Hometown heroes The Maine kick off tour Tempe style


With the impending release of its fifth studio album, American Candy, Tempe-bred band The Maine feels like it’s starting over.

Drummer Pat Kirch describes the music as upbeat and danceable, reflective of what the band members were listening to as fledgling musicians in the late 1990s, early 2000s like Third Eye Blind and New Radicals.

“I feel like we kind of hit a point with the last couple records that we took that sound as far as we could take it,” Kirch says.

“This feels like we’re a brand new band again. It’s exciting.”

The album is due out March 31, a few days before The Maine kicks off its world tour on April 3 at Marquee Theatre.

“It’ll be great to start the tour there,” he says. “Generally, we always end our tours there.

“This has been great. We definitely appreciate the hometown support system that we have now. I think it’s one of those instances where you go on tour, see all these different places and it takes all of that to realize how great it is to be from here.”

Kirch is excited that his hometown fans get to hear the new music first. The album has been under wraps, so much so that the musicians didn’t tell a soul that they were working on new tracks.

“We recorded in the middle of the desert in California in Joshua Tree,” he says. “We rented this giant house in the middle of the desert and recorded up there for a month.

“We got off the Internet. For two to three months we weren’t using any social media or our website. It was nice to get back to the only thing we had to focus on, which was the songs.”

The secretive process helped build excitement within the band, which formed eight years ago.

“It feels fresh and exciting,” he says. “There are so many things we haven’t had a chance to do that we want to do. There is tons of excitement around the band right now.”

Because of this new sounds, though, don’t expect The Maine to shun its past.

“We’re going to play a bit off of all the records,” he says. “I think we’ll probably play the exact amount of songs off all the records. I think this particular tour will be a good representation of everything that we’ve done as a band.”

American Candy fits perfectly within the band’s catalog.

“This could have been our second or third album and it would make as much sense then as it does now,” he says.

“This record is who our band is. It’s one of those things when you go into record an album, you don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. I didn’t know what kind of album we were going to make. I got a little freaked out. But it’s so exciting and new that the energy is just building.”

The Maine w/Real Friends, Knuckle Puck and The Technicolors, Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, Friday, April 3, 7 p.m., $20


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