London five-piece The Maccabees had a lot to live up to when releasing their fourth album in July.
2012’s Given To The Wild turned them into Indie darlings, with critical plaudits heaped upon them.
An enthusiastic crowd filled Southampton’s O2 Guildhall on Tuesday night affirming that material from Marks To Prove It cements their position as one of the UK’s best live acts.
Opening with the title track of the new album there was little doubt these recent compositions possess a grit and urgency that works incredibly well outside the studio.
An early outing for crowd-pleaser Feel To Follow also helped stir the audience into a swell of excitement.
Predominantly lit by an arch of moving lights just above the band, their 90-minute set also included standouts Love You Better, Silence, and encore highlight Toothpaste Kisses.
Of particular note were the brass flourishes that tested the Guildhall’s much-improved sound as they pierced the wall of sound from the front of the room.
I wasn’t a dedicated fan before the show, but I’m impressed the band won me over with such ease during their concise set.
A swift return to the south coast would be welcomed by many I suspect.