The Maine announce new album ‘American Candy’ and headline tour dates

By on February 15, 2015
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Tempe, AZ alternative rockers The Maine are excited to announce American Candy, their fifth full-length studio album due out March 31st, 2015 via 8123. Immediately following the album’s release, the band will head out on a North American headlining tour that will see them headlining bigger rooms than ever before, kicking off with a massive hometown show at Tempe’s Marquee Theatre on April 3rd. The tour hits most major cities and includes a show at the Best Buy Theater in New York City, two nights at Anaheim’s House of Blues and will feature support from Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and The Technicolors along the whole run.  American Candy was produced and mixed by Colby Wedgeworth and mastered by Grammy Award winning engineer Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound (Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith).

On Monday night, the band released the first single off of American Candy, “English Girls,” a song that harkens back to their roots as a playful American rock band. Fans quickly began to listen, share and love the new track – in less than 4 days, “English Girls” as garnered more than 92,000 streams on Soundcloud, 84,000 views on its official lyric video (watch). The song will impact radio later this month. Additionally, the band revealed the album’s release date, album art, and tracklist for fans via their website where digital and physical preorders are now available.

The Maine – John O’Callaghan (vocals), Kennedy Brock (guitar, vox), Jared Mocaco (guitar), Garrett Nickelsen (guitar), and Pat Kirch (percussion) – met while growing up in the Phoenix, AZ area. Over the past eight years, they have released four full-length albums – 2008’s debut Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, 2010’s major label debut Black & White, 2011’s Pioneer, and 2013’s Brendan Benson produced Forever Halloween.  In addition to an impressive catalogue of music, The Maine have built a loyal and tight knit fanbase through extensive worldwide touring both as headliners and in support roles – touring alongside the likes of Taking Back Sunday, Augustana, Good Charlotte, and dozens more.  They’ve hit major festivals across the world including SXSW (where they’ll be returning in 2015), Pukkelpop, Soundwave, and Lowlands among others.

After recording their last album completely analog, the band decided to maintain the raw aspect of that recording style while in the studio this time around. Using a collection of only their own personal tools (all recording equipment, mics, instruments, pedals, amps, etc.) that they have collected throughout their years of touring and recording, the band tracked all 10 songs on American Candy in Joshua Tree this past fall at a rented house that they converted into a studio. The result is a solid collection of tight, catchy songs that will remind fans why they fell in love with The Maine in the first place. O’Callaghan says of the record:
“A sort of innocence resounds throughout it that to me is reminiscent of our headspace in years past. We set out to bounce things a bit more sonically and produce a record that has an energy throughout. I believe this record has birthed a rejuvenated and optimistic outlook on life that we can only hope is evident and contagious within the 8123 family.”  -John

The Maine will release American Candy on March 31st, 2015 via 8123. Check out all confirmed North American dates for The Maine and take a listen to lead single “English Girls” below. For the most up to date information, please visit


The Maine Confirmed NA Tour Dates:
March 18-19 @ SXSW in Austin, TX
March 20th @ South by So What Festival in Grand Prairie, TX
March 21st @ Never Say Never Festival in Mission, TX
March 22nd @ Deep In the Heart of Texas    in Houston, TX
April 3rd @ The Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ
April 4th @ HOB in Anaheim, CA (SOLD OUT) 
April 7th @ Strummer’s in Fresno, CA
April 8th @ HOB in San Diego, CA
April 9th @ HOB in Anaheim, CA
April 10th @ Slim’s in San Francisco, CA
April 11th @ Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
April 13th @ Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, OR
April 14th @ The Rio Theatre in Vancouver, BC
April 15th @ El Corazon in Seattle, WA
April 17th @ The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT
April 18th @ Summit Music Hall in Denver, CO
April 20th @ Granada Theatre in Lawrence, KS
April 21st @ The Ready Room in St. Louis, MO
April 22nd @ The Rave in Milwaukee, WI
April 23rd @ Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN
April 24th @ HOB in Chicago, IL
April 26th @ The Crofoot in Pontiac, MI
April 27th @ Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH
April 28th @ HOB in Cleveland, OH
April 30th @ Altar Bar in Pittsburgh, PA
May 1st @ The Waiting Room in Buffalo, OH
May 2nd @ Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON
May 3rd @ The Lost Horizon in Syracuse, NY
May 5th @ HOB in Boston, MA
May 7th @ Best Buy Theatre in New York, NY
May 9th @ Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
May 10th @ 9:30 Club in Washington, DC
May 12th @ Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN
May 13th @ The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
May 14th @ Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach, FL
May 15th @ State Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL
May 16th @ The Beacham in Orlando, FL


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