the maine Archive
Formed in Arizona back in 2007, The Maine released their sixth studio album in the spring of 2017 — during their tenth year together as a band. Over the years, the band has been labelled as pop, alternative, rock, emo and every style in between. Now, The Maine continue to defy genre stereotypes with their newest album and independent release, Lovely Little Lonely. First single and alt-radio track, “Bad Behavior” dances its way into your head and in true pop fashion, refuses to leave — making an impact with its catchy hooks. The single also served visually as the band’s first music video for the album. The song tethers true to the heart of The Maine’s charm — frontman John O’Callaghan’s writing style — packaging it together as poetic pop. The album pushes into rock boundaries with tracks like “Do You Remember” while the haunting “Black Butterflies & Deja Vu” uses much softer vocals. Cohesively, the album flows together as the perfect natural evolution from their last full length, American Candy. The band allowed the fans a unique look into the creation of this record with an online web series following the studio process. The Maine continues to redefine what it…[read more…]
Since forming in 2005, Mayday Parade have amassed one of the most loyal, rabid fan bases around thanks to energizing concerts and four studio albums full of heart-on-sleeve lyrics. With the release of their arresting fifth record, the Mike Sapone-produced Black Lines, the members of the Florida pop-rock quintet—vocalist Derek Sanders, guitarists Brooks Betts and Alex Garcia, bassist Jeremy Lenzo and drummer Jake Bundrick—are taking a giant leap forward as musicians and songwriters.
“It’s time to switch things up a little bit,” Sanders says.
That’s evident from Black Lines’ ferocious opening song, “One Of Them Will Destroy The Other,” which features slashing guitars, throat-shredding vocals and a guest appearance from Real Friends’ Dan Lambton. The sizzling, grungy “Hollow” and the tornadic, teeth-baring “Let’s Be Honest” also boast aggressive riffs and a propulsive rhythmic backbone.“We noticed some of the songs were heavier than we’ve ever done, that there were a lot of guitar riffs we had never really had before,” Bundrick says. “We tried to make those parts more distinct.” Yet like other Mayday Parade albums, Black Lines is certainly dynamic—for example, the tension-filled, simmering choruses on “Underneath The Tide” explode into soaring, noisy verses—and has undeniable variety: “Just Out Of…[read more…]