Touring offers the obvious possibility of travelling, though constant gigging and the continuous press circuit mean bands very rarely get to see the sights. Thankfully, both White and Doyle have enjoyed “some good nights out in Dublin”, citing Whelan’s as a favourite spot. White even got to explore another side to his musical talents when given the opportunity to DJ in The Academy – will this be his next pursuit when The Maccabees tour comes to an end? “Have you heard us DJ though? We're kind of out of touch with what people even listen to in clubs anymore.” At White’s confession, Doyle desperately interjects to save face among the cool kids of the dance scene: “No, Felix, we're trying to get more gigs! Spread the word – we're great DJs.” So if you missed their raucous set at The Olympia, be sure to catch them spinning some delectable tunes at a club night near you.Diving into the subject of alternative careers on the back of White’s DJ confession, both musicians initially come up blank, though Doyle has a background in film and theatre that he would enjoy pursuing if time allows. White, conversely, doesn’t seem too keen to continue his foray into sociology that began his university experience, especially since he struggles to explain his long lost art. “Sociology is the study of society with application and reference to human behaviours in different topical contexts…” he trails off, leaving Doyle shaking his head and whispering the refrain “You’re just making that up.”With this challenge to flaunt his knowledge, so begins a rather odd digression as the interview further descends into laughter on Doyle’s end. “I could tell you stuff about Japanese business models compared to other business models... not business models but like how they treat... oh I've forgotten it now.” Though White attempts to explain himself further, it seems most of his time in sociology lectures gave way to daydreams of studios and stages. “I've literally come up with that now,” he concedes, before finally answering the initial question with tongue firmly in cheek. “If I did something else in my life I'd probably pick up a bit more of my own Japanese research on business models, just take that further.”If the sociological end of things doesn’t hold up, can we expect to see The Maccabees on tour forever? Probably not, according to White. “I can't see us rocking in our sixties,” he says, though he admits that the temptation to switch things up lies on the horizon. “I was super into the matching outfits. I'm trying to still get everyone to wear suits together, but I just can't organise that sense of cohesion with us.”White isn’t the only one upset with the lack of formal wear in their stage shows, as Doyle recalls a similarly dissatisfied fan of fancy. “I think it was in Berlin after Wall of Arms came out… the cover was by an artist by Boo Ritson where she literally covers you in paint, so we were all painted and photographed. This woman came up to me and said 'yes, I thought the concert was good but you didn't wear the outfits,' and I was like 'what outfits?' She said 'the outfits from the album'! I was like 'you think we get covered in paint every night?'”Though touring is often the great love easing its unsteady arms across a band’s career, musicians pressed for ‘fun’ backstage tales of debauchery can disappoint clamouring journalists. White namechecks Carrie Brownstein and her book Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl to illustrate that tour life is simply life on the road: equally as dull. “She was saying it's the worst thing trying to explain to people what it's like being on tour… It's based around trying to work out where you're gonna get food and how you're gonna sleep and getting hot water... just very basic things [but] people always want to get this thing out of you.”That said, the band do come armed with a set of favourite stories, one revolving around Doyle and the band’s old penchant for drinking before and after gigs. During a previous festival season where a pint provided not only some relaxation but refreshment from the blistering heat, Doyle passed out backstage donning a Led Zeppelin t-shirt. “Whilst he's passed out it becomes a bit of a photo opportunity,” White explains. “We start putting peanuts on his head, that kind of thing. He becomes a bit of a tourist attraction and people start taking notice.” Then divine intervention swoops in and lands Them Crooked Vultures backstage, the super group comprising Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and one John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin fame. White sees an unmissable opportunity as these stars align. “So I – in a fit of real drunken confidence – just bolt straight over to them and explain the situation that Sam was passed out there and it'd be great if we got photos with them.” And so, there exists in the universe a photo of Jones next to an unsuspecting fan. “They told me at around midnight when we left the festival,” Doyle shakes his head and casts a side-eye at his bandmate. “Very cruel.” So, is that the drummer’s proudest moment in his 12 years with The Maccabees? “No, not that proud of that one,” he sighs, before White pipes up, “It's my proudest moment.”Marks To Prove It is out now.