On their latest album “American Candy” Tempe, AZ rockers The Maine display a well polished rock & roll sound with several songs that will surely be the soundtrack to many a summer. The group brought their American Candy Tour to the House of Blues in Boston, MA on Tuesday night with a diverse line-up of rock, punk, and Americana flavored rock.
First to the stage was the rising young band, The Technicolors. Their sound is very much rooted in the 1990’s, taking elements from both Britpop artists such as Blur and Oasis and blending them with the popular garage rock that dominated US airwaves during the decade. Playing a few songs from their recently released EP “Ultraviolet Disguise” as well as an abbreviated cover of Tal Bachman’s “She’s So High” they showed their 90’s influence to the Boston crowd.
Illinois pop punk outfit Knuckle Puck took the stage next, a loud, high energy sound got the punk fans in the crowd moving. Mosh pits opened up, crowd surfers flew over the barricade, creating a very summer-esque Warped Tour like atmosphere in the Boston venue. They closed their set with the rousing tune “No Good” off their EP “The Weight That You Buried.”
The Warped Tour atmosphere continued as fellow Illinois punk rockers Real Friends took to the stage next. Having released their debut album “Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing” almost a year ago, the group have built up a strong, loyal fan base who turned out in full throat for their set. The fast paced “Lose Ends” expanded on the atmosphere created by Knuckle Puck, getting the mosh pits and crowd surfers going.
The Maine came out around 9:30pm, shrouded by light blue stage lighting, matching the aesthetic of American Candy. The crowd reception was loud and enthusiastic and right from the get go put smiles on the band’s faces. Things kicked off with the first track from American Candy “Miles Away,” one of those summery song best played while driving with the windows down. That was followed by an extended, bluesy version of the song “Run” from the groups last release “Forever Halloween.” By the time they were done, The Maine would touch on all 5 of their studio albums, going all the way back to 2008’s “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” even, to play “Into Your Arms” which was played solo acoustically by frontman John O’Callaghan.
Throughout their set, those paying close attention to the band may have noticed how happy and positive the band seemed on stage. Another fun moment during the show occurred when the band launched into a cover of the Rolling Stones classic “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” a song they were introducing to many of their younger fans for the first time. The night was capped with the song “Right Girl” – as is usually the case during Maine shows – and a promise to return soon.
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