Featured Artist: The Maine
The Maine formed in 2007 and hit the music scene right as the pop/punk phase was at the height of music. The band scored big with hits such as “Into Your Arms”, “Girls Do What They Want” and “Right Girl”. With just a few albums in, the band left the big corporate side of the music industry and formed their own 8123 music label and has been an “indie” band ever since.
The Maine has come a long way from their pop/punk sound. Their music and lyrics has matured over time just like they have. Their albums Forever Halloween, American Candy, and most recent release Lovely Little Lonely show them exploring and experimenting with elements of indie rock, 80’s pop, and alternative sounds.
The band is currently on the road with their “Modern Nostalgia” tour where they will be playing both Lovely Little Lonely and American Candy in their entireties. I recently sat down with drummer Pat Kirch before their show at the Palladium to discuss the band’s idea for the tour as well as what the future holds in store for the Maine…
M365: So you guys are about 2 to 3 weeks in the Modern Nostalgia tour, how’s it goin’?
Pat: It’s awesome! It’s just blowin’ by [laughs] it’s going so fast, I think today is the halfway point for the tour and it feels like we just got started
M365: What’s the response been like from fans?
Pat: It’s been great! We’re playing American Candy and Lovely Little Lonely our two most recent records in full. It’s a totally different show than just like a mixed setlist, we’re playing the albums in order so it’s a more fixed setlist. We don’t have much power over the energy of the show, it kind of feels more like a performance than anything for us. We just wanted to do something different. People are really liking it.
M365: What was the idea behind playing these two albums in their entirety?
Pat: I guess when we put out these two records the response has been so great. Fans have been saying “you should play more from these two” and we were just like “ok lets do all of them” [laughs]. A lot of our peers are doing anniversary tours and ten year anniversary tours and we feel really happy with where we’re at now. Not that we don’t enjoy our older records, we feel very proud of what we’re doing. Our fan base has been growing and growing and we feel like we want to celebrate now as opposed to looking back
M365; Were you worried about alienating fans who were big fans of the older stuff and not so much the newer stuff?
Pat: Not really, just because we’re being very clear about what it is. If they don’t want to see it they don’t have to come, you know? We play old songs on other tours throughout and we have through our career and we’re looking forward to going back to that
M365: Nostalgia seems to be the big theme with the most recent record did that just sort of happen or was it a conscious thing?
Pat: It just sort of happened. The name of the tour came from those songs, so we kind of took the name from those songs and I guess the name of the tour is a kind of push and pull. “Modern Nostalgia” which doesn’t necessarily make sense you know? But we feel that sense of excitement that people get for older bands and stuff that’s how we feel now so I think that was kind of the message we wanted to get across.
M365: Is it weird for you guys to have a fixed setlist every night?
Pat: It took a little bit to get adjusted to but we really like it. We’ve been a band for ten years so we have to do different things and keep it exciting for us and the fans. I think it would’ve been very boring if it was just “The Maine Fall Tour” it’s like we’ve done fuckin’ eight of those, you know? And then it’s spring tour and then summer tour so we were just like “lets push ourselves” there was a lot of songs we had to learn. There’s transitions on Lovely Little Lonely, it feels like the album doesn’t end so to bring those to the live show was a bit of a challenge but we wanted to see how far we could take it, you know?
M365: Was there ever talk of maybe doing an encore of some hits?
Pat: We would’ve done that if we were only doing one record but because we’re doing two, we just don’t have the time. Plus we’re playing 22 songs already and it wouldn’t really fit the theme, you know? We’re kind of celebrating now.
M365: Were there any songs that you hadn’t played live before and were apprehensive about playing or wondering how they would work live?
Pat: “Don’t Come Down”, the first track off of Lovely Little Lonely that was a bit of a challenge just because the timing of it is a little weird. We arranged it in the studio and we never played it as a band so practicing it was a little bit hard [laughs] and then some of the interlude stuff, we didn’t really know how that was going to go and that just took a few of us sitting in a room figuring it out. I think we found a really cool way to do it where it stays pretty true to what the record is but we change it up a bit.
M365: Do you guys have any surprise in store for fans next year?
Pat: We’re still kind of figuring that out. We’re going to be recording some music, not like new record or anything but just some older songs, b-sides, maybe some acoustic stuff. Once we have some time breathe and not be on a tour bus we’ll record some stuff [laughs]