For only being together two years, The Maine has done something that many would have thought impossible or improbable in such a short amount of time. Members John O’Callaghan, Kennedy Brock, Jared Monaco, Patrick Kirch and Garrett Nickelsen started making music together right after high school. Using Myspace, the pop-punk group from Tempe, Arizona released their first self-produced EP entitled Stay Up, Get Down in May of 2007, streaming it to millions of users on the web. The release helped secure them a large fan base that was yearning to hear more from the five. Thus, The Maine teamed up with the folks from Fearless Records to produce another, more professional EP titled The Way We Talk in December of the same year.
Since then The Maine has moved on from internet streaming and has secured their spot in the mainstream music scene. They’ve toured with bands such as We The Kings, All Time Low, Mayday Parade and Good Charlotte while also making an appearance on Vans Warped Tour 2008. On top of all the touring they released their first proper full-length studio album, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, in the summer of 2008. After listening to the album multiple times, once in curiosity and the rest for my own pleasure, I would say that the album is a reflection of what listeners have heard from them before and also a good taste of what they can expect in the future.
The catchy rhythms and clever lyrics on the album fuses their old and new sound together as one. The first singles, Everything I Ask For and Into Your Arms, are wonderful teasers that sample the more refined sound the band is trying to achieve. The rest of the songs are also very upbeat and infectious; I often sing random lyrical excerpts from their music to myself in everyday situations.
The harmony between the drums and guitars creates a perfect melodic backdrop for the vocals. Lead singer John O’Callaghan’s vocals are perfect for many of the upbeat songs on the album but also work well with slower songs such as Whoever She Is. His unique voice sets the band apart and makes listening to The Maine a different experience from listening to any other generic pop-punk band. Other notable songs on the album are Girls Do What The Want, Kiss and Sell, and We All Roll Along. I believe that The Main is not done climbing the ladder of success. Their hard work and love for music will keep them motivated in producing many more successful tracks and albums. They already spent the whole summer of this year co-headling on Vans Warped Tour and are getting ready to set out as an opening act for Boys Like Girls’ Love Drunk tour starting in Buffalo, New York on October 14th.