Since 2006 Maybeshewill have released four full-length albums of towering, cinematic instrumental music. After a decade long career that saw them tour across four continents they bowed out in 2016 with a sold out show at London’s Koko. Having reformed briefly in 2018 at the request of The Cure’s Robert Smith for a show at Meltdown Festival, 2021 sees the band return with their first new material since 2014’s Fair Youth. Having worked on ideas separately in the intervening years, it was the sketches of music that would become ‘No Feeling is Final’ that pulled the band back together. Building on the songs that they felt needed to be heard, together.
‘No Feeling is Final’ was born from a place of weary exasperation. From the knowledge that we’re living in a world hurtling towards self-destruction. We watch as forests burn and seas rise. As the worst tendencies of humanity are championed by those in power; rage, fear, greed and apathy. We see every injustice, every conflict, every catastrophe flash up on our screens. We stay complacent and consume to forget our complicity in the structures and systems that sustain that behaviour. As the world teeters on the edge of disaster, we sigh and keep scrolling, the uneasy feeling in our stomachs eating away at us a little more each day.
However easy it would be to switch off and pretend all is lost, there’s no choice but to remain engaged. To set that feeling of hopelessness aside and use the fear and frustration as fuel to make something positive.
‘No Feeling is Final’ is a message of hope and solidarity. It’s a story of growing grassroots movements across the world that are rejecting the doomed futures being sold to us, and imagining new realities based on equality and sustainability. It’s a reckoning with the demons in our histories and a promise to right the wrongs of the past. It’s a plea to take action in shaping the world we leave for future generations. It’s a simple gesture of reassurance to anyone else struggling in these troubled times: “Just keep going. No feeling is final.”
Continuing and building on the self-sufficient, do-it-yourself ethos that has been core to their existence, ‘No Feeling is Final’ was once again recorded and produced by bassist Jamie Ward, and released on the bands own Robot Needs Home Collective Label, in collaboration with close friends Wax Bodega (North America), New Noise (Asia) and Birds Robe (Australasia).
On No Feeling is Final:
“It’s a beautiful and bold dive into some of the most dramatic and dizzying compositions the band have ever committed to tape. It’s an absolutely glorious listen that feels as viciously human as it does emotionally vital…” – Rocksound
“‘No Feeling is Final’ somehow manages to evoke feelings of hope facing hopelessness, in a brilliant example of how instrumental artists can still be powerfully evocative without the need for words.” – Punktastic
“It’s Maybeshewill at their most inspired, driven and urgent – and quite frankly – it’s the full unbridled evolution of the one of the most uncompromising and greatest names within the post rock game.” – Noizze
“the omnipresent sense of focus truly is impressive, and it gives the album a weight and import that this genre regularly wants to have but seldom does… A real sleeper hit, this one…” – Soundboard
On Their Past Work:
“It’s a rush, the sound of a band throwing everything at scaling peaks of their own making. Fair Youth continues an established pattern as Maybeshewill attempt to burn bright at every turn.” – Drowned in Sound
“With ‘Fair Youth’, Maybeshewill have never sounded better… ‘Fair Youth’ is the perfect example of how to get post-rock instrumental music right.” – DIY
“Not only is their wellspring of underlying grandeur being tapped, it’s also clear that there’s even greater things to come” ‐ Kerrang
“Maybeshewill have pulled out all the stops for their third album: It’s quite simply a widescreen body of work” – Artrocker
“The most ball-bustingly intense and breathtakingly beautiful thing they’ve done. Pretty damn special” – RockSound
“Noisy brilliance that gets right inside the battered crevices of your skull and pounds on the sides” ‐ NME
“There’s both a haunting beauty and a fun likeability about the band” – Big Cheese