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The Maccabees’ Felix White openly discusses 'emotional' final shows


The Maccabees guitiarist Felix White has promised that the band will ‘go out as they started’ as the band close in on their final ever shows this weekend.

Last year the band decided to call it a day after 14 years together, announcing plans to bid this much-loved band a proper farewell with three shows at London’s Alexandra Palace and two at the Manchester Apollo which are scheduled for this summer.

The Maccabees play their final ever at London’s Alexandra Palace on Saturday evening.

“It is going to be mad, and it’s so surreal that I haven’t really considered it yet, but we will be spending quite a lot of time together,” White told Beats 1‘s Matt Wilkinson while discussing their plans for Saturday night: “We’ll probably be arguing together in soundcheck to be honest with you, true to form. You’ve got to go out as you started.

“Just because of the fact that it’s the end, it’s kind of alleviated any of the previous tension that used to be around us and around gigs, because we always used to be trying to move somewhere or get better,” he said. “These have just been a ‘let’s just celebrate how great we are’, letting us think that. It’s been an amazing thing, it’s very emotional.

“I would say so, we haven’t made a film like LCD Soundsystem, put it that way. I would draw a line under it,” he added when as if it was really the end for the band.

End of an era: 

Meanwhile, White has hinted that he could be ready to start a new band once the forthcoming finale shows have passed.

“I’ve been making music, I’ve just trying to work out where it’s going to land,” White previously said. “I’m always making music, me and my brother are always making music together as we did in The Maccabees, so whether that’s going to be a band or not… I’m open to ideas basically.”

“I’ve definitely got an itch to make some music, but [The Maccabees] was like 15 years of our lives so I’m just giving it a moment to work out what’s next rather than being like ‘I’ve got another band,” White continued.

“The guitars are characteristically Maccabees [on the new material] – I’m the guitarist, you know what I mean? Everything else that I’ve heard is different to any music that we’ve done before, so we’ll see where it lands mate. It’s exciting.”

Aside from the news of new material from the guitarist, White has revealed how his busy schedule has expanded with plans going swimmingly on his new club night and label, ‘YALA’.