Maybeshewill was James Collins, Matthew Daly, John Helps, Robin Southby and Jamie Ward. Based in Leicester, UK, they aspired to be as self-sufficient as possible, sticking to a steadfastly DIY ethos and self recording all their material. They worked tirelessly over the course of four full-length albums and countless tours to build a loyal and enthusiastic following across most of the globe.
The band released their debut four-track EP ‘Japanese Spy Transcript‘ on their own label (Robot Needs Home) in early 2006 followed by their debut album ‘Not For Want Of Trying‘ on Field Records in May 2008. The album was Huw Stephen’s record of the week on his radio 1 show in its week of release and received glowing reviews from RockSound (8/10), Kerrang (4/5) and Drowned In Sound (8/10) amongst many others. Just a year later in June 2009, ‘Sing The Word Hope In Four-Part Harmony‘ was released to a similarly enthusiastic response. For their third record, ‘I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone‘ Jamie Ward, who had relatively recently joined them on bass took over production duties, marking a step up in recording quality. The album featured live strings for the first time, and a more electronic direction. The record was released in May 2011 and was praised widely by the music press including Rocksound, The NME, Artrocker, Kerrang, Big Cheese and Metal Hammer. The Finnish National Ice Hockey Team chose ‘Words for Arabella’ from the record as their ‘skate out’ music during the World Cup. The album was played in it’s entirety on Kerrang radio twice, and gained Maybeshewill ‘Band of the Week’ on RockSound.tv an unprecedented two weeks running.
Touring was fundamental to Maybeshewill’s existence. They covered the UK and mainland Europe extensively as well as Russia, China and Japan with the likes of 65daysofstatic, And So I Watch You From Afar, And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Lite and The Ocean.
They determined to see how far their idea of what it means to be a ‘DIY’ band could take them. Self managed and produced and working with a small team of trusted friends they pushed the music, production and touring to the limit of what is achievable for a band of their stature.
Maybeshewill’s fourth and last studio album ‘Fair Youth‘ was released on 25th August 2014 through Superball Music (…Trail of Dead, 65daysofstatic, Oceansize). It’s an overwhelmingly positive record, with the band creating a musical solution to dealing with real world problems and difficulties. It’s themes are nostalgia, dreaming, oneirism, and the connections, disconnection and constant feeling of motion that comes with spending so many months of the year on tour.
Once again Jamie took the production helm, but this time expanded the pallet of sounds and instruments at their disposal – working with live instruments wherever possible, making it simultaneously the most and least organic Maybeshewill record. It was been shaped largely by influences from outside of the world they exist in – Shoegaze, Electronica, Hip Hop, Chamber Pop and countless other threads coming together. It’s the band reimagined as a larger ensemble – a hundred year old grand piano, string and brass sections, an enormous old drum kit, glockenspiels, vibraphones and a sea of guitars – while still remaining a cohesive whole.
In 2015 the band announced that they would be touring for the last time in early 2016, announcing a huge farewell show at London’s Koko.
“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