Growing Up Won't Bring Them Down


It has only been a little over one month into the New Year, and alternative rock group, The Maine, have already hit 2017 with full force. This is most definitely going to be an exciting year for them as well as to their fans. They may not be a new face in the music scene, but it will be exciting to see what these Arizona natives have in store for us all.

The Maine has been going non-stop since coming together in 2007. And the list of their accomplishments in the past ten years is far from lack luster. So far they have released five albums and their latest album “Lovely, Little, Lonely” is scheduled to be released in April of this year. Fans won't have to wait in anticipation much longer since their album is already available for pre-order. And for the people who cannot wait to hear new The Maine music, their first single, “Bad Behavior” off the new album has recently been released, so anyone can listen to it right now. And as of March 2, 2017, another track off the album “Black Butterflies & Déjà Vu” is available for streaming. 

Back in 2010, The Maine won Album of the Year for their album Black and White, and Best Song, “Inside Of You” at the Alt Press Magazine Readers’ Awards.

As if all of that wasn't enough, The Maine have an impressive list of how many times they have gone out on the road during the course of their career. They have opened for The Soundtrack of Your Summer Tour and The Compromising of Integrity, Morality and Principles in Exchange for Money Tour. They’ve co-headlined five times, two of those times alongside Mayday Parade. And throughout the years 2010-2015, they headlined ten of their own tours! This extensive list exclude the occasions that Vans Warped Tour has extended them an invitation, to which they accepted that invitation five times so far with three of those years being consecutive. The Vans Warped Tour is a very arduous undertaking so it is quite impressive how these men can withstand attending multiple years in a row.

Seeing how much they tour, it’s no surprise how they also won an award for Best Live Band in 2010. And The Maine show no signs of slowing down as they get back on the road starting February 9th of 2017, to promote their newest album.

Fans will be given the opportunity to experience one of the greatest things about The Maine - their storytelling. Lead singer, John O'Callaghan can take something as simple as diet soda and how long your hair is, and turn it into a lesson about life. Their lyrics have a sense of familiarity that make them easily relatable. “This one goes out to all my closest friends, the ones who make me feel less alien.” This pub-like song, “Another Night On Mars” sets a scene that you are surrounded by old friends that are always going to be there for you no matter what. And that's truly how this band makes listeners feel.

The Maine is just a group of guys that truly love music and that makes them easy to like. Even if they didn't make money or obtain fame from playing music, these guys would still be doing exactly what they're doing because it is part of who they are. Drummer, Pat Kirch once said, “If I have to work at McDonald's my whole life because this doesn't work out, like I am okay, I have to try.”

For John O'Callaghan the need to make music is for himself as much as it is for the fans. To him, self-expression is very therapeutic which is why The Maine has such an authentic sound. Their music and words come from a place of truth. No smoke and mirrors exist in the music created by this band, they speak on a level of rawness and realness. Like their song American Candy says, “Think back to a time when you loved what you loved because you loved it.”

Staying true to the mindset that they are playing because they love it shines through every note off every track they create.