The Maine Brings The Nostalgia To Worcester’s Palladium
The rock outfit from Arizona is currently bringing their “Modern Nostalia” tour across the U.S. The band announced earlier this year they would be playing their most recent studio efforts Lovely Little Lonely and American Candy back to back in their entireties. It’s brave and bold move that not many artists can pull off. While the trend of playing in their entirety is very en vogue right now, it’s mainly celebrating anniversaries of the album’s release. But the Maine pulls it off with a stellar performance.
The stage is set up like a bandstand out of the 50’s. The curtains reflect colors of red, white, and blue which are themes of each album. The band launches into “Don’t Come Down”, the first track off of Lovely Little Lonely and the night takes off. Singer John O’Callaghan commands the crowds attention with his energetic showmanship, guitarist Jared Monaco launches into the opening riff and the crowd goes wild. It’s clear the fans have done their homework by the way they’re screaming the lyrics.
The band is dressed in all matching suits of white. After the first song, John loses the jacket and wastes no time getting into it. “Bad Behavior” is next and the crowd is jumping and screaming. The guitar duo of Jared and Kennedy Brock gets the crowd moving. Although the song has been a setlist staple since their spring tour, the fans still go crazy over it.
The band plows through song after song with very little fan interaction. Mainly due to the fact that band has two albums to play but also the fact that the album itself flows seamlessly into each song. Perhaps the most impressive part is how the band handles the interludes on the album. While most would’ve used a backing track of sorts, the band plays each interlude through to give fans the full effect of the album. Now that’s dedication.
The band has slowly been introducing Lovely Little Lonely tracks throughout their previous tour but only in handfuls. Certain songs hadn’t been played live yet such as “The Sound of Reverie”, “Only Wanna Talk To You”, and mentioned “Don’t Come Down” but the band hits every note. John O’Callaghan has never sounded better vocally and Monaco’s seamless guitar solos have every note ring and shine all on their own.
The band closes out the first set with “How You Do Feel?” a song that’s become a fan favorite and the most recent single from the album. The crowd jumps and dances as drummer Pat Kirch’s pounds his drum kit to get the crowd dancing. The band then heads backstage for a brief intermission before American Candy.
The band returns to the stage all dressed in matching blue suits (the color theme of the album) and launches into the fan favorite “Miles Away”. It’s clear the crowd still has their energy to keep up with the band.
John then slows things down for song when the band plays their emotional “24 Floors” to which the singer dedicates the song to those who are struggling with internal dilemmas and demons of their own. The ballad resonated with many when it was first released and it’s a song that seemed to resonate with many that night.
Within an instant, the crowd is picked back up with a string of rockers “Diet Soda Society”, “Am I Pretty?”, and “(Un)Lost” get the crowd back on their feet again. The band ends the night on the ever popular “Another Night On Mars”. At the end of the song, the mic cut out for a brief moment, but the band and crowd continued to sing through it, almost unphased.
The Maine’s “Modern Nostaglia” tour proves to be a night to remember. The band has never sounded better and while some may shake their head at the notion of playing your two most recent studio efforts, the crowd didn’t seem to care and the response of fans singing to the deepest cuts proves the Maine is doing something right in their career.