Maybeshewill Live in Hong Kong 2012

2012-06-11 20:00 - 22:00

Maybeshewill Live in Hong Kong 2012

When: 11 Jun 2012 Mon 20:00
Where: Hidden Agenda Live House

Maybeshewill Live in Hong Kong 2012

Guest: Life Was All Silence

Maybeshewill is a post-rock band from Leicester, United Kingdom whose music is characterised by the use of programmed and sampled electronic elements alongside guitars, bass and drums.

Maybeshewill has seen a number of musicians come and go, but core members Robin Southby, John Helps and James Collins have been with the band since their first tour and album.

Maybeshewill was formed by guitarists Robin Southby and John Helps whilst the pair were studying together at university in 2005. They released their first record Japanese Spy Transcript on the band's own label, Robot Needs Home Records in 2006 with Tanya Byrne on bass guitar and Lawrie Malen on drums. The 4-track EP was well received by the press and attracted the attention of Nottingham's Field Records (also home to Public Relations Exercise) who released "The Paris Hilton Sex Tape" (taken from the record) as part of a split 7" single with Ann Arbor later that year. In August 2006 a re-mastered version of Japanese Spy Transcript was released in Japan on the XTAL label (also home to Yndi halda and You Slut!) which was set up specifically for the release by The Media Factory Group. Shortly after this release the band dissolved temporarily.

In May 2007, John and Robin began working with drummer James Collins (formerly a member of Fight Fire With Water) and bassist Andrew Jackson, along with a number of guest vocalists and musicians on an album entitled Not for Want of Trying. The record was released on Monday 12 May 2008 through Field Records, and was chosen by BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens as his album of the week in its release week. 'The Paris Hilton Sex Tape' also featured on the cover CD of June's edition of Rock Sound magazine.

Thirteen months later on 7 June 2009, the band released their second LP Sing the Word Hope in Four-Part Harmony through Field Records, with Victoria Sztuka taking Andrew Jacksons place on bass guitar. This was a heavier record which saw them continue to try to break away from the post-rock tag with which they are often labelled. The record was received well by both press and fans alike, but did receive some criticism for failing to depart substantially enough from the band's established sound.

After the release of Sing The Word Hope, The band returned to the three-piece line-up of James Collins, John Helps and Robin Southby. They were joined in 2009 by Jamie Ward, a former member of Kyte and Tired Irie who was to guide the recording session for their third album, as well as fill the vacant role of bassist. In 2011 the band became a five-piece with the addition of Matthew Daly performing live keyboards.

Maybeshewill tour very regularly across the UK, Europe and Asia. This has seen them pair up with Lite, Long Distance Calling, Earthtone9, &U&I, Fight Fire With Water,worriedaboutsatan, And So I Watch You From Afar, Death Of London and Cats & Cats & Cats on various excursions. They have also appeared at Summer Sundae Weekender, Truck Festival, Brainwash Festival, 2000 Trees, Hockley Hustle and Dot To Dot.

The band have stated in their biography that they are concerned about the state of the mainstream music industry and as such endeavour to be as self-sufficient as possible. Originally the band kept the duties of Manager, Booking Agent and Press Agent 'in-house' as well as releasing records on their own label Robot Needs Home. As the band has grown however, they have found it necessary to work with others. They now release their records through independent labels and work with a small team of people for booking and press whilst still managing and tour managing themselves. They record and mix all their musical output, with Jamie Ward taking the lead on their more recent recordings. In the liner notes of Sing the Word Hope in Four-Part Harmony they published a brief guide to the approach that they take, as well as providing information on how they go about recording.

Although not a 'political' band, many of the samples and song-titles within their music hint at broadly left-wing, somewhat socialist ideas. For example This Time Last Year from Sing the Word Hope in Four-Part Harmony uses a sample from I Heart Huckabees in which the characters discuss whether a desire to preserve open space is a socialist idea, and the same album's title track includes a long monologue bemoaning the state of modern society, but praising the community in which the band exists and suggesting hope for the future.

The band have described their sound as "instrumental rock with electronics",while Drowned in Sound described them as sounding "like Mogwai would if the latter had ever found love in an arthouse cinema. And then were beaten around the head with a keyboard".Comparisons have also been made with Sigur Rós,and 65daysofstatic were often mentioned by reviewers as a likely influence on their earlier work.Their tracks often include samples of film or other dialogue; "Not for Want of Trying" contains a sample from Network, while Sing the Word Hope in Four Part Harmony includes samples of broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, and excerpts from Young Winston.

 

Addresses of Ticket Outlets (Start on 18th May)
Hidden Agenda
Tel: 852-91706073 (Kimi)
Add: 2A, Wing Fu Industrial Bldg, 15-17 Tai Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong

White Noise Records
Tel: 852-25910499
Add: Room 1901, 19/F Workingview Commercial Building, 21 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Zoo Records
Tel: 852-23092911
Add: 3/F, 234 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Prince Edward, Hong Kong

Kubrick BC
Tel: 852-23848929
Add: Shop h2, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong

Rat's Cave
Tel: 852-28589001
Add: G/F, 18A-B Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Mantra
Add: Flat 1901, 13/F, Pakpolee Commercial Centre, Hong Kong

 

Tickets: HKD220 (Adv) / HKD250 (Walk-in)
Enquiry: 852-91830906 (Alvin) /852-91706073 (Kimi)
Add: 2A, Wing Fu Industrial Bldg, 15-17 Tai Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong

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