The band - whose latest album Given To The Wild reached number four on the UK chart - insisted they have no idea how they achieved the feat when indie rock appears to be struggling.
Asked what their secret is, frontman Orlando Weeks told BBC Newsbeat: "I have no idea. I don't know if there is a secret thing we've done that other people forgot to do, or didn't do.
"Maybe it's like the fallow field. You've got to let it have a bit of time off so that when it comes back it has more to it."
Guitarist Felix White continued: "You don't hear as many indie guitar bands as you used to, or see as many around. But it doesn't mean they're not there.
"The great thing about guitar music is that it never really goes out of fashion."
Despite their recent chart success, The Maccabees said that they're not motivated by the opportunity of fame that comes with it.
White added: "We haven't tried to kid anyone. We've tried to do it with a certain degree of honesty and that feels good.
"In terms of success, fame and celebrities - who wants to be a celebrity? I don't think that's an incentive of anyone in the band. I enjoy the fact that more people are in to the band though - definitely."
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Watch the music video for The Maccabees' recent single 'Pelican' below: