The Maccabees say they owe their continual career – in part at the very release – to some very unusual but useful advice from Richard Hawley.
The band discuss their career and latest album Marks To Prove It with Q’s Matt Mason in our new issue, out in print and on digital tomorrow (25 August), and they recall how the Sheffield crooner was waiting in their dressing room to deliver his words of wisdom before they made third album Given To The Wild.
“He said, ‘Right lads, I’m going to give you two bits of advice’,” recalls frontman Orlando Weeks, explaining that the singer had hugged the whole band in one go before advising them on giving their career some longevity via a colourful metaphor.
“The first was,‘Stay away from cocaine!’,” says Weeks. “The second was, ‘There’s a daddy bull and a baby bull in the top field, looking down at a field of heifers. “The baby bull says, ‘Dad, I’m going to run down and have one of those heifers.’ But the daddy bull says, ‘No, we’re going to walk down there and have all the heifers.’ With that, he unhugged us and strode out of the room.”
Get Q351 now for the full interview, including the band’s other strange meetings with rock’n’roll royalty, the making of their recent, Number 1 album and much more.