The Maine’s already scored more than 77 million MySpace hits, so this indie rock outfit’s ready to take on Denver.
Earlier this week, The Maine released its major label debut, Black & White. Thursday, local fans will get to hear all the new songs live at Denver’s Marquis Theatre. This marks the band’s first headlining tour, so the night’s been dubbed “An Evening with the Maine.”
Who: The Maine, with This Century
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St., Denver
The Tempe, Ariz., band’s mix of pop-punk and alternative rock fuses just the right amount of edge and catchy hooks into its tunes. Those MySpace listeners were definitely onto something.
“We all played in other bands before we were in The Maine,” guitarist Jared Monaco said. “At first, we weren’t sure what direction we were going in. We started out with more of a heavy rock sound, but now we’re more pop.
“We were all pretty young when we started, and we had to wait until everyone graduated before we could tour. That’s why we put our music on MySpace. That way, we could still be an active band and get our music out.”
The Maine was discovered by Fearless Records and released its debut EP in 2007. Since then, the indie rockers have been a featured act on the 2009 Warped Tour, sold more than 113,000 albums and earned more than 1.5 million views on YouTube.
The band’s now signed to Warner Bros. and Black & White is the first release on the national label.
“This is our first full-length record, so we spent a lot of time writing it and planning it out,” Monaco said. “We wanted to do something different with this record. We were all more comfortable writing in the edgier pop zone.
“We had 45 demos, but we narrowed it down to 12 songs for the album. We worked with producer Howard Benson on the record. He’s worked with the All-American Rejects, so he really knows how to blend a pop and rock record.”
The Maine’s taking its new music on the road with a special interactive tour. Each show features a 90-minute set that’s followed by meet-and-greet and photo sessions with fans.
“We’ll come out at every show and sign for everyone,” Monaco said. “That’s why we’re doing our first headlining tour. This tour is really special, because it’s not packed with five bands.
“We’ve backed our fans from day one and we want to make this tour special for them.”
The Maine even created the new “Black & White Keepsake Book” for its fans. The volume features the band’s studio journals, plus pages that get stamped like a passport at the concerts.
“We just wanted to let people see who we are on the road and in the studio,” Monaco said. “We have lots of very cool new ideas and tour plans, but the key is keeping pretty close with the fans.”
If you can’t get enough of this band, The Maine’s songs “Inside Of You” and “Growing Up” are available on iTunes.