Warm congratulations to London rock band the Maccabees, who have achieved their first No. 1 album in the UK, eight years after their chart debut, and nearly ten since the release of their first independent single. The group’s fourth album ‘Marks To Prove It,’ on the Fiction label, debuted at the top of the Official Charts Company survey last night (7).
“We are very proud that our fourth album has given us our first No. 1,” guitarist Felix White told the OCC. “Thank you so much to everyone that bought it and for staying with us all these years.” ‘Marks To Prove It’ beat off strong competition from critically-acclaimed British singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas’ second album ‘Blood,’ finishing the sales week 1,300 combined sales ahead.
The Maccabees’ first single ‘X-Ray’ came out on the Promise label in November 2005. After they signed to Fiction, their first UK chart showing came a year later with the single ‘First Love,’ which reached No. 40. They scored another top 40 success with ‘About Your Dress’ before their debut album ‘Colour It In’ reached No. 24 in May 2007.
Their sophomore album ‘Wall of Arms’ debuted at No. 13 in 2009, and 2012 brought their first top ten entry on that chart when ‘Given To The Wild’ arrived at No. 4. Their bestselling album to date, it went on to have by far their longest run, with 17 consecutive weeks in the top 100 and seven more thereafter. The new album hit the top despite the fact that the Maccabees are yet to have a UK top 30 single.
Listen to the Maccabees’ ‘Marks To Prove It’ album on Spotify