Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week
The Maine - Thursday, October 3 - Marquee Theatre, Tempe
Tempe-based The Maine has changed a lot in the six years since they released their first album. The dancey synth beds those early songs played in have been drained, leaving a dry, hard-edged sound behind, and they've gone from unhappy major-label residents to selling 10,000 first-week copies of 2013's Forever Halloween completely independently. One thing that hasn't changed is their fanbase--The Maine has always punched above its weight like that, with Tumblrs and Facebook likes and East Asian Twitter accounts swarming around its every move.
We can't explain that expression of fan love, but it's easy enough to understand why every show they do in the Valley seems to get a little bigger and louder: They're just really good at it. Lead singer John O'Callaghan sets the tone; unable and unwilling to hide behind a guitar, he slides and bounces and screams around the stage like a rock-and-roll-movie frontman come to life. "Let's get fucking weird together," he said, opening July's tour-closing show at Crescent Ballroom. Inasmuch as they have a mission statement, that's it.