MEWITHOUTYOU are back with their new album Ten Stories – a concept-album with eleven songs. Wait – this ain’t logical, right? It isn’t, but MEWITHOUTYOU never were a band that gone the easy way. For me they always were a very important band, no matter if [A–>B] Life (2002), Catch For Us The Foxes (2004) or Brother, Sister – these albums are very special for me and contain all-time-favourite songs. When they released It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream It’s Alright in 2009 almost every fan was shocked, because MEWITHOUTYOU changed their style, sounded much more folky and talked about animals. I loved it (after I listened to the album several time) anyway. Now – in the year 2012 – they released Ten Stories, an album which sounds much more like “the ol” MEWITHOUTYOU, less folky but more post-rock/hardcore/whatever than ever.
What they seem to have learned is that animals often are the better humans, sometimes they are even worse of course. But one thing is for sure: they are much more authentic. Quite like George Orwell told. So why not recording a concept-album that tells stories about circus animals that survived a train-crash in the year 1878 – somewhere in the backlands of Montana? Sounds crazy? Sounds like MEWITHOUTYOU, because they did it! Post-catastrophic story-tellers they are! “They’re not quite children’s songs,” vocalist Aaron Weiss explains, “with not quite coherent storylines, but there is an overarching and kind of child-like narrative: a circus train crashes in 19th century Montana. Some animals escape, others stay in their cages. The traveling menagerie re-rails, stays its course, and struggles to fill in the missing attractions. Meanwhile, freed from institutionalized life, the rice-cake rabbit takes to a peripatetic fortune-teller, the monastic walrus is tempted by a hedonistic owl, a fish falls for an eggplant. Other songs describe a contemplative Fox’s prophetic dream, a starving Bear’s vision of a martyred saint, and an indecisive Peacock & gnostic Tiger learning the virtues of megalomania from an ego-annihilated Potter Wasp.”
Ten Stories starts with the song February 1878 – the title reminds on January 1979 from Catch For Us The Foxes. The song introduces to the story and the journey begins. A journey everyone should join, a story everyone should listen to at least one time. Without any doubt, Ten Stories is our album of the week. “All circles presuppose their end where they begin, but only in their leaving can they ever come back around. All circles begin with an end, they come back around. They come back around again.”
Standing ovations for this amazing story, album, music – simply everything. Thank you MEWITHOUTYOU, I never want to be without you! And finally it is what I wished for: they got back to playing the music I loved them for. Something no other band does – simply because it is something only this band can do!
rock / indie / post-hardcore
from Philadelphia, USA