The Maine (band)

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The Maine in 2012
Background information
Origin Tempe, Arizona, U.S.
Years active2007–present
  • John O'Callaghan
  • Kennedy Brock
  • Jared Monaco
  • Garrett Nickelsen
  • Pat Kirch
Past members
  • Alex Ross
  • Ryan Osterman

The Maine is an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona. Formed in 2007, the group consists of lead vocalist, guitarist and pianist John O'Callaghan, lead guitarist Jared Monaco, bass guitarist Garrett Nickelsen, drummer Patrick Kirch, and rhythm guitarist Kennedy Brock.

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Tempe, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Tempe, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with the Census Bureau reporting a 2017 population of 185,038. The city is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Tempe is located in the East Valley section of metropolitan Phoenix; it is bordered by Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west, Scottsdale and the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community on the north, Chandler on the south, and Mesa on the east. Tempe is also the location of the main campus of Arizona State University.


Their first release, the Stay Up, Get Down extended play, was released in 2007, followed by the five-song EP, The Way We Talk , on December 11, 2007. The band's first full-length studio album, Can't Stop Won't Stop , was released July 8, 2008. Their second full-length album, Black & White , was released on July 13, 2010, which sold 22,634 copies in its first week. On December 6, 2011, their third studio album, Pioneer , was released and it peaked at No. 90 on the Billboard 200. [1] Their fourth full-length record, Forever Halloween , was released on June 4, 2013, which reached No. 39 on the Billboard 200, as followed by its deluxe edition on June 17, 2014. Their fifth studio album, American Candy , was released on March 31, 2015. Lovely Little Lonely , their sixth full-length record, was released on April 7, 2017. You Are OK, their seventh full length record, was released March 29, 2019.

<i>Cant Stop Wont Stop</i> (album) 2008 studio album by The Maine

Can't Stop Won't Stop is the debut studio album by American rock band The Maine.

<i>Black & White</i> (The Maine album) 2010 studio album by The Maine

Black & White is the second album by The Maine and was released on July 12, 2010. The album features singles "Inside of You" and "Growing Up". It debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 with 22,634 copies sold in its first week.

<i>Pioneer</i> (The Maine album) 2011 studio album by The Maine

Pioneer is the third full-length studio album by The Maine. The album sold over 12,000 copies in its first week, debuting at number 90 on the Billboard 200.


Beginnings, Stay Up, Get Down, and The Way We Talk (2006–07)

Bassist Garrett Nickelsen and drummer Patrick Kirch had been playing in local bands together, and when one of them disbanded in 2006, they opted to start over with a new name and sound. Singer John O'Callaghan joined soon after auditions - with no prior vocal experience - along with guitarists Alex Ross and Ryan Osterman, officially forming The Maine in January 2007. [2] Together, they released the EP Stay Up, Get Down . Months later Osterman left the band and was replaced by Kennedy Brock, and Alex Ross was replaced by Jared Monaco. The Maine signed to Fearless Records and on December 11, 2007, they debuted a five-song EP entitled The Way We Talk , produced by Matt Grabe. [3]

Fearless Records American record label

Fearless Records is a record label that was founded in 1994. Fearless is based in Culver City, California, and are best known for their early pop punk moments captured in the Fearless Flush Sampler and Punk Bites releases, as well as additional releases by bands such as Bigwig and Dynamite Boy, and later Sugarcult, Plain White T's, The Aquabats, Amely and post-hardcore releases by At the Drive-In and Anatomy of a Ghost. However, the label has experimented with different styles in recent years. Acts like Blessthefall, The Word Alive, Ice Nine Kills, Mayday Parade, Pierce The Veil, and The Color Morale have showcased post-hardcore, metalcore and alternative rock bands that have emerged in recent years. Fearless Records' releases are currently distributed nationwide by RED Distribution, but after Concord Music Group take-over, they'll be distributed by Universal Music Group.

Matt Grabe is a record producer based out of Los Angeles, California. Matt studied audio engineering at The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. Upon finishing his studies, he became a member (guitar/piano) of Equal Vision Records artist Alive In Wild Paint. He now is in the studio full-time recording artists and composing television commercials.

Can't Stop Won't Stop and ...And a Happy New Year (2008–09)

The Maine performing at Warped Tour in Charlotte, NC on July 23, 2009 The Maine performing at Warped Tour.JPG
The Maine performing at Warped Tour in Charlotte, NC on July 23, 2009

The Maine's first full-length album, Can't Stop Won't Stop, was produced by Matt Squire [4] and was released in the summer of 2008, just before the band toured with Good Charlotte and Boys Like Girls. In the fall of 2008, The Maine and We the Kings supported The Academy Is... on their tour in the United Kingdom.

Matt Squire is an American multi-platinum record producer, audio engineer, mixing engineer, and songwriter. His production, songwriting, and mixing credits include Underoath, Panic! at the Disco, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Kesha, One Direction, Bea Miller, Krewella, Sum 41, Simple Plan, All Time Low, Good Charlotte, 3OH!3, Boys Like Girls, The Used, and Taking Back Sunday.

Good Charlotte American alternative rock band

Good Charlotte is an American rock band from Waldorf, Maryland, that formed in 1996. Since 1998, the band's constant members have been vocalist Joel Madden, guitarist and vocalist Benji Madden, bassist Paul Thomas, guitarist and keyboardist Billy Martin, while drummer Dean Butterworth has been a member of the band since 2005. After a four-year-long hiatus, the band announced its comeback on November 3, 2015. The band has released seven studio albums: Good Charlotte (2000), The Young and the Hopeless (2002), The Chronicles of Life and Death (2004), Good Morning Revival (2007), Cardiology (2010),Youth Authority (2016), and Generation Rx (2018), as well as two compilations: Greatest Remixes (2008) and Greatest Hits (2010).

Boys Like Girls band

Boys Like Girls is an American pop rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. Formed in 2005, the group gained mainstream recognition when it released its self-titled debut album. Boys Like Girls was the co-headliner with Good Charlotte for the Soundtrack of Your Summer Tour 2008 that toured across the United States. The group's second studio album Love Drunk, was released on September 8, 2009.

The band's next release was a holiday EP in December 2008 titled ...And a Happy New Year , produced by Matt Grabe. [3] The EP included three new original tracks and a cover of the Wham! song "Last Christmas". In 2009, the band signed to Warner Bros. Records. [5] In February 2009, The Maine and We the Kings headlined the 'Secret Valentine' tour, along with The Cab, VersaEmerge and There For Tomorrow. Furthermore, in July, the band performed on the Vans Warped Tour, a popular touring music festival.

<i>...And a Happy New Year</i> 2008 EP by The Maine

...And a Happy New Year is a Christmas EP by the band The Maine. On December 4, 2008, the EP was announce for release. The EP was free for those that pre-ordered the deluxe edition of the band's debut album, Can't Stop Won't Stop. In addition, "Santa Stole My Girlfriend" was made available for streaming on the group's PureVolume account, while "Ho Ho Hopefully" was made available for streaming through the band's Myspace profile. The EP was made available for streaming on December 7 and was released on December 9 by Fearless Records.

Wham! English pop duo

Wham! were an English pop duo consisting of George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, formed in London in 1981. They became one of the most commercially successful pop acts of the 1980s, selling more than 30 million certified records worldwide from 1982 to 1986. Influenced by funk and soul music and presenting themselves as disaffected youth, Wham's 1983 debut album Fantastic addressed the United Kingdom's unemployment problem and teen angst over adulthood.

Last Christmas 1984 song by Wham!

"Last Christmas" is a song by English pop duo Wham!, released on Epic Records in December 1984, on a double A-side with "Everything She Wants". It was written and produced by George Michael, and has been covered by many artists since its original release.

Black and White (2009–10)

On July 13, 2010, The Maine released its second full-length album, Black & White, produced by Howard Benson. [6] In November 2010, while on the Harmony tour, The Maine and Never Shout Never had fans gather canned foods to help those in need. As a 'thank you' gift, both acts released a split EP titled Split - EP. On December 27, 2010, The Maine released the LP "In Darkness and in Light Box Set" on iTunes.

Howard Benson is an American music producer and multi-instrumentalist. Benson was nominated for the Producer of the Year Grammy Award in 2007 and 2008.

Never Shout Never American band

Never Shout Never was an American pop rock band formed in Joplin, Missouri in 2007. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Christofer Drew, bassist Taylor MacFee, and drummer Hayden Kaiser. The group has released six full-length albums and nine EPs. The name "Never Shout Never" originally referred to Drew until the touring band, previously referred to as "The Shout", joined Drew to form "Never Shout Never" as a band with Drew as front man.

In Darkness and in Light is a 2011 short film distributed by Warner Bros., scripted by Ian Kintzle, from a story by Kintzle and John O'Callaghan, and directed by James Sullos and Mike Jones. The film is packaged with a boxset of music from the American rock band The Maine, and is sold exclusively on iTunes.

The band embarked on their first headlining tour in 2010, An Evening with The Maine.

Pioneer (2011–12)

In February 2011, The Maine set off on an international tour that began in the Philippines. From there, the members traveled to Australia and performed at Soundwave. They re-joined Never Shout Never for a European tour culminating in the U.K.. In April 2011, the band co-headlined a U.S. tour with Augustana, lasting from early May to June 18, 2011. [7] The band toured with Taking Back Sunday and Bad Rabbits in October 2011.

In mid-2011, the band confirmed that it is working on a new album titled Pioneer. During this time, The Maine had been playing 3 new previously unreleased songs on tour and performed one live exclusively for Fuel. TV, "Don't Give Up on Us". [8]

The band announced via Facebook that it was to headline a tour in the fall of 2011 to promote its third studio album, Pioneer . The album features the popular songs "Don't Give Up On Us", "My Heroine" and lead single "Some Days". It was released on December 6, 2011 independently through Action Theory Records. [9] The album was available to pre-order officially on November 1, 2011. On the band's Facebook page, the song Don't Give Up On Us was offered as a free download. [10] In addition, the single Some Days was available for download on iTunes beginning November 15, 2011.

The band released a music video, "Misery," from its album Pioneer, on February 16, 2012. The band also released a cover of The Beatles' hit "With A Little Help From My Friends" on Spotify. The song was recorded along with touring mates, American alternative band, Lydia and, Canadian indie-rock band, Arkells.

On September 11, 2012, The Maine re-released Pioneer as "Pioneer and The Good Love". The album, released via Rude Records, contains 6 previously unreleased tracks. They also released an EP version of the unreleased tracks under the name of “Good Love“.

Forever Halloween and Imaginary Numbers (2013–14)

On April 12, 2013, the band announced that their fourth studio album Forever Halloween would be released on June 4, 2013. The album was released independently in the US in partnership with their management team 8123, via Universal Music in Canada, and Rude Records in Europe, UK, Australia and Japan. It sold over 10,000 copies in its first week, debuting at number 39 on the Billboard 200. [11]

"Happy" was the first single of the album released on April 15, 2013, followed by "Love and Drugs" which was released with a lyric video on May 6, 2013. The third single "These Four Words" was released on the same day as the album, with an official music video that premiered on YouTube and Vevo. [12] The single-shot video was directed by Daniel Gomes and the song is what frontman John O'Callaghan called the “most revealing song [he] has ever written”. [13]

On November 5, 2013, The Maine announced via that they would be releasing a five-song acoustic EP titled Imaginary Numbers on December 12, 2013. [14] The first song from the EP, "Raining in Paris" was released November 5 via YouTube with a lyric video. [15] Imaginary Numbers was released on December 10, 2013.

The Maine later released a deluxe edition of Forever Halloween on June 17, 2014, containing five new tracks.

American Candy (2015–16)

The band released their fifth studio album titled American Candy on March 31, 2015.

The first single from the album, English Girls, dropped February 11, 2015 with a debut at #17 on the iTunes Alternative Chart. [16] The second single from the album, "Miles Away" debuted at #16 on the iTunes Alternative Chart on March 10, 2015. Verity Magazine infers, "Miles Away" is a more relaxed and laid back track, but nonetheless, you'll still want to get up and dance. The last song they released, "English Girls" was very upbeat and just spilling positive vibes, which is quite a stark contrast to their slower and darker previous album Forever Halloween. From the two tracks released so far, this album is sounding more like older albums from The Maine like Pioneer and Black and White". "Same Suit, Different Tie" was released via SoundCloud the day before the album was set to release. In order to celebrate the release of the album, The Maine hosted "24 Hours of American Candy", where they live streamed their activities on the release day of American Candy.

The tour for this album took place in Spring 2015 with Real Friends and Knuckle Puck and The Technicolors. [17]

The band were on the main stage for the entirety of the 2016 Vans Warped Tour, announcing that this would be their last tour before they headed into the studio to record their sixth studio album, scheduled for release in 2017. [18]

The Maine released Covers (Side A) in December 2015, followed by Covers (Side B) in June 2016, each containing 3-4 covers of popular songs [19] .

Lovely Little Lonely (2017–2018)

Lovely Little Lonely, was released on April 7, 2017. The first single from the album, "Bad Behavior", was released on January 19, 2017. The second single, "Black Butterflies and Deja Vu", was released on March 2, 2017. The Maine created and headlined the first 8123 Fest in honor of their 10-year anniversary. 8123 Fest was held in The Maine's hometown of Phoenix, Arizona at the Crescent Ballroom where 3,000 fans came together for the sold out festival.

Prior to the release of the album, The Maine announced their Lovely Little Lonely World Tour which would occur in Fall 2017.

You Are OK (2018–present)

On December 6, 2018, frontman John O’Callaghan tweeted that recording for their seventh album was complete. [20] The title of the album, You Are OK, was announced on January 16, 2019 along with the release of the lead single, "Numb Without You". [21] To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their first album Can't Stop Won't Stop , the band performed headlining sets on January 18 and 19, 2019, at their own music festival, 8123 Fest. [22] Mayday Parade, We the Kings and Real Friends also performed at the festival. [22]

The album is expected to be released on March 29, 2019. [21]

Musical style

The Maine's music style has generally been regarded as alternative rock, [23] [24] pop punk, [25] [26] pop rock, [27] emo pop , [25] and emo. [25]

Band members


The Maine (band)


Studio albums

Other media

Aside from recording music, The Maine has other projects it undertakes for its fans. The band has released three books, This Is Real Life, Black & White Keepsake Book, and Roads. This Is Real Life is composed of photos taken by the band's friend Dirk Mai as well as journal entries written by the band members during the 2009 Vans Warped Tour. Black & White Keepsake Book consists of photos and journals from the band members. Roads contains behind-the-scenes photos that Dirk Mai has captured as well as pieces of writing from the band members [28] . Later in 2010, lead singer John O'Callaghan collaborated with photographer Dirk Mai in the creation of Exaltation, a book containing 15 poems written by O'Callaghan complemented by nine accompanying photographs by Mai. John O'Callaghan released a book of poetry entitled Sincerely, John The Ghost in 2016 to accompany his solo EP of the same name.



AP Magazine Readers’ Awards

The Maine won Best Live Band 2010, [29] Black & White won Album of the Year 2010, and its song Inside of You won Best Song 2010. [30]

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2010Black & WhiteAlbum of the YearWon
"Inside of You"Best SongWon
The MaineBest Live BandWon

Rock Sound Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2017The MainePower Of Music AwardWon [31]

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