The Maine are currently out on the US portion of The Pioneer Tour with Lydia and Arkells, and we’re stoked to be teaming up with the band for a new PropertyOfZack Road Blog feature. Check out their first update below and make sure to come back each week for more!
From Jared Monaco:
Hey guys, Jared here with an update from the road. We’re just over a week into our North American run of the Pioneer World Tour, and things are shaping up quite nicely. Kennedy and I have been joining Arkells on stage nightly, and both Arkells and Lydia have been joining us to play “With a little help from my friends”, our cover of the Beatles/Joe Cocker. Off stage, we’ve been hanging with our new friends, sometimes watching hockey (go Coyotes!) and other times checking out their sets.
Needless to say, we’re having a blast out here. It’s great to be on the road with such awesome people and talented musicians.
Been a fan from the moment I heard Arkells’ music, so when they asked me to sing a bit on their acoustic version of “On Paper”, I was more than down. On top of that, we start our North American tour tomorrow in Austin, TX with them and Lydia.
Check out a brand new trailer for our upcoming tour with Lydia and Arkells. The trailer features The Beatles “With a little help from my friends” covered by the entire tour. More information on full song stream coming soon. Tickets are available for all North American dates in our events section!
PropertyOfZack had the chance to Kennedy Brock from The Maine a few weeks ago for a great interview. Kennedy and I spoke about the band’s early touring for Pioneer, the response to the record, touring with different bands, future music, and more. Check it out below!
For the record, could you state your name and role in The Maine? My name is Kennedy Brock and I play guitar.
It’s been a busy full year for the band. You kicked off supporting Pioneer in November for the release of the record. How has the album been doing so far? It’s been doing great. We’re really excited with all the response from our fans and it’s been awesome. We’ve been working on a lot of the new songs for our upcoming sets.
The initial announcement took fans by surprise because it was so soon after Black & White, but fans never complain about new material. How do you think this record is sitting with fans compared to the first two? There are a lot of people that really enjoy the new music. I think a lot of our fans were concerned when we announced it, but a lot of people have really come around to enjoy it. I feel like it reaches further than the fan base we have right now. I’ve noticed a lot of different people getting into the newer songs since we’ve been playing it live.
Fans, like you said, were a little skeptical of the sound. Do you think the progression of the sound has brought on new fans? Totally. I don’t think we tried to ignore our previous sound, but the writing process expanded and really dived into new styles and new things we wanted to do. When we finished writing a bunch of songs, we were able to group together songs that resembled what we wanted and took the band in a new direction.
You did the US tour and then an international tour with All Time Low and We Are The In Crowd. Has the early touring been great so far? The tour in Europe was really awesome. The shows in the States were really great as well. We on purpose did smaller venues to try to play to our core fans in order to see how they felt about the record. It was a really good experience. We played a mockumentary video on the tour that summed up the years of us being in a band to be lighthearted. The kids who have been with us really respected that video and were happy to know we realize that we’ve changed, but we’re still having a good time.
The band hasn’t had too much time off in the past few months, but what have you been up to at home? We’ve been working. In an hour or two, I’m heading to meet up with the guys to jam some more. We took a few weeks off to just hang out at home. We’ve been practicing and working out a new set since then. We go to Manila and Australia before we do the headliner in the States, so we have a few different sets. Busy, busy, busy.