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.
Hannah has also kindly let us use her artwork on a pair of t-shirts and a print – something we’ve been asked for for a really long time. These will only be available while stocks last.
Due to the current delays with vinyl pressing, there will be a little time between your order and the physical items shipping out. The digital version will be available to download immediately.
The full track listing is as follows:
2. Take This to Heart
3. Red Paper Lanterns
4. Critical Distance
6. An End To Camaraderie
1. Words for Arabella
2. Farewell, Sarajevo
3. Relative Minors
4. To The Skies, From A Hillside
3. I’m in Awe Amadeus (Acoustic version)
4. To The Skies, From A Hillside (The Party Mushroom Remix)
5. Critical Distance (Dark Dark Horse Remix)
Live in London
2. Take This To Heart
3. Red Paper Lanterns
5. To The Skies From A Hillside