“Here’s to now and nothing else.”
At this point in time nothing else matters except for The Maine’s sixth full-length studio album Lovely, Little, Lonely. As some of you might remember, The Maine took some time off just after the American Candy tour to fully focus on writing this new album. The band travelled around the country to finish off the album. After teasing this new albums to fans through teaser videos, promo videos and releasing some tracks, its finally here on April 7th.
But before you go rushing in to this album, here’s an advice: this is an album where you want to find yourself in a comfortable setting where it’s just you and the album, where you clear your minds off everything else. Plug your headphones in, forget the world, go on a long drive and listen to this album from start to finish.
This is one of those albums where a story is being told, where the band wants listeners to come on board and truly experience it for themselves. The theme of living and enjoying the present moment is highlighted in the first track “Don’t Come Down” in which in the beginning of the song John said “Here’s to now and everything else”. He’s telling us that every moment is beautiful, the highs and the lows, “the hellos and the goodbyes” This track makes a good introduction to what fans might expect from this new album. Catchy riffs, energetic melody with new sounds yet sticking by the pop-rock roots of the band. This album gives off nothing but positive emotions.
“Bad Behavior” is one of the tracks fans might already be familiar with having it pre-released last month. The song gives off party vibes, representing the youthful energy of being young and free yet eventually we will grow up and this phase will seem strange which is not a bad thing but rather it signifies that we are ready to move on to the next phase of life and take on new challenges.
“Black Butterflies & Deja Vu” reminds us of what young love feels like. How it felt like to have a crush on someone and being in love for the first time. How we would struggle with these emotions and not knowing what to do or being afraid to take action and/or say the word or admit these feelings. This leaves us “back in a thousand Deja Vu” until finally having the courage to do what’s necessary and break out of this cycle.
“Taxi” is a beautiful, intimate track where we the band gives us a first hand experience of of what its like to be in love. (Think sequel to the previous track). We delved inside the minds and hearts of two lovers in an intimate “backseat of a taxi” setting. This song shows us the joy, the anxiety, the nervousness yet exciting feeling of love is of how loving each other ultimately to always be there for one another through the ups and downs of life.
“The Sound of Reverie” further highlights the importance of living in the present and that moments pass by unknowingly to us and how we should live without regret. It revolves around the “Don’t blink because…” words. “Lost In Nostalgia” is a short track comprising of dreamy vocals, slowed down tempo and 80s vibes.
One of the beautiful things about this album is how the tracklist is organized perfectly. How the 3 title tracks “Lovely” “Little” “Lonely” is placed perfectly between songs (which fades off beautifully from the previous track to next track) acting as interludes between the other tracks. These 3 tracks are mostly instrumental with a moody, dreamy feel about them. How the other tracks gives off city vibes and moods, these 3 tracks takes us far away to a different part of the world, an isolated setting (think beach, ocean, etc) where we are alone with our emotions. How the tracks acts as interludes in the album, it’s a metaphorical representation of taking a break from life itself to see how we are doing emotionally while we are going through the different phases in life. It forces us to pause life and give ourselves some necessary alone time of reflection before diving straight back into the fast pace of life.
The last track “ How Do You Feel” could not have been titled any better. It is the perfect conclusion to the album. “Are you alive or are you living?” is the phrase that stands out from this last track. At the end of it all are we just living for the sake of being alive or are we truly experiencing life. This album tells us the ups and downs of life and how every moment, how every sweet and bitter moments are necessary in our lives and that we need them both to be truly living. And although we experience loneliness in some phases of our lives that should not be taken as a negative thing, in fact, we should take it as a beautiful thing where we’re actually having intimate moments with ourselves, our past selves, our future selves to better develop ourselves so that when we eventually meet our significant others we are strong enough to be there for them. That is why these “lonely” moments are an essential part of ourselves and thats why they are lovely, little, lonely.
Lovely, Little, Lonely is the band’s best album yet to date, clearly reflecting the constantly high ambitions they set for themselves and achieving them yet, not forgetting their roots. The Maine is currently on a massive headlining tour around the world promoting the Lovely, Little, Lonely album. Do not miss these shows and be sure to pick up a copy of the band’s new album.
US TOUR DATES:
3/30 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
4/1 – Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
4/2 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
4/4 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
4/7 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
4/8 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
4/9 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
4/11 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
4/13 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
4/14 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
4/15 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
4/18 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
4/19 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
4/21 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
4/22 – Birmingham, AL – WorkPlayTheatre
4/24 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
4/25 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
4/27 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
4/28 – Boston, MA – Royale Boston
4/29 – Montville, CT – Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Resort
4/30 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony
5/2 – Philadelphia, PA – The TLA
5/3 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
5/5 – Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
5/6 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
5/7 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
5/8 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre