a back with sophomore Wall of Arms, a record that shows a dramatic shift in tone. Leaving behind their upbeat early cuts, the group roped in producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Bjork, Coldplay) to add some of his brooding quality to the table. This resulted in a distinctly darker long player that will certainly please fans of Arcade Fire, Editors, and White Lies.