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Graduating high school early is nothing for a band when you have already graduated from the school of rock with honors. The Maine have taken no classes, were given no grades, and had no teachers. Hailing from Phoenix, AZ all they had was a gut feeling that the music they were playing rocked and inspired kids nationwide. Now, riding a wave of melodic lines and infectious hooks, The Maine is making their way to your ears with their debut EP, The Way We Talk on December 11, 2007.
The Maine formed in January of 2007. After junior year, when most students look forward to slacking off as seniors, The Maine asked two members to graduate early so that they can share their music with the rest of the world. You see, seven periods a day is just seven periods too long for The Maine who can't wait to get home to write more tunes. Bassist Garrett Nickelsen honestly states, "School has never really been number one for me, I have always tried to focus on the band so I'm ready to really get this band going." Now already juggling music video shoots, recording sessions and concerts, The Maine actually had the ink dry on their record contract before it dries on their diploma.
After gathering a huge following through Myspace, The Maine played their first show in front of over 600 fans, acquired solely through word of mouth and this social networking site. Scouts from almost every major and indie record label were present waiting in line to sign them after their jaw dropping performance. Jarred loves every minute on stage, "Playing live is the reason we exist. The energy that we feel on stage is usually a result of what we are feeling from our fans. It's just us conveying our experiences and feelings through our presence, and thriving off of the response we get. Garrett adds to our performance, he has a strong way of communicating with the crowd. When we see Garret going crazy it reminds us all of why we love what we do." The Maine's amazing live performances caught the eye of Fearless Records (Plain White T's, Sugarcult and Rock Kills Kid) and booking agent Matt Galle (My Chemical Romance, Boys Like Girls and HelloGoodbye.) Never forgetting their online roots, The Maine continues to personally monitor their MySpace page. When you add the band as a friend you could bet it's them behind the keyboard personally sending you a message back thanking you for listening. Sure, they can get a little bit behind with over a thousand friend requests a day, but they figure it's the least that they can do. Honest and fun responses to fans questions through their many video blogs show that these guys are all about the fans and their friends. The Maine love their job because they love music.
In January 2007 The Maine had a goal to write original music and make the band their careers. Less then a year later, they have a rapidly growing bi-coastal following, signed onto Fearless Records and have their first EP, The Way We Talk, slated for a release in December '07. Now with their guitars strapped and mics checked all that is left is for The Maine to destroy your senses and capture your soul with their jaw dropping melodies and amazing hooks.