THE MACCABEES – Latchmere (CD Single)

Latchmere CoverFierce Panda NING180CD: 10th April 2006
1. Latchmere
"Came out of the changing rooms and absolutely sod all had changed"
2. Bicycles
"The quickest route to Paradise, is a short commute to Paradise"
3. Happy Slap
"I'd have a happy slap, I'd have a heart attack"

'Latchmere' is an ode to swimming pools, which is quite an odd subject to tackle. With shouts of "Stay in your lanes" it's also about rebelling against authority. The shouts of "Latchmere's got a wave machine!" sound like joyous calls to throw off the shackles of oppression and go have a splash around. Musically it sounds similar to Bloc Party but with more of a pop touch. This is truly bizarre and all the better for it.

'Bicycles' has been available for a while under the title 'Bicycle Rush' (I've added a link above). It's about people being disillusioned with a poor Train service and switching to Bicycles. Again it's another weird and wonderful pop gem.

'Happy Slap' isn't as good by a mile, it's just fairly bog standard art-rock. However, the other two are fantastic and with their seemingly mundane subject choices they've turned lead into gold.

Colour It In

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2 Comments to “THE MACCABEES – Latchmere (CD Single)”

  1. nice one 🙂 i tried this artist and like them. never heard before.

  2. X-Ray/Lego was their 1st single on Promise Records. I think Latchmere is better though. Thanks for the feedback!

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