This month, our third record, I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone turns ten years old. All our releases have an important place in our hearts, but I Was Here For A Moment marked an important inflection point for Maybeshewill. We began the album tour playing to empty rooms in midlands towns, and ended it two years later supporting Dillinger Escape Plan at Nottingham’s Rock City. We were a changed band – not least because this was the first record with Jamie as a band member and taking the lead on production duties, but also because by the end of the tour Matt had joined us full time too. In many ways it’s the tenth anniversary of Maybeshewill as we exist today.
To mark the anniversary, we’re reissuing the album as a double LP through our own Robot Needs Home record label on heavy-weight black vinyl. The second LP includes b-sides and remixes from the original release, plus live versions of many of the tracks specifically mixed for this release. The whole record has been carefully re-mastered by Tom Woodhead, with some slight alterations to the original vinyl release to maximise sound quality. Importantly, with the release coming out on our own label it also allows us to reinvest as much as possible in working on a new record, which we hope to have news about soon.
When we approached Hannah Mosley, who illustrated the original album’s artwork, about re-working it for the reissue, she came up with the idea of completely re-drawing it to reflect the changes in her, and all of us, as artists during the intervening decade. She has lovingly reimagined the whole sleeve as a beautiful reflection on the original artwork.
Speaking about her role in the record, then and now, Hannah says;
“Every year since I created the artwork for I Was Here For A Moment, I’ve received lovely, heartfelt emails from Maybeshewill fans, reaching out to let me know how much they enjoyed my illustrations. In 18 years of putting out artwork, nothing else I’ve made has had people getting in touch a decade after its release. I think that speaks hugely to both the emotional place this album has occupied for a lot of fans, and to the fact that this was a really well matched collaboration.
“It feels pretty groovy to have drawn a small part of something that has woven into peoples’ lives and memories, and it feels even groovier to revisit it ten years on. Some things have changed; the lines a bit softer, the characters a little older, and the bicycle actually bicycle shaped. But the feeling remains the same.“
You can order the 10th anniversary version of the record now from our store, limited to 500 copies. Orders will also receive a digital version of the release in WAV and MP3 format with an additional live track.
When we announced the last tour we knew we wanted to document the final show at Koko. Partly that was for us – to have something to look back at in ten or twenty years and remember that moment – but we were also humbled by how many people wanted to see us one last time, and we know there are many who couldn’t. We’re incredibly lucky to be in that position.
We’ve worked on this with our long time collaborators WeTheConspirators, who have put so many hours in to getting it just right, and we can’t thank them enough for that. Our very own Jamie Ward has slaved over the audio to make sure the mix is as good as it can possibly be, and we think it sounds amazing. We never imagined we could produce something this ambitious on a shoestring budget, keeping everything within the small team we built up over the last decade. We hope it’s an adequate substitute for the real thing if you weren’t there, and an accurate document of that evening if you were.
We’re streaming the whole thing for free, but should you wish to download and keep a copy in HD, with uncompressed audio – that looks and sounds amazing – you can do just that. In return all we ask is a small voluntary charity donation, 100% of which will be sent to Friends of the Earth.
At this particular point in time more than ever we think it’s important to acknowledge the impact that we as humans are having on our planet and it’s climate. As a band our carbon footprint is embarrassingly large – predominantly through more air travel than we care to remember and thousands of miles in vans between shows – and If we can go some small way to offsetting that, we believe we should.
With this being our last chance to head out on the road we’ve thought long and hard about who we take with us, and we’re unbelievably excited to tell you who it will be.
It’s been really important to us that we have bands we love both musically and as people on all of these shows so for all the UK Shows, we will be joined by the the mighty YOU SLUT!who are reforming especially for this tour. They’ve been an influence on us as from very early on, and we’re so pleased that they’ve been able to make this work. We’ll also be joined by our Fair Youth touring brothers FLOOD OF RED in Glasgow, one of our earliest touring partners WORRIEDABOUTSATAN in Leeds and our home-town brothers and sister HER NAME IS CALLA for the Leicester show.
For the European dates we’ll be joined by our Leicester brothers SPEAKING IN ITALICSup to and including Berlin, and our Robot Needs Home Label mates WAKING AIDA from Berlin until the end of the tour. Lucky Berlin gets both bands.
In New York City we’re going to be joined by DRIFTOFF, who we absolutely cannot wait to see.
Just incase all that is incredibly confusing…
20.02.16 BOWERY BALLROOM, NEW YORK w/ Driftoff 25.02.16 FUZZ, ATHENS 26.02.16 THEATRE, MOSCOW 27.02.16 CLUB ZAL, ST PETERSBURG 29.02.16 ATLAS, KIEV 11.03.16 VK, BRUSSELS w/ Speaking In Italics 12.03.16 EXTASE @ 013, TILBURG w/ Speaking In Italics 13.03.16 EKKO, UTRECHT w/ Speaking In Italics 14.03.16 GEBAUDE9, COLOGNE w/ Speaking In Italics 15.03.16 MOLOTOW, HAMBURG w/ Speaking In Italics 16.03.16 CASSIOPEIA, BERLIN w/ Speaking In Italics & Waking Aida 17.03.16 HYDROZAGADKA, WARSAW w/ Waking Aida 18.03.16 KLUB FIRLEJ, WROCLAW w/ Waking Aida 20.03.16 NOD THEATRE, PRAGUE w/ Waking Aida 21.03.16 DURER KERT, BUDAPEST w/ Waking Aida 22.03.16 CHELSEA, VIENNA w/ Waking Aida 23.03.16 ROCKHOUSE, SALZBURG w/ Waking Aida 24.03.16 CIRCOLO MAGNOLIA, MILAN w/ Waking Aida 25.03.16 KIFF, AARAU w/ Waking Aida 26.03.16 BATOFAR, PARIS w/ Waking Aida 12.04.16 STEREO, GLASGOW w/ You Slut! & Flood of Red 13.04.16 THE BRUDENELL, LEEDS w/ You Slut! & Worriedaboutsatan 14.04.16 THE Y THEATRE, LEICESTER w/ You Slut! & Her Name Is Calla 15.04.16 KOKO, LONDON w/ You Slut!
Some shows are getting particularly close to selling out, notably the London final show which is down to well under 200 tickets – we won’t be upgrading this show it a bigger venue, so once they’re gone they’re gone! We’ll post up some videos and tracks by all the supports in the coming weeks. We really hope you can make it out to help us say goodbye in the best way possible.
Making a show in North America happen has been a challenge for Maybeshewill, but something we’ve wanted to do for a very long time. We’ve come so close on so many occasions, and with time finally running out we’ve decided that we have to make that leap, if there is any way we can.
We have announced a show at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City on the 20th February 2016.
Unfortunately we aren’t able to add any more shows whilst we’re over there, but we hope that this will at least allow a few of you to come and meet us in the middle.
TICKETS GO ON SALE WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER AT 12:00 EST.
That said, this is a big leap for us, and we’re going to need your help if we’re going to make it happen – whether or not you’re able to make it to the show we’ve put together some packages of things we think you guys will like, and started a PLEDGE campaign which will help us offset some of the costs of flights and visas and all the stuff that goes along with playing a show on the other side of the world.
We’re not a band who take asking for this sort of thing from our fans lightly, so we’ve tried to put together some things that we think you guys would be genuinely interested in having – especially as we’re increasingly aware that there are people we won’t be able to see on the final tour, and who might never be able to see us live – so whether or not you’re based in North America, hopefully there are some things here that will interest you, and maybe you can help get us that little bit closer to playing for as many people as possible before our time is up.
Amongst other things we’ve got an exclusive t-shirt design which will only be available to pledgers, two huge backdrops from previous Maybeshewill tours, and a whole selection of stuff which you can get signed to whoever you wish, including full final tour posters which will also only be available here.
In our ongoing effort to get to see as many of you as possible on our final tour we’ve added a whole crop of shows in mainland Europe, across as far as Ukraine and Russia. These are in addition to the UK dates previously announced.
It’s important to us that we’re able to add a show in Paris to this final tour – particularly in light of recent events – so we’re working really hard to get that confirmed as soon as humanly possible. We’ll keep you updated, but for obvious reasons it’s taking a little time.
Unfortunately aside from that these will be the only European shows we’re able to play, so please come out and see us if you’re able to.
Ticket links will be added over on our shows page, as and when we have them.
We’ll be announcing the supports in the new year, but for now – we’d really love to see you there – let us know which ones you’re planning on coming to.
In addition to the final show at Koko, we’ve added a handful more UK dates to what will become our final tour. There are a million places we wanted to go back to but there are only so many places we can squeeze in to the time available to us – so…
We’ll be hitting Glasgow Stereo for you guys in Scotland and Leeds Brudenell for those of you in the north.
We’re making our penultimate show a home-town affair in Leicester for the city that set us on this path and which has been our home and safe harbour for the duration of our existence. We’ve always been proud to call ourselves a Leicester band and it will undoubtedly be an emotional show.
The final show itself is now well over half way to being sold out – we’d really love for that to happen, so please join us if you can to see out the last twelve years in the best way possible.
Ticket links for all the shows can be found over on the SHOWS page.
Maybeshewill will be touring for the last time at the start of 2016.
When we started this band over a decade ago it was just a bedroom project that we never really imagined playing live with. Every little thing we’ve achieved with it since then has been both a surprise and an incredible bonus. The five of us have spent the last few years getting to tour the world, seeing some incredible places and meeting some of the finest people we could possibly imagine meeting, both on and off stage. Being given the chance to do all this has been like living some sort of crazy dream for the majority of our adult lives, but eventually you have to return to reality. So I suppose that’s what we’re doing now.
We’ve thought about calling this a hiatus or just saying things are over, but if we’re completely honest we can’t quite bring ourselves to put our feet firmly in either camp. There are numerous personal reasons why this has to happen for some of us. For others I’m sure they’d prefer to be carrying on, but the nature of a band means that you have to find a solution which suits everyone and that’s what we’re doing here. That’s why we’ve decided that these will be our last shows and leaving it at that.
I think it’s worth saying here that you will struggle to find five closer friends than you will in Maybeshewill. I can’t see that ever changing. It’s also impossible to imagine any of us stopping making music and there will definitely be more to come from some or all of us. We don’t see another Maybeshewill record in our futures right now, but hopefully we will make music together again at some point. You can never say never.
So, we’re in the process of putting together the shows that will mark our last tour together, but we can tell you that we will be playing the final show of that tour at Koko, London on Friday 15th April 2016. Please come and celebrate the last ten years of this band and help us finish this chapter of our lives on the biggest high we can imagine.
And so finally we need to extend a huge thank you to Peter Devine our long suffering live engineer, Tim at Field Records, Shane at Function Records, Freddy, Jessica and Thomas at Superball, Simon at I Like Press and Haydn at NMC Live who have made up our little world over the last decade. There are countless wonderful people who have contributed to this band in some way, big or small, and you should all know who you are and that we’ve appreciated everything you’ve done for us. All the bands we got to tour with, and the friends we made for life all over the world – thank you. If you came to a show, bought a record or a t-shirt, or even if you downloaded an album or shared it with a friend – thank you. If we never made it as far as your town, or even country – we’re sorry. We genuinely tried.