Interview | The Maine


October 30, 2012
By: Megan Washington

Your DVD, “Anthem For A Dying Breed,” is being released on November 19th. Without giving too much away, what are you most excited for everyone to see?
Kennedy:
This documentary contains some of the most defining moments for our band, as well as our most proud ones. I’m very excited for people to have more insight on our band than ever before.

The band has always been very open and accessible to the fans. How important of a role do you feel that the close band-fan relationship has played in The Maine’s success?
Kennedy:
It has played a major role! I think initially it set up a foundation for our band, both online and at shows, and has continued to be a focal point for us. We really want our fans to know who we are.

You’ve been on tour with Mayday Parade and The Postelles since October 18th. What can concert goers expect when they check out this show?
Kennedy:
The shows have been fun and full of energy so far. The Postelles and Mayday really keep the intensity up, and we have really tried to fit in as many songs as possible, it’s really a stacked show!

Your show on Halloween is at the Masquerade in Atlanta–which is rumored to be haunted. Are you planning any ghost hunting adventures?
Kennedy:
I love haunted places, I would expect with so much Halloween spirit there will be some ghost hunting at the Masquerade. I am ready for the festivities to begin!

The band’s catalog has expanded over the years. How do you determine which songs you’re going to play live, and the order that they are played in?
Kennedy:
On this tour, it has been particularly easy to choose. We have been changing up the set every night so far while trying to keep an even mix of new and old songs. Some dating back to our first material, all the way through our newest album and cover songs we are currently interested in.

You recently released an official music and lyric video for “Thinking of You.” Did you guys come up with the idea for the video? How did it develop?
Kennedy:
We were really lucky to have the resources to make this video. Our auxiliary player Matt is good friends with the animator of the video, Rob Dehlem. He was really hands on, and understood the vibe we were going for. Originally, we sent an idea to loosely follow the lyrical content, but to focus primarily on the mood and interesting visuals. We are so lucky to have been able to make such a video and I’m really happy how it came out.

Which song on Pioneer do you feel you most relate to and why?
Kennedy:
It’s hard to choose just one. I honestly relate to the album as a whole. There are a lot of different relatable ideas that are relayed in each song.

Your fans always tell you how much your music means to them, but what does The Maine mean to you?
Kennedy:
It’s been in my every thought for more than 5 years now… It means the world to say the least.

What does the end of 2012 and 2013 have in store for The Maine?
Kennedy:
Full steam ahead. We are going to be releasing a cover song on Pop Goes Punk 5, and our DVD documentary and live set shortly after (Nov. 19), all while we are finishing out our tour with Mayday Parade and The Postelles. The rest of the year will be spent writing for a new record, hopefully to be release in the first half of next year. We like to stay busy.

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