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mewithoutYou is an Alternative Rock Band (formerly) signed to Tooth and Nail Records, known for their spoken word vocals, introspective lyrics and almost hookless instrumentation. We could clarify more, but it gets tougher to with every album.


  • [A→B] Life (2002)
  • Catch for Us the Foxes (2004)
  • Brother, Sister (2006)
  • It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright (2009)
  • Ten Stories (2012)
  • Pale Horses (2015)
  • untitled (2018)


mewithoutYou provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Animal Motifs: Put in increasing use with each successive album. Notable examples are, of course, "The Fox, The Crow, and The Cookie," the Spider trilogy of songs on Brother, Sister.
    • Reaches its logical conclusion in Ten Stories, whose protagonists of the entire album are made up of at least three different animals.
  • Concept Album: Ten Stories, in a loose sense.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Another running theme reaching its absolute peak with "January 1979." Mostly averted with It's All Crazy! It's All False!
  • Excited Episode Title!: It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright!
  • Fading into the Next Song: Nearly every track on Ten Stories, to the point where it can be jarring when an individual track from the album comes up on shuffle.
    • Pale Horses does this as well.
    • Furthering the confusion, a typical album of theirs will have several songs that completely change tempo, rhythm, and/or melody midway through, feeling like two separate songs fused together into a single track.
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: Played with in "We Know Who Our Enemies Are." The song ends with a riff that slowly fades out, only to fade back in, before abruptly ending.
  • Genre-Busting: Is it post-rock? Is it folk pop? Is it indie rock? Is it hard rock? All these things and more, with a dressing of spoken-word lyrics.
    • Adding to the stew of genres, their earlier work is in the post-hardcore genre.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: The animals in Ten Stories may have wrecked the circus train, but the humans only show themselves to be less and less sympathetic as the album goes on.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ten Stories begins with Elephant performing one. It didn't end well.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The onion puns in "Julian the Onion."
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: In "Fiji Mermaid," Weiss quips, "Maybe there'll be a bakery hiring / We'll need a little dough to get by." There is an audible groan in the background, which is actually printed in the lyric sheet as well.
  • Kangaroo Court: One is set up for Elephant during "Elephant in the Dock."
  • Mythology Gag: "January 1979" begins with a crash. Three albums later, "February, 1878" opens with a circus train crashing.
  • New Sound Album: Its All Crazy! Its All False! Its All a Dream! Its Alright! is mostly acoustic with singing vocals and much more upbeat lyrical content.
  • Not Christian Rock: Sorta. In interviews Aaron Weiss — a Christian who takes inspiration from Sufism and other religious traditions — comments that his lyrics are almost entirely personal in nature, and not targeted toward any particular audience (religious or otherwise). Even so, his religious views are evident in almost everything he sings. In essence, the songs detail more the struggles and triumphs in a religious man's life rather than being anything like straightforward worship songs (though a few of those sneak in here and there).
  • Sequel Song: "Nice and Blue" from A→B Life, and "Nice and Blue, Pt. 2" from Brother, Sister.
    • Also "Bullet to Binary" from A→B Life and "Bullet to Binary, Pt. 2" from It's All Crazy! Its All False! Its All a Dream! Its Alright!
  • Single Stanza Song: "All Circles," the closing track from Ten Stories, only contains the lyrics "All circles presuppose they'll end where they begin / But only in their leaving can they ever come back 'round", with Hayley Williams' bridge paraphrasing them only slightly. Interestingly, the lyrics to this song are printed around the edge of the CD instead of in the lyric booklet.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: From "Fox's Dream of the Log Flume:"
    I asked her, "Did you ever have that recurring fantasy
    Where you push little kids from the tops of the ride?"
    She shook her head no
    I said "Oh, neither do I"
  • Tragic Hero: Ten Stories Elephant, in a sense.


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