In 2009 during my sophomore year of high school a friend and I exchanged mixed tapes for Christmas. It wasn't a huge deal because he gave all of his friends the same exact mix tape, but it still stands that the music was really good.
On it were gems like The Girl's A Straight-Up Hustler by All Time Low, Face Down by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Addiction and Her Name by There For Tomorrow and, of course, Everything I Ask For by The Maine.
My love for The Maine slowly started with that one song; at first I listened to it on repeat from my CD player, then I bought it from iTunes so I could always carry it with me, and soon after I bought the entire album, Can't Stop Won't Stop.
My love for The Maine began when I was fifteen.
I'm twenty-two now and I couldn't love their music more.
I love how their music has grown with me and that each album is something different, but the core of of it still the same with the catchy music and meaningful lyrics. The guys work so hard and are so generous to their fans.
Bottom Lounge - House of Blues
Not my video, but I was there! Song starts around 2:35, but the beginning part is fun!
Pioneer Tour - Bottom Lounge - Chicago - Dec. 21, 2011
Their third album, Pioneer, will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the one I saw entirely performed live and they did it all on their own. They left the bigger record company because it wasn't letting them produce the music that they wanted to. The guys were in a situation that was bad for their growth, so they left. They worked their asses off and created their best album yet, Pioneer. They didn't let anyone stop them from making the music that they wanted to.
One of my favorite things about The Maine's music is that they write it and it's amazing. The lyrics are always so incredible. Here are just a few of my favorites:
"Oh, I'm learning to be free."
"Some days taste like lemonade,
some days can feel like razorblades.
I wish I could float away, some days."
"We go together like the winter and a sweater."
-Ho Ho Hopefully
"Unaware of where I'm going
or if I'm going anywhere at all,
but I know I'll take the leap
if it's worth the fall."
"Give me thunder, give me lightening,
and I will give you every part of me."
-Take Me Dancing
On March 31st of this year The Maine released their fifth album, American Candy.
I love it. I love how each of their albums always finds a way to be relevant in my life no matter where I'm at. It's more upbeat then their most recent album, but I think we all could us a little lightness to our lives right now, at least I know I could. The lyrics are still amazing, the music is incredible and I can't stop listening! It's been on repeat since last Tuesday.
All of the tracks are up on their YouTube channel, you should check it out here!
Garrett - Jared - John - Kennedy - Pat
I seriously could keep going about how amazing The Maine is and how generous they are with their fans (always touring, staying late after shows to meet fans, being active on social media, super affordable tickets/merch, and always creating amazing music) but that could get a little bit too long. So if you're interested in listening to or finding out more about The Maine here are some of their links: