I found this audio clip from the shoot of “In Darkness and In Light” It was just from one of the random mics and you can hear all the kids talking with John and Jared and then they sing Growing Up with them. Like I said it is just from some random mic so it doesn’t sound the best but I thought it was pretty cool. Hope you enjoy
PropertyOfZack had the chance to chat with Pat Kirch from The Maine just last week for a great interview. Pat and I discussed how dealing with a major label has been for the band, the amount of songs they have on their new album, the differences between the new record and Black & White, and much more. Read up and enjoy!
For the record, could you state your name and role in The Maine? I am Pat Kirch, and I play drums in The Maine.
The band went out this summer with Augustana. How were those shows? They were awesome. It was an awesome experience for us because that was a band that we all had enjoyed for a while. It was an awesome experience for us to be on the road with a band that has been on the road themselves for five years or so. It was just a cool experience overall.
The tour went on during the one year anniversary of Black & White. The record definitely took a little bit of a different direction from prior efforts, but do you think this past year really took The Maine to the next level in terms of touring and fan turnout? I think it was a huge step forward for us. I think that we made a record that we’re extremely proud of. It was just cool for us, as a band, because our sound changed and our fans came along for the ride.
How was it working with a major label for the first time? I would say it has its ups and downs. I’m for sure not going to say that it’s exactly perfect, but I’m also not going to say that it’s the worst thing ever. The week our record came out there were huge changes at the company and by the end of the record cycle it’s a completely different team from when we signed. That’s kind of been frustrating, but at this point we’re focused on our fans and we just want to make the best record possible. We just don’t need any of their outside input. We’re going to continue to do what we know how to do and if they like it that’s great, and if not, that’s fine too.
For Black & White it’s been said that there were a lot of “cooks in the kitchen.” How was it sort of getting back to basics in the writing process for your new record? We started working on songs and we started recording way before it was time for us to actually work on a record, as far as what the label thought. They didn’t even know that we were working on the record. We did that on purpose because we didn’t want any outside input. We started working on the songs and things were coming extremely quickly, and this was before the Augustana tour. It just all felt good and we all thought that we should record it ourselves. We had a phone call with a friend who was an engineer and we honestly didn’t know how good he was or any of that. We were going to record, and if it turned into an awesome set of demos that would’ve been great, but it turned into the record. There was literally no pressure. We got in there and did eight or nine songs and were completely happy with them. After the Augustana tour, we went and recorded a bunch more stuff the same way. We ended up with a bunch of songs and right now we’re working on the finishing touches. We’ll pick out the songs that make a complete record.