The long-serving instrumental outfit will say goodbye in April
Almost a year exactly since they made their first-ever journey Down Under, UK-bred post-rock veterans Maybeshewill have announced that they will be "touring for the last time" in 2016, with a final show date set for London in April next year.
Although conceding they have "thought about calling this a hiatus or just saying things are over", the band have been unable to put a label on their decision since making it, instead taking to Facebook overnight (while we were all focusing on the spill) to unveil their plans to wind things up in a heartfelt social-media post.
"So, we have some sad news… Maybeshewill will be touring for the last time in 2016," the band wrote.
"When we started this band over a decade ago, it was just a bedroom project that we never really imagined playing live with. Every little thing we've achieved with it since then has been both a surprise and an incredible bonus.
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"The five of us have spent the last few years getting to tour the world, seeing some incredible places and meeting some of the finest people we could possible imagine meeting, both on and off stage. Being given the chance to do all this has been like living some sort of crazy dream for the majority of our adult lives, but eventually you have to return to reality. So I suppose that's what we're doing now."
The band's post acknowledges that the split — or cessation in activity, let's call it — isn't necessarily the most unanimous of decisions, despite "numerous personal reasons why this has to happen for some of us … but the nature of a band means that you have to find a solution which suits everyone".
However, all hope is not lost, as the post does leave room for the possibility for a future reunion, however unlikely that may seem for the members themselves right now.
"I think it's worth saying here that you will struggle to find five closer friends than you will in Maybeshewill," the band explained. "I can't see that ever changing.
"It's also impossible to imagine any of us stopping making music and there will definitely be more to come from some or all of us. We don't see another Maybeshewill record in our futures right now, but hopefully we will make music together again at some point.
"You can never say never."
As it stands, Maybeshewill will play their last show of their yet-to-be-finalised final tour at Koko, London, on 15 April 2016. Best start pinching those pennies, friends.
The band's last album was 2014's Fair Youth, their fourth LP in a career spanning 10 years. Check out In Amber, taken from that record, and read Maybeshewill's full farewell announcement below.