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by Ali Killian, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Imaginary Numbers makes me feel uncomfortable.
The EP forces me to remember lonely nights, crippling depression, the sinkhole forming in my chest. Tears perched on the ends of eyelashes blurring my vision. Confusion swirling through my skull. Wishing both to cease feeling and to experience something other than dark blue. Imaginary Numbers feels all of these things for me and then spits them back out.
I think The Wonder Years’ vocalist Dan “Soupy” Campbell said it best, “I think that most everyone I know involved in punk or hardcore is intrinsically fucked up on some level. There is something wrong with us. Maybe not ‘wrong’, but certainly different.” Though The Maine can hardly be considered punk rock, it’s fair to say that the band and its fans are certainly part of this weird little scene we have going on. To some degree, we’ve been there. Regardless of what mental anguish you’re battling, chances are someone who likes one of these bands that you like, too, has also been there. There’s a familiarity in the music; some common theme weaved together by strings of other themes and feelings and experiences to which we relate.
That’s what I hear in Imaginary Numbers.
by Becky Kovach, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Starting out in music at a young age can be difficult. The sound you latch onto at first might not be what you find yourself drawn towards as you grow up. Case in point: The Maine.
When the band released its first full-length Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, in 2008, they were just young kids from Arizona singing lighthearted songs about girl troubles. But their most recent release, Forever Halloween, is a far cry from the breezy pop rock that launched The Maine’s career. Play the two back to back, and you’d hardly believe it was the same band. Though in many ways it’s not the same band. Forever Halloween depicts a version of The Maine that is not only more mature, but more confident as well.
The Maine balances slow and somber alternative rock rhythms with its pop rock roots throughout the album, letting them manifest in the captivating choruses of songs like “Take What You Can Carry,” “Run,” “Happy,” and “Fucked Up Kids.”
“Take What You Can Carry” kicks off the album with hollow percussion, sleepy piano, and echoing vocals before warmly opening up. “Happy” has a similarly upbeat feel, brought on by rolling guitars and animated background vocals. Though a closer listen reveals that the song is about being anything but happy.
Meanwhile “Run” and “Fucked Up Kids” have an edgier tone. “Run” features a dynamic bass line that underscores the otherwise roomy verses. Its catchy chorus uses sharply distorted guitars and a playful melody to subdue its morose lyrics (“You put the gun in my hand / So now run, I’ll stall the demons / But you really should be leaving.”) Steady guitars and splashy cymbals anchor “Fucked Up Kids,” a song about doing your own thing. It’s got the kind of chorus that, despite not being the catchiest on the album, will needle its way into your brain because of its universality.