Album Review: Imaginary Numbers by The Maine

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51a7ymILOhL._SL500_AA280_Imaginary Numbers by The Maine

Record Label: Independent/8123

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release Date: December 10, 2013

Songs: 5
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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 five EPs: stay Up, Get Down, …And A Happy New Year,  In Darkness And In Light, Good Love and Imaginary Numbers. And 4 albums out: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Black And White,  Pioneer and Forever Halloween. 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).

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2013 is coming to a close (finally), and The Maine knows just how to end it–with a sad, mopey love song that listeners will love. I know for a fact that I love it, and this band never cease to amaze me with every piece of music that they manage to come out with.

Even after all this time (always! haha! Sorry, I’m reading HP) The Maine are still getting comfortable with their new sound. This shows in, Raining in Paris, where high notes are uncertain things for the vocalist, hence the shakiness of those few notes. Perfectly out of Key is a song that I have a hard time understanding and even liking. It’s weird in the sense of how stable it is. I do like the lyrics, their admirable and unique and the piano part is too sweet that I can’t even but once again, the vocals totally throw me off. John, Bro,

Moving on to the good parts, The Maines’ guitarists probably have some of the best riffs ever. Mostly in Room With No Windows and Visions where there’s a spot light to show off just how awesome they are. Also, Room With No Windows has a xylophone part! Do you understand how awesome that is? Super awesome! Visions has a nice bass as well that’s actually really prominent (finally, Garrett). The EP ends with Lovely Sad, which is a slow, very sweet ballad that has a beautiful piano solo.

Imaginary Numbers is an EP that, for the most part, is really solid. My favourite songs are Room With No Windows and Visions for sure. But I believe that The Maine can only go up from here.

3.5 Treble Clefs

3.5 Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Raining in Paris-3:47

2. Room With No Window-3:51

3. Perfectly out of Kay-3:51

4. Visions-4:22

5. Lovely Sad-6:25

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Song of the Week#14-Forever Halloween by The Maine (F Edition+Halloween Edition)

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This is a weekly meme that’s for the most part, the same as Song Of The Week except each week there will be for the alphabet/numbers! and it’s going to be updated once a week. This week’s edition is: F! But it’s also the Halloween Edition!

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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). Forever Halloween is off of their album, Forever Halloween.

Happy Halloween! Get your costumes out! Try to scare the crap out of little children and most of all! DON’T FORGET THE CANDY! Gosh, how I love candy. Because I do love it. Like, a lot and could probably eat it everyday for the rest of my life if I could. But anyway, this is a song by my favourite band. It’s all about Halloween and going back to a time where you could pretend to be anything you wanted and be a kid.

My favourite part is:

Kids in costumes
Dressed like Kings and Queens
Little monsters
Walking down my street
In this place I’ll
Be anything but me
So you be brave and
I’ll still be eighteen

So just this once
Yeah just for now
yeah you can be anything
Anything in the world
And darling don’t
Don’t you start to scream
It doesn’t mean anything
It’s just make believe

You can listen to Forever Halloween here.

Lyrics here.

Album Review: Forever Halloween by The Maine

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Forever Halloween by The Maine

Record Label: Independent/8123 Eighty One Twenty Three

Genre: Alternative Rock (with a little bit of pop)

Release Date: June 4, 2013

Songs: 12
Forever Halloween - The Maine

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 4 albums out: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Black And White,  Pioneer and Forever Halloween. 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).

(My Opinion)

There’s just so much that I love about Forever Halloween. Actually, there is so much that I love about The Maine, really. But this isn’t about how they’re my favourite band or about how they’re so nice and funny. This is about their newest album and how much is fucking rocks. And about how much they have grown as a band, which is evident with this album. They’re a lot more confident with their sound and the direction they want their music to lead to which is one of the reasons why I love Forever Halloween. 

Unfortunately, I don’t really like Fucked Up Kids because I feel like it falls flat especially at the chorus, the drums and guitar seem to be on completely different pages and parts are done a bit sloppily. And although I love Run and it’s one of my favourite songs off of Forever Halloween the transitioning between the chorus and the verse could have been smoother, it’s rushed and a little too sharp.

Fortunately, I love everything else about this album. The guitar duet in Kennedy Curse is phenomenal, it’s dark and haunting in a good way. Hopefully we’ll hear more of it on their next album. Birthday In Los Angeles is a bit different from the rest of the songs because of the song structure and sound. It doesn’t necessarily have the same chorus every time, it changes a bit and the lone ukulele accompanying John’s voice is really delicate and soft. With Blood Red there is an echo coming off of all the instruments and vocals that really compliments the song and the creepiness that is intended for it. I also love the use of different percussion instruments and clapping, etc. that are enclosed in songs, Blood Red, Happy, and Take What You Can Carry. Also, These Four Words compared to You Left Me, This Is The End, and, I’m Sorry is a lot darker and sadder with only the piano to emphasis just how sad and broken the song is meant to be. It’s beautiful and heart-wrenching which I think makes the song that more great. (Also, I can’t take this song very seriously because of the line: “I really should just go home and play with myself”. It’s too funny!)

Forever Halloween is pretty much gold. Every song has its own creepy, cool, unique theme to it that comes together to make this album a whole with a Halloween feeling. Off of the album my favourite songs are: Run, Blood Red, Kennedy Curse, Love & Drugs and Happy. But I love almost all of them. I recommend this album to everyone, especially people who love alternative rock and people who love creepy, Halloween-like music and everything in-between.

4.5 Beautiful Treble Clefs

4.5 Beautiful Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Take What You Can Carry-3:03

2. Love & Drugs-3:38

3. Run-3:38

4. White Walls-4:20

5. Happy-2:45

6. Birthday In Los Angeles-3:17

7. Blood Red-3:17

8. Kennedy Curse-3:39

9. Sad Songs-3:15

10. Fucked Up Kids-4:34

11. These Four Words-4:06

12. Forever Halloween-4:06

Album review: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop by The Maine

images (1)Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop by The Maine

Record Label: Fearless Records

Genre: Pop/Punk

Release Date: July 8, 2008

Songs: 13
Can't Stop Won't Stop - The Maine

 

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).

(My Opinion)

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.

4 awesome Treble Clefs

4 Awesome Treble Clefs

 

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

 

Favourite Album Lyrics of The Week#3

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My favourite lyrics from the albums that I’ve listened to during the week. Leave a comment telling me what your favourite lyrics are!

Appeal To Reason by Rise Against 

ATRFinal Favourite Lyrics:

1. A hero of war is that what they see

Just medals and scars, so damn proud of me

And I brought home that flag, now it gathers dust

But it’s a flag that I love, it’s the only flag I trust
(Taken from, Hero Of War)

2. 1000 miles away
There’s nothing left to say
But so much left that I don’t know
We never had a choice
This world is too much noise
It takes me under
It takes me under once again
I don’t hate you
I don’t hate you, no

(Taken from, Savior)

Close The Distance by Go Radio

go-radio-Close-The-Distance-2012-album-coverFavourite Lyrics:

1. And did you ever dream
You were something great
That you changed a life
Weren’t so afraid
That none of the colors we know fade

(Taken from, The Ending)

2. Go to hell if you’re reading this and I’m not here
Take your someone else and let me make this crystal clear that,
That I don’t need your help and I’m okay by myself
You can go to hell

(Taken from, Go To Hell)

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop by The Maine

images (1)Favourite Lyrics:

1. Love is a luxury
She said “I’d rather be in love than dead”
But now it’s her, oh God now it’s her
She’s the type of girl who makes love… hers

(Taken from, This Is The End)

2. She could be money, cars, fear of the dark
Your best friends are just strangers in bars
Where ever she is, who ever she may be
One things for sure,
You don’t have to worry
She could be rainy days, minimum wage
A book that ends with no last page
Who ever she is, who ever she may be
One things for sure,
You don’t have to worry

(Taken from, Whoever She Is)

3. I’m falling in love
But it’s falling apart
I need to find my way back to the start
When we were in love
Things were better than they are
Let me back into…
Into your arms.
Into your arms.

(Taken from, Into Your Arms)

Devil by Lydia

Lydia-Devil-200x200Favourite Lyrics:

1. I really do hate that place
Because I think about her all my days
I’ve got to laugh it all off, laugh it off, baby.
She says, “Darling just shave your face, so we can be on our way.”
I might go my own way

(Taken from, Holidays)

2. She, she hates winter and apologies.
I found her swimming out in the sea.
You know, yeah, you know what I mean.
La da da da da da da.
But oh, I know where you’re going,
and no, no it’s not too slowly.
But you gotta tell me,
what’s it gonna be? Hey.

And she looked right at me, and said,
“God, I love how you say that.
Sounds so epic.”
She says, “all your friends will be waiting,
so just come back, back to bed.”

(Taken from, Back To Bed)

3. So if you have to think about it?
Just think about it real slow
We’re on a mission for the devil,
Even if it breaks some bones
It’s blue and red as far as I can see
I know you’re going to find that devil
But you’ll need some company

Happy are we, in our own world
Happy are we, bare bones my girl

(Taken from, Devil)

Good Love (Pioneer B-Side) By The Maine

5/5-Finally! New music by The Maine. The maine knows exactly how to get everyone excited for new music and actually deliver what they have promised. New, funky, easy to sing along to tunes about life and love. When I saw them in concert and bought a bracelet, it read, good love will find me. I didn’t know what it meant until I found a bad quality YouTube video of them playing that song. Thank god they recorded a better version because it’s an amazing song.

(About The Band)

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 3 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).

Songs on the EP (click the title to listen to them!)

1. I Want You– 3:51

2. I’m Leaving– 4:15

3. You’ll Never Know– 3:53

4. Goodbye– 3:28

5. Take Me Dancing– 5:06

6. Hello World– 3:37

7. Good Love– 5:15

There isn’t one song that I don’t like or enjoy off of this. Everything is just great.

This EP is by far my favourite out of all the Eps just because they know exactly what they want, and John’s voice is steady and confident now. I love how the beat and how it starts off slow but easily quickens while everything else is still in synch. If you loved their Pioneer album then you will definitely love this EP.

Song Of The Day#25-I’m Sorry By The Maine

 

 

 

My favourite band of all time. This song has to be one of my favourite songs out of all of their songs because it’s just so good and the lyrics are so easy to sing to without it feeling like I’m forcefully singing. Everyone, just go listen to every song on Pioneer by The Maine because I love all those songs. Now anyway.

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 3 EPs and 3 albums out. Their fourth EP, Good Love, will be for sale on Tuesday (tomorrow). I’m Sorry is off of the maine’s third album, Pioneer.

I’m Sorry is a song about fucking up a lot and needing someone to be there for you. And its the same person every time, no matter how many times you’ve screwed that person over, they’re still there for you. It’s about needing to clean up your act and be a better person to them instead of the shitty one you’ve been for so long.

My favourite part is:

I’m sorry,

I’m not what you wanted.

I’m sorry,

I’m sorry I let you down.

I could use some poor excuse,

cause the hardest thing to say,

Oh, it’s the hardest thing to say in the world

is I’m sorry.

You can listen to I’m Sorry by The Maine Here.

Lyrics are Here.

You can also listen to Coast Of Maine By Ivory Here.

Lyrics are Here.