Record Label: Fearless Records
Release Date: July 8, 2008
The Maine is an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona. Formed in 2007. The band was founded by Pat Kirch (drummer) and Garrett Nickelsen (Bassist) when they were still in high school. Even though they’re from Arizona, the name Maine comes from a song by a very respected band called, Ivory. They got their name from their song, The Coast Of Maine (great song as well). The Maine have four EPs: stay Up, Get Down, …And A Happy New Year, In Darkness And In Light and Good Love. And 3 albums out: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Black And White, and Pioneer. Members of the band are: John O’Callaghan (vocals), Jared Monaco (lead guitarist), Kennedy Brock (back up guitarist), Garrett Nickelsen (bass), and Pat Kirch (drums).
No one will ever fully understand just how much I love The Maine. They showed me what good music is. I remember when they just started out with their white van (that their fans got to sign because they’re so lucky!) and some of them were fresh out of high school. John was the crazy one who danced a lot (still does). Jared’s the quiet one who wanted everyone to do things. Pat and Garrett were the childish ones who always going wild. And Kennedy was the one who was very…weird, I guess. But I love them all because they make up my favourite band (plus all the people who have helped them along the way!) And the first song I ever listened to by them is off of this album and I swear that one song, Into Your Arms changed my life.
A lot of bands start off with a pop/punk sound before they move in other directions. The Maine seems to end their album with a techno tune called, The Way We Talk. This is a very repetitive song that I rarely ever listen to because of how annoying it is. Other songs like, Time To Go and You Left Me have a lot going on too. While the use of different sounds isn’t the problem, what is, is the way all of them collaborate with each other. Most of the tunes in, You Left Me play on top of each other rather than with each other. There are too many sounds to focus on just one with songs like these.
Every song on Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop are light, playful songs. Everything I Asked For, Into Your Arms, Whoever She Is, Kiss and Sell, and I Must Be Dreaming are all songs that mostly focus on romances and first loves that left you wanting more. The album jumps back and forth, keeping it interesting with songs, We All Roll Along, We’ll All Be…, and Girls Do What They Want that are more about fooling around, looking back at good memories and never wanting to grow up. I love the use of different instruments in We’ll All Be…, it sounds like a huge party and never gets old. John hits the high notes beautifully throughout this album while Pat keeps a steady beat that doesn’t overpower the tone of most songs. I like how the guitarists get a cool solo in This Is The End. I also like that I can easily distinguish the bass from the rest of the band. It doesn’t just blend in out stand out too much in most songs.
Overall, I recommend this album to everyone. My favourite songs are, Whoever She Is, Into Your Arms, This Is The End, and We’ll All Be… Even though it’s not perfect, it is a great album about first loves and good times that will keep everyone who listens reliving those memories that were made in their high school days.
Songs On The Album
1. Everything I Ask For-2:38
2. We All Roll Along-3:50
3. Girls Do What They Want-3:16
4. I Must Be Dreaming-3:04
5. Into Your Arms-4:11
6. Time To Go-2:55
7. This Is The End-2:54
8. Whoever She Is-3:41
9. Count ‘Em One, Two, Three-2:46
10. Kiss And Sell-3:05
11. You Left Me-3:38
12. We’ll All Be…-5:46
13. The Way We Talk-4:14