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mewithoutYou surprise release a new EP and announce a full-length on the way this fall

MewithoutYou | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Fans of mewithoutYou, I hope you’re sitting down. The long-running Philadelphia post-hardcore pioneers released a new track, “Julia (or, ‘Holy to the LORD’ on the Bells of Horses),” a few days ago, and suspicions that the single is indicative of something greater have now proven true.

The band, whose multi-genre exploring music has endured unwaveringly since their formation in 2001, has just released a surprise EP. Over its seven tracks, the EP, [untitled], ventures into new territory for mewithoutYou, blending the personal and political in their signature poetic way. But wait — “Julia…” isn’t on the new EP. Continue reading →

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Listen to a heavier side of mewithoutYou on new track “Julia (or, ‘Holy to the LORD’ on the Bells of Horses)”

mewithoutYou | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

One can never quite pin down mewithoutYou. In their nearly two-decade career the esoteric Philly rock band have covered ground from freak-folk to garage rock. Their most consistent feature is the enigmatic spiritual lyrics of vocalist Aaron Weiss. Based on the title of their new track, “Julia (or, ‘Holy to the LORD’ on the Bells of Horses)”, listeners can rest assured that quality has not been lost. Musically, however, the song is something of a shift. Continue reading →

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Listen to mewithoutYou revisit their debut at the TLA in the new A–>B Live album, watch a trailer for its companion documentary

MewithoutYou | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Long-running Philly art-punk band mewithoutYou just released a live album in celebration of their debut album [A–>B] Life, which is 16 years old. The album was recorded at the final date of their 15 Year Anniversary Tour show at The Theatre of Living Arts last year. To accompany the live album, the band collaborated with Arsenal Mediaworks to produce a concert documentary that features the full live performance of the final hometown show, as well as with interviews and archival footage that chronicles the band’s history and evolution.  Continue reading →

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mewithoutYou celebrate the 15th Birthday of A->B Life with sold out TLA gig

MewithoutYou | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

 

Fresh off the heels of a full US tour, mewithoutYou returned home to Philadelphia Sunday night with a sold out show at The TLA. Fans packed the venue to celebrate the band’s return, but also the fifteen year anniversary of their first full length album, [A -> B] Life — which they played in full. The performance was truly a celebration of the band’s work, both old and new. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: mewithoutYou at TLA; Slaughter Beach, Dog at the First Unitarian Church

mewithoutYou | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

In recent years, Upper Darby art punk favorites mewithoutYou have toured in celebration of every milestone they’ve hit — this time it’s the 15th anniversary of [A–>B] Life, and they’ve hit the road to play the album in its entirety. Tonight’s stop at the TLA also includes a performance from Pianos Become The Teeth. Last time mewithoutYou played a show in town was for the 15th anniversary of Brother, Sister — read The Key’s review here. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Yes, Paramore’s new album features mewithoutYou’s Aaron Weiss

Paramore | photo by Lindsey Byrnes | via facebook.com/paramore

Love it or hate it, Paramore‘s first album in four years is not exactly the same sound that brought the band from its Nashville roots to the stage it’s at now. The angsty teens that started in high school are long grown up and any trace of punk has turned to pure pop. But stick around through the bulk of After Laughter, released last Friday, and you’ll hear a familiar voice. Instead of those iconic Hayley Williams vocals, The album’s penultimate track features Aaron Weiss of Philly punk mainstays mewithoutYou on the mic. Continue reading →

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In Our Darkness, A Light Shines: mewithoutYou Celebrate 10 Years of Brother, Sister

mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

For a band that does an awful lot of protesting their own existence, mewithoutYou are doing pretty well for themselves, 15 years in. On Thursday night, they celebrated a record that begins and ends with “I do not exist,” turning 10 years old — no small feat when you think about it. This closed tautology of self-denial bookends indie punk classic Brother, Sister — and has become an anthem for those searching for something beyond the easy answers. While all of mewithoutYou’s work deals heavily in symbolism and clever turns of phrase, the album doubles down on philosophical questions and existential probing. Billed as “The Sun & the Moon Band,” mewithoutYou again shrugged off that troublesome self in order to play in secret at Boot & Saddle, a venue several orders of magnitude more humble than their usual digs for the special occasion. Continue reading →

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It sure looks like mewithoutYou is celebrating ten years of Brother, Sister (and maybe covering Rush?) at Boot and Saddle

mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Upper Darby art-punk favorites mewithoutYou have a good time with their anniversary celebrations — from the epic 10-year-anniversary tour celebrating their breakout album Catch For Us the Foxes to the more recent 15-year reissue of their debut EP, I Never Said That I Was Brave. When a band has been around long enough to cultivate this sort of legacy (and response from fans), it’s undeniably a positive thing — even as they continue releasing exciting new records.

But this fall is also the decade mile-marker for another mwY fan fave, 2006’s Brother, Sister, and today the band mysteriously tweeted about “The Son & The Moon Band” performing a 10-year anniversary album showcase at Boot & Saddle on Thursday, December 29th. Which, considering that “The Sun and The Moon” is a centerpiece track on the album, it certainly sounds like the Weiss brothers and their extended fam will be packing it in at the Boot for the end of the year. Continue reading →

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mewithoutYou celebrates 15 years with remastered debut I Never Said That I Was Brave

mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

mewithoutYou, believe it or not, have been around for 15 years. Yes, 1-5. And while this occasion sometimes calls for ballrooms and a quinceanera, these Upper Darby natives have chosen to celebrate by releasing a remastered version of their first EP, I Never Said That I Was Brave, headed by the band’s mastering staple Hans Dekline of Sound Bites Dog.

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Thy Friends Profanely Rage: mewithoutYou celebrates the long homecoming at Underground Arts

mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Thursday marked one year of mewithoutYou’s most recent record, Pale Horses, and what a year it’s been. When I interviewed frontman and songwriter Aaron Weiss last year before the record’s release, I distinctly remember him saying “Every time we finish one, I’m so grateful and I tell myself ‘never put yourself through that again.’” If there was ever a year that he would choose to lay it all down, this would have been it. Continue reading →