Felix and Hugo White of The Maccabees have announced that they have formed a new band with their brother Will called 86TVs.
As Felix revealed today (July 15), the band played their first gig for friends and family from Omá in London last night, with new music and more live performances promised before the end of the year. Rounding out the band is Jamie Morrison on drums.
“I’ve been making records with my brothers for the last few years,” Felix wrote on Instagram along with footage from last night’s concert. “It took a second, but we’re finally happy with what our new band is…
“Yesterday we performed the songs for the first time in a room full of friends and family from Omá,” he said, “it was a really good moment. I had forgotten how much I missed him.
“Thanks to everyone here. Sometime this year there will be the first recordings and concerts…we can’t wait to share it with you.”
The Maccabees broke up in 2017 after releasing four studio albums. In a statement at the time, they said: “There has been no fallout and we are grateful to say that we have not left the group as a divisive force.”
Since then, Felix created the record label Yala! and contributed to several soundtracks, including the cricket documentary The Edge and the new film McEnroe, about legendary tennis legend John McEnroe, which opens in theaters today (July 15).
This week, White spoke to NME about five scores of films inspired by McEnroe’s work, which you can read about here.
Meanwhile, Hugo played guitar on stage with Jamie T for their performance on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury Festival last month.
Band leader Orlando Weeks released his second solo album, “Hop Up,” in January of this year.