ALBUM: Maybeshewill – I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone

Release Date: May 30th, 2011
Label: Robot Needs Home Records


Instrumental music is something that has never really taken off in Britain; nevertheless, this hasn’t stopped Leicester troopers Maybeshewill from trying. ‘I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone’ is their third full-length release, amongst several minor releases and EPs that they have put out. They have also toured extensively over the past couple of years with bands like You Slut! and And So I Watch You From Afar. If there is a market from their brand of instrumental music, they surely must have found it.

So what does Maybeshewill actually sound like? Well, imagine Fightstar and Muse tripping on some form of acid with Coheed & Cambria and you may be somewhat closer to finding out. They rely heavily on the use of symphonic elements to make up for the lack of a vocalist, whilst electronic elements are also a key feature. The beautiful ‘Relative Minors’ features trickling piano parts and driving riffs to really hit home what this band is all about. However, despite the quality of the music being produced, there is still the feeling that it is missing a quiet falsetto over the top.

This is something that is not just applicable to that song, throughout there is a sense that something is missing, and nine times out of ten that thing is a vocalist. Whenever the band rattles into a song with a punchy riff, like on ‘Take This To Heart’ or ‘Accolades’, you can’t help but think that some sort of vocal is needed, whether it be clean or unclean. Although, seeing as this is an instrumental album, it needs to be taken into consideration that the band has no desire to include a vocalist, and have written their songs accordingly. In which case, they are bloody good songs on their own.

With no vocalist to tell when a chorus is played, each songs stands on its own structurally, with some songs like ‘Farewell Sarajevo’ ending up sounding extremely strange because of the various symphonic and structural elements thrown into the song. Throughout, drummer James Collins must be merited for his impressive parts, especially on ‘An End To Camaraderie’ and ‘To The Skies From A Hillside’, the latter of which packs quite a punch and is a genuinely heavy song. Whilst occasionally it does sound strange having no vocalist, songs like ‘Opening’ and ‘Words For Arabella’ sound like they don’t need one anyway, as they would both be perfect instrumental pieces if they were to be thrown onto another band’s album.

Enough of me going on about the lack of a vocalist, as an intended instrumental band Maybeshewill are one of the best around, standing toe-to-to with Sheffield’s 65daysofstatic. Listening to this album, it’s a wonder why instrumental music hasn’t really kicked off in the UK, because on the back of this album, these boys sure do deserve some success.

Written by Oliver Thompson