What do electronic beats, male choirs and the movie Network all have in common? All are featured by arguably one of the best post-rock bands since 2000, Maybeshewill. All the way from the United Kingdom, Maybeshewill created a new post-rock sound all their own. It all began with their first major release in 2008, Not For Want of Trying, which ranged between the heavy riffs in “We Call For An Ambulance But A Fire Engine Came” to a lighter, almost emo-esque “Heartflusters”. The most surprising and beautiful sounding piece from this album was definitely “He Films The Clouds Pt. 2”, which contained a full male choir (even if they only sang fifteen words) and a driving piano beat, similar to 65daysofstatic’s “Piano Fights”. Sing The Word Hope in a Four-Part Harmony, Maybeshewill’s 2009 release, was significantly heavier, taking a darker approach to the often-peaceful and airy post-rock sound. Though it still contained the same type of synthesized beats as their former album, STWHIAFPH showed all their critics that their can vary up the emotion and didn’t have to duplicate their first album’s sound.

On October 4th, 2010, Maybeshewill released the single “To The Skies From A Hillside”, a sound that seemed to bridge the earlier pop-like beats of their first album with the heavy guitar of their latter. This release was followed by an announcement of a new album to come Spring 2011, after much touring across Europe.

Probably the most interesting part of Maybeshewill is not their music, but how they record and distribute it. They introduce the hardcore punk DIY ethics of creating the material and distributing it independently alongside Field Records. Recording with borrowed equipment in the empty rooms of friends, they attempt to produce their music without spending any money. This is quite impressive given the amount of editing and sampling that is shown on their records, a common trait among electronic post-rock bands.

Is This Revolutionary?: Though they sound similar to 65daysofstatic in terms of their electronic beats, they are so unique in their execution that it’s hard to really say they sound like anyone else in the genre. They change it up so often and bounce between different styles, even inside the same song, that sometimes it’s difficult to even narrow them to a genre. Regardless of classification, Maybeshewill brings a different flavor to the music world, and will dish it out with a good, ol’ fashioned DIY spin.

Maybeshewill- Not For Want of Trying

Maybeshewill- Sing The Word Hope In a Four-Part Harmony

Maybeshewill- To The Skies From A Hillside

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