Good Charlotte just came out with their new music video with a few cameo appearances from their buddies in other bands. Featuring Kennedy Brock and John O’Callaghan of The Maine, and Martin Johnson and Paul Digiovanni from Boys Like Girls. Check it out for yourself!
10/19 Seattle, WA The Showbox @ The Market 10/20 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom 10/22 San Francisco, CA The Grand Ballroom @ The Regency 10/23 Anaheim, CA House of Blues 10/24 San Diego, CA House of Blues 10/26 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern 10/28 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre 10/30 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa 10/31 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom 11/02 Houston, TX House of Blues 11/03 Dallas, TX House of Blues 11/05 Orlando, FL House of Blues Orlando 11/06 Tampa, FL The Ritz 11/07 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution 11/09 Atlanta, GA Center Stage 11/10 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre 11/11 Richmond, VA The National 11/12 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live 11/13 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts 11/14 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts 11/16 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre 11/17 Boston, MA House of Blues 11/18 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square 11/19 Asbury Park, NJ Paramount Theatre 11/20 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Café 11/21 Pittsburgh, PA Club Zoo 11/23 Cleveland, OH House of Blues Cleveland 11/24 Pontiac, MI Clutch Cargo’s 11/26 Milwaukee, WI The Rave 11/27 Chicago, IL House of Blues
I was able to acquire a copy of the keepsake book slightly earlier than the day of release, as well as the new album and the promised “Making of Black & White” DVD that would be sent with the package. I intended on releasing the review an hour prior to twelve midnight of July 13 in order not to spoil the new music for the fans that wished to be surprised. Enjoy!
Artist: The Maine Album: Black & White Release Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Hailing from Tempe, Arizona, the musical quintet known as The Maine has toured several times around the country playing shows for countless strangers and fans alike. Numerous copies of their previous albums have been sold world wide to fans of the pop punk/pop rock genre.
But wait, before one can write the band off as common and a clone of most of the pop punk/pop rock bands out there, take a listen to their new album “Black & White” and perhaps, if not certainly, you will change your mind.
Rather than leaning toward their previous sound, The Maine has chosen to put forth a record steering away from electronic and poppy factors and to head more toward a classic rock vibe. There is variety of elements to be heard in the new songs, not unlike with music from artist Ryan Adams and the Cardinals. One can easily tell which direction the band decided to go from the first track of the album, “Don’t Stop Now” in which the lead guitar (by Jared Monaco) plays a more crucial role in the feel and melody of the song, in comparison to the generic bands which have the lead blending with the background and with the rhythm guitar that plays the same four chords throughout the whole song without so much as a change in strumming pattern or chord pattern. The shift is also prominent in the mature of the vocals, which add a facet of raw power to the instruments that was not quite as apparent in the prior records as it is in the new one, heard in track five, “Inside of You.”
The lyrics themselves have also grown and matured alongside the band members, driving down a more honest road rather than taking the shortcut to what would be less sincere but easier words to play for the masses. For example, track two, “Right Girl”, vocalist John O’Callaghan the Fifth sings about his struggle with voicing things that he doesn’t truly quite support when he is under the influence.
Even with the new sound, fear not, loyal fans of The Maine! The music has retained everything that you had fallen in love with before. The tracks still speak of the topics that the fan base loves to discuss, such as lust (“Give It To Me”), love (“Listen to Your Heart”, “Saving Grace”), friendship (“Growing Up”), and life in general (“Color”). The energy and fun still resides. The heartfelt and genuine relationship between the band and the fans can still be felt through the record. The music may be different, but behind it all, it is still the same five boys that captured the hearts of many with their sheer talent and dedication to their friends, family, music, and last but not least, fans. They are still the same five boys, just a little more grown up.
I know this is completely irrelevant, but you should go pick up The Maine’s new album “Black & White”. It’s amazing, filled with tunes that will get stuck in your head forever. They really deserve it.
Click on the picture to purchase it (:
FYBring Me The Horizon knows what’s up. Do it! And another thing, check out their 24 hours in Black and White live Ustream which should be starting very shortly here. Black and White has only been out for a couple of hours on iTunes in some parts of the world, and it’s already topping the charts in some places. That’s really saying something. Support bands that you love by buying this album! If you don’t know who The Maine is, then check out their myspace. Prepare to fall in love.
Tomorrow, my best friends are releasing their new record, Black And White. I couldn’t be more proud of them for the songs they have written and the direction they are heading in from here on out. It is still crazy to me to think back to when they were just starting out playing around Tempe, covered in neon and playing for fifty kids, to the point where they are now. I am so happy for them and I am so excited to see what their future holds. It is all up from here.
After attending The Maine’s headlining tour, An Evening With The Maine, and listening to at least four tracks off of the new record live, I can honestly say that its going to be truly great. Don’t miss out. Buy the CD in Target for $7.99 tomorrow! Listen to Halvo!
ROCKS LIKE: The Summer Set, The Maine, A Rocket To The Moon, We The Kings
Hailing from Sacramento, California, Colby Wedgeworth and his band are just starting off on a crazy adventure that will surely include fame. Recently opening for The Maine’s headlining tour in San Francisco, CA, Colby definitely made many fans with both his charming, friendly personality and his catchy, fun loving songs that are brimming with potential. Through a combination of these attributes and more, Colby and his band have found themselves now being managed under the same company that manages The Maine, Brighten, A Rocket To The Moon, and others known as Eighty One Twenty Three Management. Under the wing of Tim Kirch, they will surely go places both dazzling and beyond their wildest expectations.
Here is a download link for Colby and his still unnamed band’s song entitled “Ghost”. Check it out! Also, click on his name in the first sentence to check out his personal music myspace. Don’t miss out on an oppotunity to find new, amazing music. This guy has talent, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on something like that. Oh, and another thing: http://twitter.com/colbywedgeworth
Don’t believe me? Here are some reviews of Colby:
“Colby Wedgeworth is an incredibly talented musician/song-writer and producer. Because the quality was so good, I couldn’t believe that [his] demos were actually tracked in a bedroom. Until I saw the room with my own eyes, I was convinced he was lying to me! Colby has a great ear and is a hidden gem of a producer just waiting to be discovered”
~ Chad Johnson - Director of A&R Tooth and Nail Records
“Colby is an up and coming production force to be reckoned with! Keep your ear on his work and an eye on his developing career. I expect big things from [him]”
~ Brian Garcia - LA Producer and Engineer (Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne, Our Lady Peace)