PropertyOfZack spoke to The Maine a few months ago, but we had a chance just last week to catch up with Kennedy from the band to dive a little bit deeper into their new album. Kennedy and I discussed recent touring, how the band isn’t quite off of a major label, how they went about putting Pioneer out, future touring, and much more. Read up and enjoy!
For the record, could you state your name and role in The Maine? I’m Kennedy, and I play guitar.
Your tour with Taking Back Sunday and Bad Rabbits finished up during the beginning of the month. Can you discuss the dates? It was awesome. Basically, the tour just ended for us. It was the first time we met any of the Taking Back Sunday guys, but we be came friends pretty quickly. They were really great dudes. The tour went well as far as mingling between bands, but the shows were really awesome for us. It was definitely a new crowd and an older crowd for us for sure. I think we were really happy about that. Our live set has been more geared towards an older crowd anyway, and our new music is a little more in that direction as well. I think it was a good chance for us to see some new faces.
Your fans were obviously excited, but there were worries that all three bands wouldn’t mix together too well. Were the audiences generally receptive? I think we had nerves initially. We knew that we would be in a different environment, but like I said, we were more excited about that. Once we started playing songs I noticed that the expressions on people’s faces changed very quickly and that felt really good. I went into the shows knowing that we hadn’t impressed a lot of these people yet because they didn’t know us, so they didn’t give two shits about us. As long as they were nodding their heads by the end of the set, I felt like we won them over.
Are you guys open to changing the type of bands you tour with a little bit more now? We’re not pushing away anybody who listens to us now, but we’re trying to broaden our audience a little bit. Playing with bands like Taking Back Sunday is a great way to do that for us. Plus, I love and grew up on that band. There was excitement from all of us on that band as well.
It was confirmed it September that The Maine were hoping to release an album by the end of the year, but fans were still expecting it to be released on Warner and you guys didn’t necessarily deny that either. When did you part ways with the label? We actually haven’t parted ways fully. This record alone is coming out on our own. We’re still on Warner Brothers and we will still be working with them on the next record, as far as it sits right now. We had some disagreements on these songs and we felt like we really needed to push for them to come out. We came to the agreement that we would release it on our own. It was the best case for everybody. POZ: Is that a weird situation to be in though? If this album did incredibly well, couldn’t that potentially be awkward? Kennedy: Yeah, I think we’re trying to prove a point. We wrote a lot of songs and we feel really confidently about them. We got positive feedback from close friends, and all we got was negative feedback from the label. We wanted to make sure that other people heard it. We’re really happy about the songs that have come out and we’re really excited to show people. We couldn’t put these songs away. It’s something that we have to have out.
I have 2 tickets to The Maine’s Pioneer show in NYC (12/16/11 at The Gramercy) that I’m giving away to someone who still needs tickets. The tickets are FREE, so reblog this post (only once please) and I’ll choose someone at random to mail them to.