So. Farewell, then, Maybeshewill. Of all of the departures from the pop culture world that 2016 heaped upon us, this is the one that hit me – and a lot of other people – the hardest of all. For over a decade their brand of post-math-instrumental rock captivated audiences all over the world, with tours taking in Europe, China and the USA, and their songs have a huge emotional resonance with their fanbase.
Maybeshewill played their final show on the 15th of April, at London’s superb and atmospheric Koko venue. I was one of the almost 1,700 people in the crowd that evening, and I’ve never been to any other gig that’s had that much feeling to it. Thousands of people saw Maybeshewill on that last tour, but Koko was it. It was the end, the very last time. People screamed along with Howard Beale’s Network character that Goddamn it, they were going to get mad. People sang their absolute hearts out to He Films The Clouds Pt 2 – and I’m talking everyone. Koko was a sell-out that night, and I know there were plenty of people who wished they could be there.
2016 has one final thing for us, and this time it’s good news. The Koko show was filmed by the amazing We The Conspirators crew, and guess what? It’s available now. If you’re reading this, you can watch that gig. Put it on a big screen, turn it up loud, close the curtains and turn out the lights. We The Conspirators have done an incredible job of transferring that gig to the screen – the energy of the night is fully captured through a mixture of beautiful camerawork, sharp editing and an incredible sound mix by the band’s own Jamie Ward which highlights parts of the tracks you may not have ever noticed before. The synth lines are given proper space to breathe, the drums punch, the bass drives and the guitars cut straight to the heart of you.
The setlist of the final show was always going to be a difficult choice – when you’ve got ten years and four full-length albums under your belt (along with myriad other releases) it’s almost impossible to please everyone – but I don’t think anyone can truly pick fault with what Maybeshewill present here. The material runs the gamut of their entire career and packs in plenty of crowd-pleasing moments along with the emotional punch. In short, if you are or have ever been a fan of Maybeshewill, I’d describe Live At Koko as something you absolutely have to own.
That brings us to the final gift from Maybeshewill. Live At Koko is available to stream in full, for free. Even better, if you would like a downloadable, full-HD version with uncompressed audio? That can be yours too for a small voluntary donation to environmental charity Friends of the Earth. In their press release, the band have this to say: “At this particular point in time more than ever we think it’s important to acknowledge the impact that we as humans are having on our planet and its climate […] and If we can go some small way to offsetting that, we believe we should.”
So – buy Live At Koko, help to save the planet, and celebrate the greatest band Leicester has ever produced. If you don’t think that’s a good idea, then Goddamn it, I’ve got to get mad.
Download the HD Version of the film HERE or stream it in full below.