Published May 19, 2017With major music chain HMV closing its Canadian stores distribution across the country with the red and white flag is looking a little, well, blue. Fortunately, entrepreneurial bands such as the Maine can not only self-release but also self-distribute, which is what they've done for latest album Lovely Little Lonely.
In Toronto, the album was only available at Rooster Coffee House and the Toronto show a couple weeks later. Of course, with no one to depend on but themselves, the press done on that tour was of utmost importance to hopefully sell the album.
The Arizona group met up with our No Future YouTube channel to film stripped-down versions of their latest release's songs, which will no doubt convince you to snag a copy if you haven't yet.
For the first song played, vocalist John O'Callaghan and guitarist Jared Monaco delivered a tender take of "I Only Want to Talk to You," with the lack of percussion only adding to the atmosphere. When it came time to do "Taxi," the rest of the band — guitarist Kennedy Brock, bassist Garrett Nickelsen and drummer Patrick Kirch — joined the duo for a full-band experience, with the latter two trading their instruments for a shaker and cajón, respectively.
The fact that they hold up so well even in their stripped-down formats just goes to show that the Maine know a thing or two about writing a perfect pop rock song.