Thursday, July 9, 2009

mewithoutYou will be playing two NYC shows

mewithoutYou will be playing two NYC shows for their amazing new album, it’s all crazy! it’s all false! it’s all a dream! it’s alright. Produced by Daniel Smith (Danielson Familie) and Brian McTear (Mazarin, Matt Pond PA), it’s all crazy follows where the mwY’s last album, Brother, Sister, leaves off with a series of meditations on forgiveness, love, death, and the illusions of self. Frontman Aaron Weiss is deeply influenced by the writings of Sufi mystic Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, which inspired the album’s title and the much of the songs. It’s all Crazy! also finds mwY taking a creative leap from their post-rock beginnings to deliver a deftly arranged, orchestrated group of songs that work as a concept album. The vocals and music are reminiscent of post-rock Decemberists and a nod to Neutral Milk Hotel with creative arrangements that combine heavy instruments (tubas), horns, cellos, and an orchestra of guest musicians to create a dazzling storybook sound.

Further demonstrating mewithoutYou’s values are their lifestyle both on and off the road. The band tours in a 40-foot converted charter bus that uses vegetable oil waste as fuel. Frontman Aaron Weiss is a full-fledged freegan who only from waste food that has been discarded by supermarkets and restaurants. He owns very few possessions: no car, home, computer or cell phone. Any money he acquires goes to charities or to help family. His whole way of life is to minimally consume resources and to avoid materialism, values that are palpable in his songwriting.
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Tour Dates:
Fri July 10 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Sat July 11 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
Sat Aug 15 - Lewisberry, PA @ Ski Roundtop

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