The Maine Upbeat Ahead of Aussie Visit

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Originally posted on Music Insight:

American rockers The Maine will return to Australian shores this month for their first headline tour in support of new album American Candy, and they couldn’t be happier about it.

The Arizona natives were last here in 2013 supporting fellow American rock outfit Anberlin.

Guitarist Kennedy Brock told Music Insight having local bands like Sydney-based With Confidence join them for their Australian leg added a sense of camaraderie that tied everything together nicely.

“It’s always going to be cool to have people who know what to do in the cities and bring some people, who wouldn’t have listened to us prior to that, to the shows. Overall, we are excited to have some locals,” Brock said.

We’ve been super busy the past few years, so the opportunities we’ve had to get to Australia have been limited. Anytime we’ve been able to open up space we’ve been thinking about it and this just finally worked well.

We’ve been super busy the past few years, so the opportunities we’ve had to get to Australia have been limited. Anytime we’ve been able to open up space we’ve been thinking about it and this just finally worked well.

Brisbane’s Set The Record, Sydney’s Far Away Stables and Melbourne’s Maefire will also be joining them in their respective cities.

The band’s fifth studio album American Candy is the highly anticipated follow-up to their 2014 release Forever Halloween, and continues to push their sound to extreme new heights.

“We wanted to make a more uplifting, upbeat record than our past release. We like to keep things fresh with our recordings and not do the same thing over and over again,” Brock said.

The band set out to Joshua Tree in the US to record the album, a move Brock said helped breathe new life and energy into the production.

“Forever Halloween we recorded live, and we didn’t really have the means to be able to do that on this record,” he said.

“We recorded on our own gear in a house that we had moved to.

“These past three records we’ve done have a mindset of doing exactly what we want to do with the music and not focusing too hard on how that’s going to be perceived.”

Brock revealed that frontman John O’Callaghan is the mastermind behind majority of their songwriting hits.

“It’s always kind of similar – John typically has an idea that we work off of, whether it be a vocal melody or some sort of guitar or piano riff that he’s fooling around with.”

To keep themselves from getting too attached to particular tracks, the band recorded the bare minimum before hitting the studio.

“We like to record real crappy demos, we set up one microphone in the middle of the room so that it can barely catch anything and imagine what certain things should be,” Brock said.

With only a few days before they rock out live on stage, we can safely assume the boys will give an unforgettable performance.

“Australia’s always treated us well so we’re excited to be back,” Brock said.

Tickets can be purchased at the Destroy All Lines website.

TOUR DATES:

Monday 30 November – The Brightside, Brisbane (18+)
Tuesday 1 December – The Factory Theatre, Sydney (Licensed all ages)
Wednesday 2 December – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne (18+)

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