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SJM Concerts & Live Nation Presents
Some things in life deserve not to be rushed. Though 86TVs are about to share their debutalbum with the world–and album that fizzles and crackles with all the excitement andinventiveness of a group in their first flush of creativity–thepath thatled them herestretchesback over five years.Back to 2017, whenSouth Londonindie rock heroesThe Maccabees calledit a day after 14 years together.One of the only groups in history to have ever bowed out at theabsolute pinnacle of their game,the band had just scored a number one album, won an IvorNovello Award and headlined their first festival.Yet, they felt they’d taken the group as far as itcould go andoverthree sold-outcelebratorynights at London’s Alexandra Palace,they badefarewell.As thefinal noteof the final showrang out,The Maccabeestook a bow and walked offstage,leaving on a high.Time to move on to pastures new.“I remember after that Ally Pally gig genuinely feeling like,‘I’m good, I’m done...’”remembersguitarist Hugo White.“’...It’s been an incredible thing, but I’m actually just happy to leave ithere.’”After such an emotional climax to a successful career, youmightassume they’d needa bit ofdowntime to rest and reflect, butwithin days,Hugo, his brother andMaccabeesbandmateFelix, and their young sibling Will, a songwriter and guitaristonhis own solo project BLANc,werebackin the studio, doing what they’dalwaysdoneeversince they were kids:making musictogether.“I don’t think there was really a time where we ever actually stopped making music,”says Hugo.“We still had a studio,sowe started going in twice a week and just playing together, the three ofus.”Perhaps for the first time since they were teenagers, however, theywere making music simplyfor the pure joy of doing it. Though the brothers had long talked about forminga band togetherone day, this wasn’t a band: they were just playing. There was no agenda, no pressure, nodeadlines, just the music.Yet, itwasn’t until thetheyinvited Jamie Morrison down to one of the sessions, a drummerthey’d known since his days in The Noisettes, that it dawned on them that this perhaps wasn’tjustthree brothers having fun in the studio, that there was something specialgoing onhere.“It wasn’t until Jamie came in that it started to feel like something,”remembers Will.“Weweren’t even writing songs, it was just instrumental music with an idea that maybe we’d do asoundtrack or something.As soon as Jamie came in itstarted to gel. We suddenly thought: whydon’t we write some songs?”“Jamie coming in and believing in it is what made it,”agrees Felix.
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