The Maine have progressed far beyond their days as a fledgling pop-punk band trying to stand out in a sea of sound-alikes. Since releasing their third full-length album Pioneer in 2011, the band has cemented a reputation for being willing to take creative risks and experiment in ways that musically diverge from their past releases. Now, The Maine is releasing a DVD that follows them through the process of writing and recording their genre-breaking third studio album. We caught up with frontman John O’Callaghan to talk band reputations, maternal approval, and the secret advice for recording a live show.
OS: Your new DVD is just about to come out, and I understand that it details a lot of the struggles you had surrounding the release of Pioneer. Was there any footage that you were afraid of including in the documentary?
JO: I guess that there shouldn’t be. I don’t think you should ever try to censor yourself after the fact. There are certain things that were just a little too heavy, or too overloaded with swear words that might not add anything to the documentary, but occurrences like that were very rare. We tried to put as much of that stuff in there as we could because we were fortunate to have a camera rolling through pretty much the entire process. I think that people deserve to hear that stuff. Hopefully it’s a better indication of who we are as people and what we had to go through to make it happen. Continue reading ‘Exclusive Q and A: The Maine Talk Moms, Cover Songs, and Reputations’