The Maine Comes To Pennsylvania

Some things change and some remain the same.
The last time The Maine played Philadelphia, which was two summers ago, the band delivered raw, fast-paced emo-pop.
However, when the group returns Thursday at the Theater of Living Arts, it will showcase tracks from its latest album, ‘Black & White,’ which is comprised of slick, melancholy, almost exclusively mid-tempo songs.
“We weren’t trying to put together a certain sound,” vocalist John O’Callaghan said while calling from San Antonio.  “We put all of our energy into this album and most of it came out in the mid-range. We didn’t feel the need to write upbeat songs. We felt the need to write what we were feeling.”
The stylish songs are well-constructed and catchy. The best of the songs are dramatic and passionate. Some of the songs are overly earnest. The well-produced tunes, none clock in at more than four-minutes, are immediate and never drag on.
“We get right to the point,” O’Callaghan said. “There’s no reason to drone on. We like to keep the songs short.”
But the band, which has graduated to headliner status, is playing longer sets. “It’s been quite an adjustment going from 17 songs from seven songs,” O’Callaghan said. “It’s kind of a tough transition. But it’s a step we need to take. We’re growing up as a band. We’re not the band we were when we last played (Philadelphia).”
The group, which also includes guitarists Kennedy Brock and Jared Monaco, bassist Garrett Nickelsen and drummer Pat Kirch, has morphed as writers and performers but what remains the same is that the group is still made up of fun-loving guys.
“I hope that never goes away,” O’Callaghan said. “We’re still like kids.”
The  “kid” in the members of the band is thrilled since many of the dates The Maine has played recently have been at Six Flag venues.
“We love playing Six Flag venues,” O’Callaghan said. “The thing about playing Six Flags is the rides. They give you these passes to go to the front of the line. I feel like a jerk because we’re getting in front of lines to go on roller coasters before people that waited three-hours but we don’t have that much time to hang around.”
The group’s base is burgeoning and may be outgrowing playing and going to theme parks.
“I’m not sure what the future holds,” O’Callaghan said. “We’re just trying to grow as much as musicians and take that next step.”

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