So, we have some sad news…

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.

Tickets are available now from: http://www.seetickets.com/event/maybeshewill/koko/910362/

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.

Thank you all, so much.

Maybeshewill

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We’re keeping our schedule a little quieter this year, but there are still a few dates coming up that we need to tell you about…

18.07 – Devilstone Festival – Lithuania
19.07 – Melnā Piektdiena – Riga, Latvia
01.08 – BiNuu – Berlin, Germany (Visions Party)
21.08 – ArcTanGent Festival – UK

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Between September and the end of 2014 we toured our newest record, Fair Youth, across three continents – Europe, Asia and Australasia – making it all the way to the far side of the world. During that time we filmed whatever we saw – shows, cities, roads, landscapes – and tried to document the experiences as best we could. We dumped all that footage on to a hard drive and gave it to our good friend Fraser West from WeTheConspirators who created almost all our videos to date, as well as all the artwork for Fair Youth. He’s put together this incredible video, which completely captures how it feels like for us to have been on the road for that length of time. There is so much more that we couldn’t squeeze in to this, but we think it’s a great snap shot of how it felt to be in Maybeshewill at that particular point in our lives.

If you still don’t have Fair Youth you can pick it up through all good retailers including iTunes, Amazon or direct from our Webstore… or alternatively it is of course available to stream through on Spotify or any other good streaming provider.

Watch the video right here, or if you’re based in Germany, click here.

It’s New Years Eve and we’re scattered across the country preparing to see in 2015 with our friends and families, but it feels necessary to leave this note to express our profound gratitude to all of you. 2014 was one of the most incredible years we have had as a band. Ten years ago we would never have predicted that we’d be playing so many shows to so many people in so many countries around the world. In fact, we never would have predicted that we’d make it to our fourth record… You surprise yourself I suppose.

We need to extend huge thanks to Haydn Britland and Callum Blanchfield, who continue to send us on ridiculous adventures around the globe, Simon Glacken who continues to persuade people we are worth writing about, Shane Billingham at Function Records and Freddy, Jessica and Thomas at Superball for making our records in to real, tangible objects at not inconsequential risk to their personal finances or reputation. We can’t express how much we appreciate that.

But, if you bought / downloaded / streamed the new record, came to a show, bought merch or just told someone else that we exist you are part of why this year was so good. This is not a hollow platitude – we cannot thank you enough.

2015 is starting to roll out in front of us, and although there probably (although we’ve said this before) won’t be quite as much Maybeshewill in it as there was in 2014, we’re sure there will be plenty of opportunities for us to all catch up.

Have an incredible New Years Eve.

See you soon,

Msw
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Having announced them as main support for our European dates earlier in the year, we’re very pleased that Flood of Red will also be coming out with us for the UK dates of the Fair Youth tour.

In addition we’ve asked some other friends and bands we’ve loved for a very long time to join us to open various shows on the dates between now and the end of the year.

SPEAKING IN ITALICS join us for the shows in Benelux
FRAMES join us for all German shows.
EXXASENS join us for all Spanish shows.
WAKING AIDA join us for London, Bristol, Southampton, Brighton and Leicester.
&U&I join us for the London show.

We wholeheartedly encourage you to come out early and enjoy all the bands who get the privilege of playing with on this tour. We’re so, so excited to be heading out with such an awesome collection of musicians, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we will.

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We’re very pleased to announce Flood of Red as main support on our 2014 European tour dates – that’s from London (17th October) through until Paris (18th November). In London we’re also joined by the mighty Waking Aida. More information on the dates, and ticket links (if we have them) are over on the ‘shows‘ page.

We’ve also added shows in BRISTOL, UK as well as BAYONNE and BORDEAUX, FRANCE.

You can watch Flood of Red’s video for ‘Throw’ here:

We’ve been neglecting our own city of Leicester for too long now, so, fittingly given that this batch of touring begins in Kiev, we’ll be seeing out the year, and the first legs of the Fair Youth tour with a show at The Ukrainian Club (2a Fosse Road South / Hinckley Road)  on 20th December. We’ll be joined by our good friends Speaking In Italics for the show, as well as some special guests who will be announced nearer the time.

Because we’d love as many of you to come as possible,  tickets can be bought for just £6 from SeeTickets.com or direct from RobotNeedsHome.com where you can even save a few pence on the booking fee. That said, there are only 200 available, so get them while they’re hot.

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It feels like forever since we last did some UK headline shows, so in addition to the London Garage show in October, we’re adding some shows across the UK in December. These are them:

October

17th – The Garage, London [ Tickets ]

December

4th – The Deaf Institute, Manchester [ Tickets ]
5th – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
6th – Stereo, Glasgow
7th – The Flapper, Birmingham
10th – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff [ Tickets ]
12th – Green Door Store, Brighton
13th – Joiners, Southampton

We’re hoping to add a couple more shows to this run, but details of that in the not too distant future.

That leaves the Fair Youth tour looking a little like this…

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