The Maine have been part of the pop rock scene for quite a few years now. The boys made their debut in 2007 with their EP ‘Stay Up, Get Down.’ Fast forward five years and three albums later and you’re almost listening to a completely different group. Just last year, the band’s direction took a huge turn, leading them down a path where singer John O’Callaghan’s crisp voice finds itself wrapped in a sound reminiscent of 90s alt-rock. Of course, to get to this current point in their musical career, the quintet had to try a few new things, one of which included independently releasing their latest album, ‘Pioneer.’ After opening with gentle arpeggiated guitar lines and O’Callaghan’s croon on “Identify,” the album takes listeners on an hour-long journey through the band’s life and hardships. What’s most noticeable about the effort is The Maine’s matured lyricism, showing that they have not only grown as artists, but people as well.
Currently on the North American leg of the Pioneer World Tour, drummer Pat Kirch and guitarist/vocalist Kennedy Brock sat down with us before The Maine’s opening show in Austin, TX. The guys filled us in on their writing process, the story behind the man on the cover of ‘Pioneer,’ and going the independent route.
Pick up The Maine’s latest album, Pioneer.
For the band’s upcoming tour dates, check out their Facebook page.