The Maccabees are getting better album by album, show by show and proving themselves as one of the best British bands of the last few years.

They open with 'Marks to Prove It', opening single and title track from their latest album, to a huge reception. The sound is beefed up, Orlando now on guitar as well as singing duties, they've recruited an additional drummer and trumpet player, as well as now regular piano player Rebecca Raa (check out her album Water as part of Rainer). It's playful and fun and the results of a band in their pomp. To jolt between what is almost two different songs, with a confidence, and dare I say swagger, shows a band on the top of their game. 'Feel to Follow' and 'Wall of Arms' embraces the extra band members the live show allows.

'Kamakura' and 'Ribbon Road', tracks from the latest album, were welcomed like fan favourites of old as the crowd singing along. On record they feel inverted with a gradual build, but here they take on lives of their own and enable Orlando to demonstrate his ever growing confidence and ability as a front man. Where once he shied away from the crowd, almost embarrassed, now he gets them involved by encouraging them to mimic his movements with the shimmering lights in conclusion of the song.

'Love You Better' is a beast with soaring vocals, despite best efforts of the exuberant throng to drown them out. Precious Time, the first song from Colour It In receives one of the biggest reactions of the night. The band encouraging a sing-along, Orlando could quite easily have walked off and taken a well-earned breather while the crowd sang back word for word, if not slightly out of time. However, it is 'Can You Give It' which brings out the biggest reaction from my wife's bump and while Brixton academy pogo as one, my unborn child is having a party of its own.

'Spit It Out' demonstrates the band they've become. They're not scared to let songs build, to grow and take on lives of their own. It starts quiet, swirling guitars and moody pianos, sounding like a song written at sea waiting for a storm to come. When the storm arrives it's as thrilling as anything else coming out of British music right now.

'Silence', a song by guitarist Hugo about the passing of his and fellow guitarist Felix's mum, receives maybe the biggest ovation of the evening from crowd and band members alike, and it's hard not to get goosebumps.

We're then hit with a 1-2-3 of past singles. 'Latchmere' is loved by the crowd, but considering the songs it has followed it really only demonstrates what the band have evolved into; instead of writing songs about childhood swimming pools and first dates they now do the gentrification of Elephant and Castle and relationships going sour. But that's why they're so important to so many. As fans, we have grown with the band and gone through the same experiences they provide the soundtrack for. 'X-Ray' still sounds as urgent as it does when it was released 11 years ago and 'No Kind Words' is as intense as ever.

Following three well-loved singles, the band end their set with 'Grew Up At Midnight' and 'Something Like Happiness'. 'Midnight..." sounding beautiful, and Orlando's vocals, I'd insert the heart eyes emoji here if I could! 'Something Like Happiness' only enhances the comparisons of them as a British Arcade Fire. With hands in the air, the song builds and builds to a massive crescendo, while 7,000 people sing back at them, and as the boys leave the stage, the chanting is still going on, not unlike 'Wake Up'.

'River Song' and 'WW1 Portraits' open the encore, both brooding and mean with Orlando's vocals letting loose followed by 'Toothpaste Kisses', a beautiful and cute contrast to the previous songs. Finally, regular set closer 'Pelican' triggers a mass mosh-pit as limbs flail throughout Brixton Academy. They leave, all smiles and waves, saluted one final time as the homecoming kings.

We've been treated to an absolute masterclass from a band who deserve to be recognised as one of the great British bands. The crowd exit into the Brixton night, singing 'Something Like Happiness', with everyone beaming from ear to ear.