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The Maccabees guitarist Felix White hints at potential new band


Felix White, the guitarist and songwriter of The Maccabees, has hinted that he could be ready to start a new band once the forthcoming finale shows have passed.

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.

White, who is the man behind the iconic sound of the Maccabees guitar, revealed that he has been making new tunes away from the band and could release the material after the eagerly anticipated summer shows.

“I’ve been making music, I’ve just trying to work out where it’s going to land,” White told NME. “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’.

“I’ve started a record label, among other things. Amongst the wake of The Maccabees falling apart, I had this realisation that the labels that informed our band, and the nights and those kind of scenes in London don’t really exist any more,” he continued.

“So given that we own our own studio, we’re building this in-house thing called YALA – which has had regular club nights, we’re putting out Magic Gang’s single, we’re trying to build our own place that joins the dots for bands that are great but don’t necessarily have the opportunities they would have done 10 years ago, you know.”

Maccabees Live:
27th – Manchester, O2 Apollo
28th – Manchester, O2 Apollo
29th – London, Alexandra Palace
30th – London, Alexandra Palace

1st – London, Alexandra Palace