Concert Review: The Maine at The Paramount

The Maine is a pop rock band from Tempe, AZ. I attended the “Modern Nostalgia Tour” at The Paramount in Huntington on Sunday, Nov. 5. The lineup of the tour was: Night Riots, Dreamers and The Maine.

The Paramount concert venue is in Huntington, New York. The venue holds about 1,500 seats. The Maine has played at The Paramount with Mayday Parade on the “American Lines Tour” last year.

I got in to Huntington and unfortunately missed Night Riots set. I was fortunate enough to catch Dreamers set. Even though there were a few people in the crowd that knew songs by Dreamers, including myself, a lot of the crowd were swaying along to the songs Dreamers performed.

After an intermission between sets, The Maine took the stage and performed Lovely, Little, Lonely and American Candy in its entirety. Here is the setlist.

  1. Don’t Come Down
  2. Bad Behavior
  3. Lovely
  4. Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu
  5. Taxi
  6. Do You Remember? (other half of 23)
  7. Little
  8. The Sound of Reverie
  9. Lost In Nostalgia
  10. I Only Wanna Talk To You
  11. Lonely
  12. How Do You Feel?
  13. Miles Away
  14. Same Suit, Different Tie
  15. My Hair
  16. English Girls
  17. 24 Floors
  18. Diet Soda Society
  19. Am I Pretty?
  20. (Un)Lost
  21. American Candy
  22. Another Night On Mars

In between the two albums, The Maine took an intermission to change from an all white outfit to their iconic blue suits. The stage was set up beautifully with a backdrop that was red, white, and blue, and the stage had a lot of flower petals. It was lovely to see how they set up the stage.

Every time I see The Maine, the vibe of the venue is always positive and The Maine never disappoints. It’s impressive that every time I see The Maine, John O’Callaghan’s voice is still top quality. The band engages well with the listeners. At one point during the show, John O’Callaghan caught a sweaty bra and put it on. The Maine never fails to entertain both musically and the things that they do. My favorite part of the experience was getting to hear the interlude songs from Lovely, Little, Lonely. My favorite transition is from “Bad Behavior” to “Lovely” to “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu.” I went with a great group of people, and had a great time seeing The Maine for my seventh time.

If you want to read more blog posts about The Maine…

In other news, Trophy Eyes released a statement via. Facebook stating that the group has parted ways with their drummer, Of Mice & Men released a new single “Warzone,” As It Is released the music video for “No Way Out,” Neck Deep released the music video for “Parachute,” and Nothing But Thieves announced a tour across the United States with AWOLNATION in 2018 (tickets and tour information can be found here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Song Review: “No Way Out” by As It Is

Forming in 2012, As It Is is an up and coming pop-punk band from Brighton, England. The band is composed of five members whose names are: Patty Walters, Patrick Foley, Benjamin Langford-Biss, Andy Westhead, and Alistair Testo. The band has been supporting major bands in the scene such as: Mayday Parade, ROAM, Sum 41, Sleeping With Sirens, and more. The band has also played at Warped Tour in 2015.

On Thursday Dec. 1, As Is It released a new song off of their upcoming album okay. The single “No Way Out” is the second released by As It Is. The first single, “Pretty Little Distance” was released on Oct. 13.

“No Way Out” does not have a music video, but shows artwork similar to their album artwork. The lyrics to “No Way Out” is raw and emotional explaining how pain can make you feel like you can’t escape. The song brings up the idea of mental health affecting things that you do. It’s so important for people to realize that mental heath affects so many people and that a smile can truly hide a lot of underlying emotion.

Personally, I’m so excited to hear okay. because Never Happy Ever After was a great album. I love the way that Patty and Ben sing together. Patty has a higher pitch than Ben, but Ben has a refreshing raspy voice. I’ve seen As It Is open up for Mayday Parade in 2015 for the AP Tour, and I got a setlist from Patty Walters. Also, I saw As It Is at the 2015 Vans Warped Tour. As It Is has a lot of energy live, and Patty Walters can kick impressively high. The drumming by Patrick Foley leads the song and keeps th rhythm of the entire song. I enjoyed “Pretty Little Distance” and “No Way Out.” I like the vulnerability “No Way Out” has. Vocally and instrumentally, As It Is is gaining more recognition for their music in the scene. The great thing about As It Is is that they care about the people who support their music. In their Facebook post from yesterday, you can read about how thankful they are for people to listen and appreciate their music.

 okay. is As It Is’ second full length album and with Fearless Records. According to a post on their Instagram:

“One of the inner pieces of artwork from the physical version of ‘okay.’ We live in a world where we hide from the problems in ourselves, in our family lives and in the world around us. We gloss over and constantly avoid issues saying that everything is okay. This record is us at our most honest, bringing all the issues that we force behind a smile to the forefront. We cannot wait to share it with you on January 20th. Pre-order at asitisofficial.com”

Their first album was released in 2015 by Fearless Records titled Never Happy Ever After featuring songs such as “Dial Tones,” and “Concrete.” The upcoming album okay. will be released on Jan. 20, 2017. You can pre-order the album on iTunes or on As It Is‘ website. As It Is will be supporting State Champs in early 2017 in Australia and Japan and tickets and tour dates can be found here.

In other news, Falling In Reverse announced their upcoming tour will be with Motionless In White that will begin on Jan. 13, 2017 across the United States, The Maine released episode 5 of “Miserable Youth” via. YouTube that can be seen here, and Neck Deep performed “December” for APTV, you can see the performance here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria