After only a few short months, Arizona’s The Maine are already planning their return to the UK. The American rock five piece was most recently across the pond as a part of their European headlining run which also saw them play the entirety of the Vans Warped Tour Europe/UK. This last trip to the UK was the first since the release of their 2013 full length, Forever Halloween, which was recorded live to tape and produced by Brendan Benson (of The Raconteurs).
Since their time overseas, The Maine has been busier than ever; releasing their first ever all acoustic EP Imaginary Numbers, headlining the 8123 Tour in the Philippines, touring an acoustic run through US and into Canada in support of the release, and announcing the rest of their spring and summer plans for 2014. These plans include not only the trip to the UK in support of Deaf Havana, but also their third ever tour to Brazil, and their second summer long stint on the Vans Warped Tour in the US/Canada.
Fans in the UK will see the band play a fresh set made up of songs from their previous releases in the usual high energy performance people have come to expect of The Maine. As their reputation precedes, The Maine plans to continue as a band accessible to their fans and will be hanging out at the venue each night to meet and greet. This fan engagement plays a large role in bringing the band back to the UK so frequently, and it’s not something they ever overlook. Currently signed with Rude Records in Europe and working independently at home in the US, The Maine are enjoying the freedom that comes without a major label contract; specifically the freedom to tour when they want and release music at their preferred pace. It’s this freedom that enabled the release of Imaginary Numbers, which was self-recorded by the band in their own recording studio. Speaking on the recording process, the band’s drummer Pat Kirch says, “recording this EP was very relaxed and I think it shows in the music. We went and built a studio in a few days and then decided to record some songs! We did all the engineering and recording ourselves so we were able to try whatever we want and really experiment with techniques.”
With their hectic upcoming 2014 schedule, the band is far from putting Forever Halloween on the back burner and are looking forward to performing songs off the latest full length for the second time in the UK on this upcoming run. The tour kicks off with a headlining date in Dublin, and will see them play nearly a month’s worth of shows which include a series of support dates for the UK’s Deaf Havana, and ending with a set at both dates of Hit The Deck festival.
3/29/2014 Dublin, United Kingdom Academy 2 ^
3/30/2014 Belfast, United Kingdom Oh Yeah Music Centre *
4/1/2014 Norwich, United Kingdom UEA *
4/3/2014 Newcastle, United Kingdom 02 Academy *
4/4/2014 Leeds, United Kingdom 02 Academy *
4/5/2014 Manchester, United Kingdom Academy *
4/6/2014 Preston, United Kingdom 53 Degrees ^
4/7/2014 Glasgow, United Kingdom 02 ABC *
4/8/2014 Aberdeen, United Kingdom Tunnels ^
4/10/2014 London, United Kingdom Clapham Grand *
4/11/2014 London, United Kingdom Clapham Grand *
4/13/2014 Oxford, United Kingdom 02 Academy *
4/14/2014 Wolverhampton, United Kingdom Wulfrun Hall *
4/15/2014 Cardiff, United Kingdom Great Hall *
4/17/2014 Brighton, United Kingdom Concorde 2 *
4/18/2014 Southampton, United KingdomThe Unit ^
4/19/2014 Bristol, United Kingdom Hit The Deck Festival
4/20/2014 Nottingham, United Kingdom Hit The Deck Festival
*with Deaf Havana ^ headlining date
Photo by Dirk Mai