The Maine is an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona, formed in 2007. Their first release, the EP Stay Up, Get Down was released in late 2007, followed by a five song EP titled The Way We Talk released on December 11, 2007. The band's first full-length album, Can't Stop, Won't Stop was released July 8, 2008. Their holiday release ...And a Happy New Year was released in December 2008. The Maine released their second full-length album, Black & White, on July 13, 2010, selling 22,634 copies in its first week. On December 6, 2011, the group's third album, Pioneer, was released and it peaked at No. 90 on the Billboard 200.[2] Their fourth full-length record Forever Halloween was released on June 4, 2013 reaching No. 39 on the Billboard 200 by selling over 10,000 copies in its first week. The Maine later released a deluxe edition of Forever Halloween on June 17, 2014. The fifth studio album, "American Candy", was released on March 31, 2015.


Beginnings, Stay Up, Get Down, and The Way We Talk (2006–07)

Bassist Garrett Nickelsen and friend and drummer Patrick Kirch, met in November 2006, and they started talking about making a band. Singer John O'Callaghan joined soon after auditions for the band with no prior vocal experience, along with guitarists Jared Monaco, and Ryan Osterman with that lineup forming the band in January 2007.[3] Together, they released the EP Stay Up, Get Down. Months later Osterman left the band, and was replaced by Kennedy Brock, respectively. The Maine signed to Fearless Records and on December 11, 2007, they debuted with a five song EP entitled The Way We Talk, produced by Matt Grabe.[4]

Can't Stop, Won't Stop and ...And a Happy New Year (2008–09)

The Maine's first full-length album, Can't Stop, Won't Stop, was produced by Matt Squire[5] and was released in the summer of 2008, just before the band toured with Good Charlotte and Boys Like Girls. In the fall of 2008, The Maine and We the Kings supported The Academy Is... on its tour in the United Kingdom.

The band's next release was a holiday EP in December 2008 titled ...And a Happy New Year, produced by Matt Grabe.[4] The EP included three new original tracks and a cover of the Wham! song "Last Christmas". In 2009, the band signed to Warner Bros. Records.[6] In February 2009, The Maine toured on 'The Secret Valentine' tour, headlining We the Kings along with The Cab, VersaEmerge and There For Tomorrow. Furthermore, in July the band performed on the Vans Warped Tour, a popular touring music festival.

Black and White (2009–10)

On July 13, 2010, The Maine released its second full-length album, Black & White, produced by Howard Benson.[7] In November 2010, while on the Harmony tour with Never Shout Never, The Maine and Never Shout Never had fans gather canned foods to help those in need. As a 'thank you' gift, both acts released a split EP titled Split - EP. On December 27, 2010, The Maine released the LP "In Darkness and in Light Box Set" on iTunes.

Aside from recording music, The Maine has other projects it undertakes for its fans. The band has released two books, This Is Real Life and Black & White Keepsake Book. The former is composed of photos taken by the band's friend Dirk Mai as well as journal entries written by the band members during the 2009 Vans Warped Tour. The latter consists of photos and journals from the band members. Later in 2010, lead singer John O'Callaghan collaborated with photographer Dirk Mai in the creation of Exaltation, a book containing 15 poems written by O'Callaghan complemented by nine accompanying photographs by Mai.

The band embarked on their first headlining tour in 2010, An Evening with The Maine.

Pioneer (2011–12)

In February 2011, The Maine embarked on an international tour that began in the Philippines. From there the members traveled to Australia and performed at Soundwave. They re-joined Never Shout Never for a European tour culminating in the U.K.. In April 2011, the band co-headlined a U.S. tour with Augustana, lasting from early May to June 18, 2011.[8] The band began touring with Taking Back Sunday and Bad Rabbits in October 2011.

In mid-2011, the band confirmed that it is working on a new album titled Pioneer. During this time, The Maine had been playing 3 new previously unreleased songs on tour and performed one live exclusively for Fuel. TV, "Don't Give Up on Us".[9]

The band announced via Facebook that it was to headline a tour in the fall of 2011 to promote its third studio album, Pioneer. The album features the popular songs "Don't Give Up On Us", "My Heroine" and lead single "Some Days". It was released on December 6, 2011 independently through Action Theory Records.[10] The album was available to pre-order officially on November 1, 2011. On the band's Facebook page, the song Don't Give Up On Us was offered as a free download.[11] In addition, the single Some Days was available for download on iTunes beginning November 15, 2011.

The band released a music video, "Misery," from its album Pioneer, on February 16, 2012. The band also released a cover of The Beatles' hit "With A Little Help From My Friends" on Spotify. The song was recorded along with touring mates, American band, Lydia and, Canadian indie-rock band, Arkells.

On September 11, 2012, The Maine re-released Pioneer as "Pioneer and The Good Love". The album, released via Rude Records, contains 6 previously unreleased tracks. They also released an EP version of the unreleased tracks under the name of “Good Love“.

Forever Halloween and Imaginary Numbers (2013–14)

On April 12, 2013, the band announced that their fourth studio album Forever Halloween would be released on June 4, 2013. The album has been released independently in the US in partnership with their management team 8123, via Universal Music in Canada, and Rude Records in Europe, UK, Australia and Japan. It sold over 10,000 copies in its first week debuting at number 39 on the Billboard 200.[12]

'Happy' was the first single of the album released on April 15, 2013 followed by 'Love and Drugs' which was released with a lyric video on May 6, 2013. The third single 'These Four Words' was released on the same day as the album, with an official music video that premiered on YouTube and Vevo.[13] The single-shot video was directed by Daniel Gomes and the song is what frontman John O’Callaghan is calling the “most revealing song [he] has ever written”.[14]

On November 5, 2013, The Maine announced via that they will be releasing a 5 song acoustic EP titled Imaginary Numbers on December 12, 2013. The first song from the EP, "Raining in Paris" was released November 5 via YouTube with a lyric video.[15] Imaginary Numbers was released on December 10, 2013.

The Maine later released a deluxe edition of Forever Halloween on June 17, 2014.

American Candy (2015–present)

The band released their 5th studio album titled American Candy on March 31, 2015.

The first single from the album, English Girls, dropped February 11, 2015 with a debut at #17 on the iTunes Alternative Chart.[16] The second single from the album, "Miles Away" debuted at #16 on the iTunes Alternative Chart on March 10, 2015. Verity Magazine infers, "“Miles Away” is a more relaxed and laid back track, but nonetheless, you’ll still want to get up and dance. The last song they released, “English Girls” was very upbeat and just spilling positive vibes, which is quite a stark contrast to their slower and darker previous album Forever Halloween. From the two tracks released so far, this album is sounding more like older albums from The Maine like Pioneer and Black and White". "Same Suit, Different Tie" was released via SoundCloud the day before the album was set to release. In order to celebrate the release of the album, The Maine hosted "24 Hours of American Candy", where they live streamed their day as they put out American Candy. The album was a huge success, getting positive feedback from all of The Maine's fans, old and new.[17]

The tour for this album took place in Spring 2015 with Real Friends and Knuckle Puck and The Technicolors.[18]




Studio albums



AP Magazine Readers’ Awards

The Maine won Best Live Band 2010, Black & White won Album of the Year 2010, and its song Inside of You won Best Song 2010.

2010Black & WhiteAlbum of the YearWon
"Inside of You"Best SongWon
The MaineBest Live BandWon