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Friday, June 22, 2012
The Maccabees: Oasis Return Will Happen
Interview excerpts of Live4ever's interview with Maccabee's Felix White
As part of a new generation of bands which so embraced the benefits of the social network boom towards the end of the last decade, and in both witnessing and overcoming the new challenges which have been presented as the music world makes a seismic, seemingly permanent shift to the digital market, The Maccabees are perhaps more qualified than most to assess an industry which Garbage singer Shirley Manson recently described as being ‘a shell of what it once was’.
“Noel Gallagher made a really good point: especially in England it’s so consumer demand-driven. So even radio and stuff is based on polls. They play like 30 seconds of a song to a hundred people and if they go, ‘I like it, it’s catchy’ it stays on the radio. That is not how good music gets made. Like his point was that the public didn’t ask for Jimi Hendrix or ‘Sgt. Peppers…’ – they get given it, and you come round to it or you don’t. But music isn’t allowed to do that anymore, by the powers that be or whatever, which is a really sad thing. But you’ve got to try and fight the grain, you’ve got to try and make really good music and hope it finds its way.”
“The thing English music is missing is Top Of The Pops – when I was growing up you’d watch it every week, and you’d be so aware of what was in the charts, and you’d really decide what music was for you and you’d root for it. And that direct consciousness towards music and how it defines you is lost at the moment without shows like that.”
So is there room in these nostalgia-driven times for even more high profile returns? “I don’t think we need any more bands to come back,” says White. “There’s always a lot of talk about The Smiths, I don’t need to see that.”
But what of an Oasis return in 2015? “I reckon that would definitely happen,” he continues. “They all need each other, whether they like to admit it or not, they need each other. I think at the moment Noel is just making his point. That would be the anniversary of ‘…Morning Glory’ – it’s the first album I ever bought. Especially now in hindsight, Oasis were such a powerful band to have existed when you were a kid, because they taught you that you don’t have to be super talented to achieve something, you just have to have drive, anyone could do it. I like more music than Oasis now, but as a way in it’s incredible.”
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