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Philadelphia, United States (2001 – present)

mewithoutYou is a band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that formed in 2001. They are known for their warbling vocal style and introspective lyrics of lead vocalist Aaron Weiss, as well as their prominent bass riffs and guitar.

The band was originally conceived as a side project. The Weiss brothers and Kleinberg were playing together in another band called The Operation (who released one album, 2001’s There Is Hope For A Tree Cut Down, on Takehold Records), but Aaron wanted to start another band to experiment with new sounds. After picking up Rick Mazzotta on drums and Ray Tadeo on bass, Kleinberg and the Weiss brothers released their first EP (I Never Said That I Was Brave) in 2001 and shortly thereafter signed to Tooth & Nail Records after a show at Cornerstone Festival the same year. An even earlier six song demo EP called Blood Enough For Us All has also surfaced, apparently having been recorded in 2000.

Around this time Tadeo had moved on, Daniel Pishock picked up as the bass player, and The Operation disbanded soon afterward. mewithoutYou’s debut full-length album, [A→B]: Life, was released in 2002. The band garnered more attention for their sophomore release, 2004’s Catch For Us The Foxes, which was produced by Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Fire Theft). In December of 2004 Pishock had made a decision to retire as the bassist for the band and former Operation frontman, Greg Jehanian, was selected to replace him. In 2005, mewithoutYou won mtvU’s “Left Field” award for most original artist. Their third album, Brother, Sister, again produced by Wood, was released on September 26th, 2006.

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  • DrSlump7

    When are they coming out with something new?

    3 Apr 8:35pm Reply
  • knight_88

    I miss their old sound!

    9 Mar 10:02pm Reply
  • formlessness

    Hey people, anyone want to do a mixtape exchange with me? Message me about it!

    7 Mar 7:57am Reply
  • ACA1985

    photos, setlists, and video clips from the show last night http://sonicawareness.net/post/78012080633/show-recap-touche-amore-mewithoutyou-nyc-2-26-2014

    27 Feb 3:57pm Reply
  • idkmynamesgab

    this band is absolutely incredible live

    26 Feb 7:18am Reply
  • sonofawidow

    Catch for Us the Foxes, no contest.

    14 Feb 10:07pm Reply
  • vincentcoia

    I would suggest listening to "Brother, Sister" first, but you can't really go wrong. All of their albums are fantastic and memorable.

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • plothead31

    I'd like to start listening to these guys, but don't know where to start. Is there an album you guys can suggest? Like, the kind of album you'd kill to listen to for the first time again?

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • fredrykrucket

    Well at least they definitely didn't write their own description.

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ShmoofingFabsee

    So are they coming to the UK at any point or...? Swear I've been waiting for four years.

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • moon-unit

    Silencer is incredible. Most bands are lucky to get one song like that out in their career..

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • x_joshua

    I absolutely love the song Silencer.

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Evilninja1337

    ....except they formed 3 years before La Dispute did.....

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • UMeInThePit

    La Dispute rip-off

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • FoolmeThrice

    brother sister is the best, period. wooooooooo

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • zygulpy

    I can't decide on a favorite album. I think right now it's Brother Sister, but I can't ignore It's all crazy. It's all so good, bluh.

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ChrisSucks

    Spoken-word inspired folk-acoustic project: Kaninchen.bandcamp.com/album/broke-up

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MyHeadOnAPlate

    mwY lyrics are certainly penetrative. It's interesting because, through all their metaphors and symbolism, they reach down to a really visceral level in the listener. I would definitely call Aaron Weiss a thinker, but his words stimulate emotion you might not naturally associate with the intellect. Higher or lower parts of the soul, I don't know, but mwY are grasping at something fundamental- and I'm certain that is an intention the band would be willing to own up to.

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • tsintskaro

    That's assuming that 'higher spirituality' is something apart from the stuff of life, the passions etc. I'm not convinced this is the case. Your conclusion is about yourself and based on your own assumptions and expectations of the band, their music, and their frontman. The greatest teacher in Christianity was homeless, lived in poverty, military occupation, a friend to drunks and prostitutes, and ended up beaten and hung on a cross. Somebody who spoke to the lower and higher parts of the soul, using everyday metaphors to illustrate what he wanted to communicate. What does 'the word made flesh' actually mean? mwY are a band, not a cloister and they've never been anything less than clear about that.

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • CaseyDeAnn

    Ok, here's my conclusion: mwY speaks to the lower parts of the soul, animal instincts, not higher spirituality (notwithstanding the members' personal spirituality, at whatever degree that may be).

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
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