Crave the Sound recently interviewed one of our favorite bands - The Maine! They are playing an entirely free tour across the country in order to give back to fans. Luckily, the tour will be stopping in Colorado on Tuesday September 1st at the Orchard Town Center in Westminster at 6pm. Their live show is one you won’t want to miss, so go and bring your friends because it’s FREE!
Crave: What inspired the Free For All tour?
Jared: We want to give back to everyone who has ever come to see us and give everyone who has never seen us the opportunity to come out and bring their friends. It’s a thank you to the fans. That’s the gesture behind all of these free shows.
Congratulations on the release of an awesome new record, American Candy. What’s your favorite song off of that album?
We’ve been rehearsing a lot of the new album, and my favorite one, to play live at least, would have to be “Am I Pretty?” That one’s really fun. We also play “English Girls” a lot. I’m pretty torn between the two.
How would you say your live performance as a band has evolved?
It’s come a long way. Like anything else, the more you do it, the better you get at it, and you realize what works and what doesn’t work. Now we’re at a point where every time we walk out we feel pretty confident, and that translates into the energy that we convey.
Tell me about where the band recorded American Candy and the recording process behind the album.
We wanted it to be in an isolated location so we actually rented a house in Joshua Tree, California. We wanted to get away from every day life and clear our heads and have a quiet place to create. It actually nice to realize that our phones didn’t work out there so we could put down our technology and really focus on the task at hand.
This juristically helped our band to record the album that we wanted to make. We also had Colby Wedgeworth helping produce the record and having him back on board was cool because we tend to work really well together.
Each album seems to have a theme or a general tone to it. What inspired this album’s vibe?
We came to the conclusion that we’re all in a pretty positive head space right now. We were excited that we were able to make it to a fifth album! So we decided that we would try to write songs that still feel authentic to us but also give them some groove and an upbeat tempo as a general guideline for the record. It’s just a matter of capturing lightening in a bottle. How do we make this idea that we have real and tangible and not seem forced? I think that everyone being in such a positive place right now, with our band being eight years into this thing, really helped push us in the right direction and finish the record.
What music have you been listening to lately?
I’m really liking the new Tame Impala record Currents. John showed me Mac Demarco; I’m excited to dive into his newest record. I tend to listen to a lot of Third Eye Blind. And Wilco and Ryan Adams are a staple for me.
feature by: Krista Barry