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POZ Review: Pioneer North American Tour (Live EP)

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 2, 2012

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The Maine are gaining quite the reputation for their independent streak. Following their move to self-release 2011’s Pioneer caused by WMG’s refusal to issue the album, the band embarked on a two month long cross-country trek, accompanied by a pair of unlikely (albeit excellent) tourmates, Lydia and ArkellsThe Pioneer North American Tour (Live EP) is a three-way split between the acts, with each band contributing two tracks, along with a cover by all three to round off the collection.

Neither Maine track here, “Identify” or “Every Road”, improves on their studio versions. “Identify” finds frontman John O’Callaghan yowling through some sort of muted, echoey distortion. And while the effect might have been operative in concert, it is totally lost on the split. Meanwhile, “Every Road” includes two extended instrumental vamps during which something interesting might have been happening live, but it is near-impossible to tell on the recording. The split concludes by sliding into the opening bars of what appears to be “I’m Sorry” before abruptly cutting off. Would a fade-out have been too much to ask for?

Lydia’s and Arkell’s tracks fare far better. Lydia’s “Best Nights” tamps down some of the dense atmospherics that overburdened the song on 2011’s Paint It Golden; the more straightforward arrangement here allows space for frontman Leighton Antelman’s yearning, empathetic vocals (the band’s best asset), to shine. And “All I See” takes it one step further. If the original arrangement was sparse, then live, with just Antelman and a quietly chiming electric guitar, it becomes positively haunting. Meanwhile, Canadian newcomers (and Juno award winners) Arkells have quickly established a reputation as a great live band, and it is easy to hear why: the 80’s-indebted rock of “Where U Goin” and “On Paper” both benefit from a touch of quick-wit stage banter, and pick up some extra bite outside of the studio confines.

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The Maine Announce Live EP

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 2, 2012

The Maine will be releasing a free live EP on July 4th featuring themselves, Lydia, and Arkells. Check out the track listing below by clicking “Read More.”

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The Maine Live Mashup Performance

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 23, 2012

The Maine recently performed a mashup of their cover of “With A Little Help From My Friends” and the Arkells song “That Thing You Do.” Arkells, Lydia and The Maine took the stage. Check it out below by clicking “Read More.”

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The Maine Post Beatles Cover Studio Footage

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 17, 2012

The Maine have released a video of their time spent in the studio recording a cover of The Beatles ”With A Little Help From My Friends.” Check it out below by clicking “Read More.”

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The Maine Release Beatles Cover Ft. Lydia, Arkells

by Zack Zarrillo - May 1, 2012

The Maine have released their cover of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friend” that features Lydia and Arkells. Listen to it below by clicking “Read More.”

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The Maine Frontman Joins Arkells On Stage For “On Paper”

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 17, 2012

Arkells was recently joined on stage during the Pioneer Tour by John O’Callaghan of The Maine. Check out the song “On Paper” featuring the frontman below by clicking “Read More.”

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The Maine Pioneer Tour Set List

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 16, 2012

The Maine are currently on the road with Lydia and Arkells on The Pioneer Tour. Check out their set list below by clicking “Read More.”

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The Maine, Lydia, Arkells Cover The Beatles

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 15, 2012

The Maine, Lydia, And Arkells kicked off The Pioneer Tour last night and performed a cover of “With A Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles. Check it out below by clicking “Read More.”

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The Maine Frontman Featured On Arkells Song

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 14, 2012

John O’Callaghan from The Maine has been featured on an Arkells song called “On Paper.” You can download the song here and check out The Pioner Tour dates below by clicking “Read More.”

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