As you can see from the post below, we like to keep our fingers on the pulse, to bring you, the reader, all the news on the latest bands. But, we have a confession to make. The Maccabees completely passed us by with their debut album Colour It In. We read about them, sure, but did we hear a note? No. Collectively, we hang our heads in shame.

Luckily, the band have given us a second chance and will be releasing a follow-up album, entitled Wall of Arms, on May 4th. The album was produced by Markus Dravs, who has worked with Bjork (yay!), Coldplay (boo!) and Arcade Fire (meh). It's the latter whose influence is most telling, not least because singer Orlando Weeks sounds unerringly like Win Butler. Luckily, they don't seem to be burdened by the 'look at me/don't look at me' dichotomy that makes Arcade Fire such utter bores.

This is the first single, 'Love You Better'.

Very nice video. There's another one for the album track 'No Kind Words' but it stars Matthew Horne and Lord knows his ubiquity needs curtailing. His visage will be decidedly absent on this blog.