Maybeshewill
Not For Want Of Trying


3.5
great

Review

by Richard Craig USER (120 Reviews)
June 19th, 2008 | 37 replies | 18,074 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maybeshewill are capable of great things.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

“Maybeshewill like the way it sounds, not the meaning of its constituent parts. If you're looking for meaning, you won't find any here.”

As many may have noticed recently the genre of post-rock has been in something of a decline. With many (too many) bands attempting unsuccessfully to imitate heavyweights like Sigur Ros and Explosions in the Sky, an area of music that was once a bustling market place of creativity has started to grow, well, stale. Leicester lads Maybeshewill have obviously noticed this. While their debut EP ‘Japanese Spy Transcript’ was a proficient exercise in the quiet-loud dynamic that has been employed by countless of nearly identical bands, this, their debut album, is different. The aforementioned quotation from the band themselves alone, “…you won’t find any (meaning) here…”, distances them from the congested post-rock herd. Post-rock is a genre that many, this reviewer included, closely associate with great displays of emotion. However, there is none of that here – at all. In some ways it is refreshing, in others it is somewhat disappointing; at the very least it is interesting.

In case you haven’t guessed yet Maybeshewill are not, I repeat not a post-rock band –at least not in the traditional sense. They have more in common with a band like Biffy Clyro, especially on the quirkily titled ‘The Paris Hilton Sex Tape’ which basically sounds like a song from the Ayrshire trio only without vocals, and a lot more interesting musically. In its three-and-a-half minute running time it moves between soaring guitars, dirty-sounding bass riffs, pretty-sounding piano riffs and spiky riffs. As with all the songs here, there is plenty of variation yet it all makes sense and doesn’t seem out of place. This is never more true than on the schizophrenic ‘We Called For An Ambulance But A Fire Engine Came’ which changes dramatically halfway through from a riff-heavy metal section to a string and piano section. From here it segues into a mild industrial electronica outro.

The use of electronics is vital to Maybeshewill’s sound as they employ it very well indeed. Whereas Texan post-rock outfit This Will Destroy You decided to overuse it on their self titled debut, Maybeshewill make subtle use of their synths and drum machines on songs such as ‘Seraphim & Cherubim’ really enhance the quality of the song. Though the song would work just as well without them they make it feel more complete and generally more enjoyable. Only on ‘Heartflusters’ do the electronics take a more central stage. The song has a much thinner texture than others and so, in this respect, offers variation. Though more noticeable is the inclusion of vocals as it is one of only two (three if you include samples) tracks that does this. Though the vocals here aren’t of the best quality as the midlands accent and general delivery isn’t too audibly pleasing, they have a sort of endearing quality which makes the track worthwhile. The only other song that includes live vocals on the album is the somewhat pretentiously titled ‘He Films The Clouds Pt. 2’. The use of a cyclic piano pattern and sparsely notated guitars is soothing and is one of the best moments on the album. It builds texturally throwing drum machines, synths and drums into the mix before eventually changing tone slightly. As the texture thins unexpectedly a choir-like gang vocal refrain enters. The warm tone of the voices is strangely reassuring and is well worth the wait, given the near seven minute running time – the longest on the album. The title track also employs vocals, well…kind of. There is a lengthy sample of Howard Beale complaining about social decline in the film ‘Network’ before telling the listeners “I want you to get mad!” as the song explodes from tense piano-riffing into an EitS ‘Those Who Tell The Truth…’ era heavy section which is possibly the most dramatic and well constructed part of the whole album.

With post-rock bands running out of fresh and original ideas Maybeshewill are a breath of fresh air. They have turned their backs on their past and really, it is for the better. ‘Not For Want Of Trying’ is a colourful, and above all, an interesting listen – one that is far more accessible than most instrumental music these days. The albums accessibility is both a positive thing and a negative. It is a good thing because obviously, it doesn’t require much effort to listen to it and enjoy it. However, ultimately it is far less rewarding as too often textures stay constant throughout and, though motifs change a lot, there is not enough noticeable variability. It is admirable that Maybeshewill have tried to make a unique album, and even more admirable that they have made such a dramatic change from their debut EP but as it turns out they have changed perhaps a little too much. However, for a debut album this is very, very good indeed and seems to indicate that Maybeshewill are capable of great things.



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taylormemer
June 19th 2008



4916 Comments


The Paris Hilton Sex Tape. Blah

Great review. Somehow not heard much of these guys.

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
June 20th 2008



862 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really liked this album after a few listens, at first it seemed a bit bland. Definitely capable of great things.

Oh, and nice review, but they are post-rock.This Message Edited On 06.20.08

Willie
Moderator
June 20th 2008



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. I had never heard of these guys before but the song samples on iTunes sound really good so I'm downloading it now.

Windows
June 20th 2008



76 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review, I'm really digging Seraphim & Cherubim right now.

BallsToTheWall
June 22nd 2008



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty solid right now. Seems to be a lot of post rock coming out this year but have fell greatly behind. Nice review.This Message Edited On 06.22.08

redundantme
November 7th 2008



3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why isn't 65daysofstatic from sheffield mentioned anywhere, i think they are a huge influence to the sound of this band...

Knott-
Emeritus
December 22nd 2008



10195 Comments


loving this at the moment...CNTRCKT and He Films The Clouds Pt. 2 are awesome

ash0man
May 21st 2009



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of my favourite post-rock albums, not one weak track.

MrCalum
November 30th 2009



371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is just 65dos

Prophet178
November 30th 2009



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah, these guys are actually good.

Knott-
Emeritus
November 30th 2009



10195 Comments


Sing The Word Hope is better, but not by too much. Love this album.

jingledeath
January 2nd 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fucking love this band, both of their releases are fantastic.

TRMshadow
January 23rd 2010



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

this thing has my favorite album art of all time


bungy
February 19th 2010



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Some of these tracks are just awesome.

landonius
May 6th 2010



70 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The title track buildup section over the speech is absolutely incredible.

crazyblinddude
September 8th 2010



3389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good stuff here. He Films the Clouds, Pt. 2 is probably my favorite song from these guys.

Romulus
September 8th 2010



8423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed completely blinddude

BigTuna
September 16th 2010



5154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is so so so so so so good

Digging: Common - Nobody's Smiling

Jayree
September 21st 2010



6 Comments


That sample from the film Network was also used on the foreword to the album Era of Diversion by Evol Intent. It's worth checking out - some really good IDM electronica on there

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2010



7022 Comments


I've only heard the Paris Hilton song. Should check out the rest.

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