My iPod #483: The Maccabees – Happy Faces

Orlando Weeks implores you to ‘run, boy, run’ throughout the ninth song on The Maccabees’ debut Colour It In, and it is hard to not follow his demands due to the sheer positivity and good vibes the track exudes. You ever have one of those times when you feel so happy that you have to show it by running through a field and embracing the vast space ahead, behind, and around you? This is very much the song that plays whilst that situation is happening.

Whilst the final notes of the previous track are in the midst of fading out to silence, the guitars of “Happy Faces” quietly start playing and slowly make themselves heard until the rhythm section begin and really give the track its momentum that is maintained for its duration. Lyrically, there’s not much to say. It’s about being happy for no particular reason at all. Just one of those days when that feeling comes to you. Well the first verse is. The second ones concerns the days when things aren’t going so well, the ones on which you reflect on what could have been different in the past. The serious tone is gone by the last line and from then on it’s back to the all-out excitement that was playing beforehand, climaxing in an almighty yelp of the song’s title by Weeks before the closing moments.

It’s cute. Very enjoyable.


Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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