THE Maine are an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona. In their eight years together, John O’Callaghan, Pat Kirch, Kennedy Brock, Garrett Nickelsen, and Jared Monaco have released five full-length albums, including their major label debut Black & White in 2010.
The band expanded their musical realm into production which resulted in their fourth EP – self-recorded and produced Imaginary Numbers (2013). Over the years, they have toured across the globe as well as extensively on home soil in the US, both as headliners and in support roles. The Maine have shared the stage with the likes of Taking Back Sunday, Anberlin, A Rocket To The Moon, Augustana, and many more.
The band have made numerous festival appearances including the Vans Warped Tour, Bamboozle, and South by Southwest. In the spring of 2015, The Maine released their highly anticipated fifth studio album, American Candy.
Andy Howells recently put questions to the band’s drummer Pat Kirch:
How did you get into playing music?
“I had a neighbour that played the drums I just thought it was the coolest thing ever. He showed me the movie That Thing You Do and I would just watch it over and over and try and play along!”
How would you describe your music style and what are the major influences on the band’s sound?
“I would say that we are a pop rock band. It is so hard to describe or put labels on music for me but we play rock and roll music and enjoy pop melody. We are influenced by anything and everything but I think artists like Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, and Wilco that have fought to be able to make music on their own terms really inspire us.”
You are about to embark on a UK tour – how are you preparing for that and what can people expect from your shows?
“This will be the first time we will have been to the UK since American Candy was released so we are excited to play those songs for people. We will start rehearsing soon and figure what we can do to put on a show that will excite us. I think fans can expect a good mix of all of our albums and a good time!”
Can you tell us a bit about your most recent album? How did it differ from the previous albums?
“This album is us finally settling into a sound and feel kind of like a combination of everything we have done and learned over the past eight years. We set out to make a fun record and something that would make you want to dance and I think we did that. We are really proud of the album and have been blown away by how much everyone has gotten behind it. It feels exciting going out every night and playing the songs.”
Beyond the January/February tour, what can we expect from you in 2016?
“Lots more touring trying to play these songs to as many people as possible. We just released part one of a two-part cover EP so we will be recording and releasing the second half in 2016!”
- Andy Howells is a freelance writer. A version of this Q&A appeared in The South Wales Argus on January 22, 2016
- Vist The Maine’s official website