Playing to a slightly older, and very British crowd, the Maccabees gave a lively, enjoyable and entertaining performance on Friday night at Capitol. It was great to see a true guitar band get up and get the crowd going the way The Maccabees did.
The band played tracks from all their albums, with a slight focus on their new material. Whilst the new songs from recently released Given to the Wild were well received, in particular the killer ‘Feel to Follow’ and ‘Forever I’ve Known,’ it was the older stuff that had fans most excited.
The crowd was obviously really enjoying the set, and were cheering enthusiastically the whole time. It was clear that many had been waiting a while, and were enjoying finally seeing the Maccabees at their first ever show in Perth. The band were seemingly loving every second of it as well, commenting on how good it was to finally play in Perth and stopping to thank their fans, and the people they have spent time with during their short trip over here.
The band left the stage all too soon for the crowd, who cheered hard whilst waiting for the nowadays compulsory encore. They played another few songs, including some of their older tracks from the excellent Colour It In, which clearly got the crowd going, especially ‘Precious Time,’ which had everyone singing along.
It was a great display of energy, passion, enthusiasm and obvious skill that was enjoyed by all.
The Maccabees new album, Given to the Wild is available at all good record stores, and also on iTunes.
By Nathanael Rice. Photography by Matthew Picken.