The future is so uncertain! He's talking about getting a band again. It'll be interesting to see what happens. If the performance changes I'm glad I got the opportunity to see a solo show.
I've thought about this since working on the article. As a relative newcomer to John Maus I've only seen one live show so far, which I thought it was amazing - as far as I'm concerned he can go on doing that, and no complaints from me. I mean, apart from the fact that he's obviously giving it his everything, the man can sing! Harmonies! What's there not to love? But
, if he himself is getting sick of doing that and he wants to try something else, then why not? There are interesting ways of doing electronic music live, and keeping it energetic. There's a Berlin band, friends of mine, who do electronic pop music and they play what they can live and the rest comes from tape - alongside JM, I rate their sets as some of the most engaging I've been to (and the main vocalist tends to hit himself in the face as well, ouch. I don't like that). I went to a DAF gig a couple of years ago where everything came from tape except the vocals, and the drums - another brilliant gig. Or, Depeche Mode before their current rock star incarnation, when they used to play keyboards and electronic drums and whacked the shit out of programmed pads - that would be worth a journey back in time to see live rather than on video. So, I am not opposed to John touring with a band per se but - unless his music changes drastically - the way to go would be to chune into the electronic sensibility (or language or whatever you want to call it) and have proper live keyboard playing. Man, I'd pay good money to see John play the keyboards - for part of the show, not all of it, I would still want to see him jumping around etc. (and hitting himself, less so, again - ouch!).
I guess the one thing that would really turn me off would be if John opted for a traditional rock-style band - but I trust his ongoing exploration of, quoting loosely, a contemporary language and its radical use, enough for him not to start turning into a dad-rocker.