MUSIC can be a fickle master.
One minute you’re the hot new name on the indie pop scene, and the next you’re releasing your third album to a crowd wondering when the second one happened.
Brighton five-piece The Maccabees emerged in 2007 with album Colour It In. It managed to score the band both critical praise and a Samsung ad featuring Toothpaste Kisses.
Wall of Arms followed in 2009, but despite acclaim from the usual music mags and sites, it didn’t seem to make the same splash.
Cue a third — as yet untitled — album this year, and what follows is a date at the Arches on Wednesday.
All this might sound pessimistic, but remember — playing the Arches four years after your first release is hardly a fall from grace.
The emotionally-tinged lyrics of the original Maccabees songs are still affecting and sweet — the kind of song you’d hear on Gavin and Stacey and think was worthy of a download.
The new album promises a darker, emotionally-fraught sound — as emphasised by song titles like No Kind Word and Empty Vessels — a far cry from a song about the local swimming pool.
But above all, the show promises to be a mix of the two, perhaps balancing each other out — as vouched for by enthusiastic crowds at this year’s Reading and Leeds festival performances.
n The Maccabees play the Arches on Wednesday. Doors open at 7pm and tickets £15 from 565 1000. Ages 14 and above, and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.