Where do I begin? It’s really hard to open up a story about something so amazing, I just want to dig right into it and let my emotions flow.
It all started off when I met them in February 2011, The Maine was one of the acts for LIV3 show, and we came there for Never Shout Never and We The Kings. I haven’t heard about them since, and my first time hearing them live didn’t really make me a fan in an instant.
Fast forward to 2012, my sister and I were in another concert and they kept on playing Girls Do What They Want and Everything I Ask For while waiting for the show to start. We then figured out it was a song from The Maine and we started listening to them that moment.
Pioneer was their recent record when we started listening to them, and to be honest, it sounded very different from their previous records Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop and Black and White. Somehow we missed their boy-band/punk-rock vibe but as time passed, I started to appreciate its uniqueness and how well-thought Pioneer was. I can definitely say that Pioneer was a make or break for them, it’s either fans would love it or hate it. But turns out, everybody loved it and then came Forever Halloween. My favorites from this record are Identify, Some Days, Misery, When I’m at Home and Like We Did.
It was 2013, when they released Forever Halloween, a 12-track album where they showed how great they are as an independent artist. I don’t know how they did it, but it must be their passion to create music that sets them apart from others. My favorites from this record are Run, Love and Drugs, and F**Ked up Kids. Shortly after, they also released a Deluxe version of FH and my favorites are Ugly on the Inside and Bliss.
Then came 2015, I was graduating in college and American Candy was the best reward there is. American Candy was a subtle and smooth record for me. I mean, all of the songs in this track are amazing! Whenever I listen to this, it takes me back to the time when I celebrate with friends with our graduation and our board exams. My personal favorites for this record are English Girls, Am I Pretty?, (Un) Lost, and Another Night on Mars.
lovely little lonely
After two years, The Maine released their new record, Lovely Little Lonely. It is a 12-track album again, but it’s different than the other records they put out there. The beautiful transitions in this album are flawless especially in Lovely to Black Butterflies and Deja Vu. The vibe they put into this record feels very mature for me and at the same time, all the words will hit you right in the soul. I don’t know, but they really keep getting better over time. My favorites from this record are Bad Behavior, Black Butterflies and Deja Vu, Taxi, and How Do You Feel?
you are ok
This year, The Maine has released another record called You are OK. They never fail to give their fans quality music and content, which may be why they take two years to produce another one. For us fans, we always look forward to listen to their new music, and waiting for The Maine is always worth it. You Are OK for me is really timely, and it’s like a reminder that whatever hard spots you’re hitting, you’ll always get by. My favorites from this record are Slip the Noose, Numb Without You, and Flowers on the Grave.
the maine as a band
I’ve been a fan girl since I was 16, and I followed lots of artists since. But, I already outgrew most of them, mainly because they changed music, and it just doesn’t feel the same anymore. Apparently, with The Maine, it feels really different. It’s like, I want them to be part of my life and, yeah it may sound corny and very cheesy but it is how it is. I met a lot of awesome people because of them, I listened to their music while I was still studying in college, up until I finished school and became a licensed professional, and now that I am in the working class, I still listen to them. The Maine has been really a part of my life and somehow, I want them to be a constant.
What sets them apart is their passion for music, and giving their 100% to the people who supports them. The Maine also do not allow their fans to pay for meet and greets during their shows. I think they are the only band that I know who are like that. And I love them for that.