Kennedy Brock of The Maine
The Term “highly anticipated” gets tossed around a lot when it comes to album releases, bringing the validity of the statement into question. But when it is used in reference to Arizona quintet The Maine’s new album, Black & White (in stores July 13th), highly anticipated does not begin to describe the hype surrounding it. The band spent the two years since the release of their debut full-length album, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, both finding and fine-tuning their style. The outcome is what has proven to be a more organic, rock sound audibly taking inspiration from great rock storytellers like Tom Petty.
The Maine (John O’Callaghan on vocals, Kennedy Brock and Jared Monaco on guitar, Garrett Nickelsen on bass and drummer Pat Kirch) found a perfect match in Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson who understood their desire to make Black & White a true representation of where they are as a band.
We caught up with Kennedy Brock at the beginning of the band’s first headlining tour; aptly name “An Evening with The Maine.” He talked a little about the new album, growing as a band, and the 90-minute sets promised on this tour.
Interviewed by: Mandi Loranger
What have you been doing since your performance at Bamboozle in New Jersey?
We have been at home practicing for our headlining tour this summer. We’ve really just been ready and waiting to release our new album!
How different from Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop is Black & White?
It is just a step forward in our song writing. On Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop we didn’t know where we wanted to go with our “sound”, but on Black & White we went into the recording process with a clear vision. I think that is the biggest difference between the two.
The album is opening with a track called “Don’t Stop Now” that came together just days before you went in the studio. Can you tell us a little about the song?
Don’t Stop Now came to be very quickly, I think that song captures the positive energy that we have as a band. I won’t get into the meaning behind it, instead we’ll leave it to interpretation.
Why did you choose “Don’t Stop Now” to kick off Black & White?
It had a great vibe and it’s upbeat the entire time!
Do you think your fans are ready for the organic sound promised from Black & White?
Absolutely, and we are excited to play songs from this record live, the record is more realistic.
When did you decide the best idea for The Maine as a band was to make an album like Black & White?
After touring for a couple of years, we have expanded our taste in music and have learned what we like and don’t like. This record is influenced by what we like right now.
How have the fans been responding to the new singles?
So far I have only heard good things!
Were you worried they wouldn’t accept the change?
Not really, we are proud of what we’ve done, and we know this is the record we wanted to make.
I can hear the Tom Petty inspiration in both “Growing Up” and “Inside of You.” How would you classify your new sound?
It’s a step for us in the rock direction.
You released “This Is Real Life” last year and now you have the keepsake book offered with the Black & White Preorder. What inspired you to release multiple books?
The first book we did was just an idea that came to life better than expected, and we spent more time on our black and white book trying to give it more material.I have been running at home a little. We have also been practicing at Pat’s house. I think either way it’s going so much fun that we’ll forget how long it is.
I’ve heard you’ll be doing 90-minute sets during your upcoming headlining tour, An Evening With The Maine. How do you prepare for such a new experience?
I have been running at home a little. We have also been practicing at Pat’s house. I think either way it’s going so much fun that we’ll forget how long it is.
It’s such a great idea to bring a tour back to its roots and only bring one band on the road with you. What made you decide to do that?
We wanted to tour with people that are good friends of ours and make music we love!
Some of your shows will be held at Six Flags. Will the set up of those shows differ from the smaller venue stops of the tour?
Not by a lot we want the shows to just flow how they do.
I have a staple question I like to ask everyone: If you could have one artist or musician follow you around and perform the soundtrack of your everyday life who would it be and why?
Jack White, my soundtrack has to have attitude.
To support their new album, the band will be embarking on “24 Hours in Black & White.” At 11:00pm PST on July 12th, The Maine will kick off a 24-hour whirlwind run around Los Angeles, going to KIIS FM radio, visiting Hot Topic for an in-store, spending time with their fans and much more, all of which will stream live at www.wearethemaine.net, www.myspace.com/themaine and www.ustream.com/themaine. The day will culminate in a MySpace Secret Show at the Echoplex, which will stream live at www.myspace.com/music. Fans can get more information on the Secret Show by visiting http://www.myspace.com/music/blog/category/secret-shows or www.myspace.com/themaine.
The Maine Headlining Tour Dates:
July 9, 2010 – El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Jul 10, 2010 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
Jul 16, 2010 – Marquee Theater – Denver, CO
July 17, 2010 – Blue Moose – Iowa City, IA
July 18, 2010 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
July 20, 2010 – Six Flags Great America – Gurnee, IL
July 21, 2010 – Six Flags St. Louis – Eureka, MO
July 23, 2010 – Six Flags Fiesta Texas – San Antonio, TX
July 24, 2010 – Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington, TX
July 26, 2010 – Blue Note – Columbia, MO
July 28, 2010 – Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
July 29, 2010 – Opera House, Toronto, ONT
July 30, 2010 – Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
July 31, 2010 – Mad Hatter Club – Covington, KY
Aug 02, 2010 – Six Flags Great Adventure – Jackson, NJ
Aug 03, 2010 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
Aug 04, 2010 – Six Flags America – Upper Malboro, MD
Aug 05, 2010 – TLA – Philadelphia, PA
Aug 06, 2010 – Six Flags New England – Agawam, MA
Aug 07, 2010 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Aug 08, 2010 – Showcase Live – Foxboro, MA
Aug 10, 2010 –The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
Aug 11, 2010 – Greene Street – Greensboro, NC
Aug 12, 2010 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Aug 13, 2010 – State Theatre – St. Petersburg, FL
Aug 14, 2010 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Aug 15, 2010 – The Social – Orlando, FL
Aug 17, 2010 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
Aug 18, 2010 – Emo’s –Austin, TX
Aug 20, 2010 – The Rock – Tuscon, AZ
Aug 21, 2010 – Soma – San Diego, CA
Aug 22, 2010 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Aug 24, 2010 – House of Blues, Los Angeles, CA
Aug 27, 2010 – Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ