The Maybes? are a band from Liverpool, England playing music that could most predictably be described as indie-rock. The band are a four piece consisting of Nick Ellis, Timo Tierney, Lee Smith Nick Otaegui and Dominic Allen.
Formed in 2002 the band played in and around Liverpool and came to prominence on the local music scene through some interesting advertising techniques (see below).
Anfield and Kensington
The entire band grew up in the deprived Anfield and Kensington districts of Liverpool and all attended the city centre based Liverpool Community College, becoming friends before the band came into existence, an existence that singer Nick Ellis was very frank about.
He has since stated that the band partly came into existence ‘so that girls would come to watch them perform’. The band duly started gigging in and around Liverpool both gigging their own shows and supporting other bands.
Xtra Mile Recordings
In 2006, the band signed with London record label Xtra Mile Recordings releasing their debut recording Stop, Look and Listen in January 2006 on a split record release with North-East band DARTZ!
The record came as a 7” vinyl release as part of the Xtra Mile Single Sessions in early 2006, in which for a month, the label released two tracks by two bands every week. The bands first EP release Olympia also appeared in October 2006
Summer Music Festivals
The Matthew Street Festival, the biggest outdoor music festival in Europe, was headlined by the band (amongst others) in the summer of 2006 with the band re-appearing as a headlining act at the festival in 2007.
The band also played at the Knowsley Hall Music festival in 2007 appearing alongside The Coral, Joss Stone and The Who.
The band ended 2007 in the studio recording their debut album finishing the recording of what would become their first LP in early 2008.
Talk About You
The band then looked towards the road and embarked upon a nationwide tour performing a mixture of old and new material for audiences up and down the country.
This also involved appearing on national and local radio stations plugging their gigs and their new single Talk About You which was released as a download on 24 March 2008.
April 2008 brought the band the opportunity to start their own club night at Nation, the base from which Liverpool club night Cream was launched.
The night, called Sonic Temple, followed in the footsteps of fellow Liverpool bands like the Bandits and their legendary Liverpool club night The Bandwagon.
The summer of 2008 saw the band playing some of the big UK music festivals such as the Isle of Wight festival, V festival and the Reading and Leeds festivals.
The bands debut album The Promise was also released on 15 September 2008, receiving favourable critical reviews (Planet Sound gave it 9/10).
The band released two further singles from the album Boys and Summertime both available as a download.
New Album In Pipeline
The band announced that a new album would be released in 2010 but this record has yet to surface. The band also seems to have left their label Xtra Mile Recordings listing their record label status on Facebook as ‘unsigned’ and telling BBC Radio Merseyside DJ Dave Monks that they were ‘managing the release of the record themselves’.