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Maccabees' Roots manoeuvre

Orlando and Hugo update us on their collaboration with London rapper

  • 04/10/2009
  • Georgie Rogers
The Maccabees

We told you back in June at Glastonbury that Roots Manuva and The Maccabees were in conversation about doing something together.

We can now reveal, they have done a version of the band's first single, No Kind Words, from their second album Wall Of Arms.

"We reworked No Kind Words and he [Roots Manuva] did a vocal on it and it sounds amazing," guitarist Hugo White told 6 Music News.

They couldn’t give too much away yet thought, with Hugo adding: "It’s still a bit under wraps until we decide what to do with it."

The south London quintet kick-started their headline tour last week.

"We reworked No Kind Words and he [Roots Manuva] did a vocal on it and it sounds amazing."

Guitarist Hugo White

They've already played in Bristol, Birmingham and Norwich and last night (3 Oct) it reached Brixton Academy, where they played to about 5,000 fans.

The sold out show marked their biggest headline show to date.

The band admitted they have been long-time fans of Roots Manuva and when they met up with him, they said he lived up to their expectations.

"He [Roots Manuva] said to us: 'I remember the first gig I went to at Brixton, it was the Police. We were like, 'Wicked', and he goes, 'Yeah, the Metropolitan Police Brass Band'," said frontman Orlando Weeks laughingly. "He’s a sweetheart, a very cool guy."

The tour continues with dates in Nottingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Glasgow over the next week before they travel to Malawi to play at Lake of Stars festival, and then head off on tour in support of Editors.

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