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I'm pretty sure that's the first time I've heard of a faction of a band becoming a different band and then that band impersonates the original band at a huge, internationally-webcasted music festival.
Sucks they had to go out like that, I think that group of musicians had some serious potential. Hlllyh, we hardly knew ye.
and doing it badly i should add
because Sparta never went under the name At The Drive-In, did they.
They seemed even more shambolic than normal on Sunday (although their songs with Vacations were really fun). Sad to see a band fall out like that.
I'm trying to get my head around who's in the Mae Shi, who quit the Mae Shi and who thinks they're in the Mae Shi, but it's not really happening. Oh well, sad news anyway.
I don't think their numbers add up.
Previously they made up 3/4 of The Mae Shi's touring band, and they are the line-up which played Pitchfork on Sunday. None of them are original members of the band.
Tim and Jeff are original members of The Mae Shi; for the last couple of years though, Tim has only worked behind the scenes, while Jeff has continued to tour with Jon, Bill and Jacob. Currently The Mae Shi is only Tim and Jeff. Neither played on Sunday.
but he's now quit the band altogether.
It looks like their parachute as well.
that's good, thanks. Sort of makes sense now.
So from what i can deduce...did no one who actually recorded 'HLLLYH', tour the album?
Tim and Brad *only* worked in the studio, but some, if not all, of the live line-up did so also, definitely including Jeff. The others, I'm not sure about, but I suspect they all had some involvement.
zapsta, you are brilliant
Amazing. Good work, Z.
i did a lil piece on these guys' live show back in march and was totally unclear on who was who... check out all the errors
that's just confused me even more
Some people went to a festival; some of them wanted to see some Mae Shi; Signals gave them some Mae Shi. In fact, considering how they'd finished the Mae Shi tour as The Mae Shi, without any original Mae Shi members, I don't see how it's a problem at all. If it's true that they're going to continue to play Mae Shi songs as part of their Signals sets, then yeah, that's a bit out, but everything they've done so far has surely been with the fans' best interests at heart.
that they would debut signals songs at the festival
huh. The last time I saw The Mae Shi I think it was only Jon, Bill and Jacob (aka Signals) who were performing. That band has changed members a few times anyway and it's got confusing for me now. Fuck it.
they've done half a year's touring with no original members. After three albums that's some going.
it reminds me a little bit of Hopesfall on their last tour before they broke-up.
Didn't they change their line up about 10 times?
Because i haven't heard it, so I assume it sounds like Squeeze-era VU.
since he had previously been touring before his drug problems got a bit too much, and at that point he asked them to cancel the rest of the gigs they'd be playing that made up the tour.
Also at the time that "The Mae-shi" announced that they would be going on and playing the festival they said it'd be the last chance to see the Mae Shi with the current lineup. Basically saying that the current line-up featured no origianl members, which is perhaps a little harsh.
(fiona are you reading this?!)
didnt know anything about this. thas ruined my night! totally sad, their new songs were acesssss. they seemed to be kinda strained at times but no more than any other group of really poor friends who live in each others pockets.. last time we watched them was cmj last year and they were awesome as standard
jeffs "drink and drug" problem is totally weird too. who wrote that article? cos like, we've partied with those guys loads of times, we lived in their pockets on tour and hung out with them whenever we were in the same city last year, and never did we ever see any slight signs of abuse. not that they'd tell us, but its kinda hard to hide these things. jeff's an excellent drunk.
i just found it, m'bad. thas even more depressing. finding out people you were friends with last year now have major drug habits seems to be the theme of this month for me. poor guy.
i don't think that's fair on the others really, "ooh i got a drug problem, so i want the rest of you to stop what you love doing because i'm a fuck up". that just says that this jeff guy has a bit of an ego.
that's pretty unsympathetic i know, though on his side it isn't right to use the name the Mae Shi in a live environment to promote your new band, and indeed if they carry on playing some Mae Shi songs at gigs under the name Signals that's quite wrong too. i couldn't go out and do that if i was them.
lol, who cares about their breakup? Very bad music.
British are strange people, most of the music from Britain sucks today, at least when compared to the USA. So it is not strange that a lot of British people have bad taste.
that singer/keyboard/whatever guys name is jon according to that article, right?
I'm getting confused with all the names being thrown about, can't remember which members play what now.
that thing about the manager and focus is a bit lame
They did some of the most fun shows I've been to and they were all well nice too from the little time I chatted with them after the gigs. I wish all the partys well and look forward to hearing both bands.
I knew there'd be a Venn diagram backlash eventually.
He's awfully good on the details, isn't he?
"we wish signals the best of luck".
Good luck to you both. Looking forward to some great new music.