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Summer Ends Music Festival: Q&A with The Maine

The Maine interview, Summer Ends Music Fest ticket giveaway

Summer Ends Music Festival will feature live performances by The Replacements, Foster the People, Capital Cities, Descendents, Violent Femmes, Fitz & the Tantrums and more than 20 other popular acts. The inaugural three-day festival will take place September 26-28 at Tempe Beach Park.  Tickets are on sale now: three-day passes for $250 and single-day passes for $65.

Through September, The Spec will be publishing interviews with bands on the lineup and giving away tickets to the event.

Tempe‘s The Maine will perform on day two of Summer Ends. The five-piece rock band formed in 2007 and released two albums before dropping the label and going independent in 2011. This June the group released its fourth album, Forever Halloween. 

The album was recorded live through analog tape without the use of modern editing techniques. “The tape machine was like having an older, wiser, intimidatingly glowing woman in the room,” says frontman John O’Callaghan on the band’s website. “We were all meeting her for the first time, but she already knew everything there was to know about the five of us. In no single way judgmental, but she sniffed out the bullshit and wouldn’t allow us to be anyone we are not. We are now better men for meeting that woman.”

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with O’Callaghan and enter to win a pair of tickets to the festival…

Song of yours you would recommend to someone just being introduced to your music?
For someone just about to embark on their audio journey through our healthy green sonic forest, I’d recommend they start at “Love & Drugs,” “Sad Songs” and “Don’t Stop Listening to Rock & Roll.”

Unexpected talent you or someone else in the band has?
Pat (drums) has the amazing ability of creating the most uncomfortable atmosphere in any given situation.

Must-have thing while on tour or in the studio?
The most imperative thing to have on the road or in the studio is an overwhelming amount of good, vibrant energy. Positivity is contagious and a strong morale can lead to extreme smooth sailing.

Music award, honor, achievement or induction that you would be most excited to get?
I know it seems like a cliche for bands, but playing Madison Square Garden would be a humbling experience and an incredible honor.

Explain the moment you knew that you wanted to be a musician?
The first show at which people in the audience sang words I’d written back at me.

Recent concert you attended as a fan and your favorite memory from it.
I took my younger brothers to Red Rocks in Colorado to see Steely Dan. I don’t think I’ll see anything like that again. It was religious.

Finish the following sentences:

Everyone thinks my music is 2007, but I think it is 2014.

Number one rule of being a musician or in a band is you are a human being first.

Don’t ever underestimate the power of spontaneity.

Summer Ends Music Fest will be all about THE REPLACEMENTS.


Enter below for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Summer Ends Music Festival (the day of your choice). Fifteen winners will be chosen (five for each day of the festival) on July 31 and contacted by email soon after. To be eligible, you must complete the tasks in the Rafflecopter below, including leaving a comment with the day of the festival you most want to attend. Giveaways not your thing? Purchase your tickets online here.

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Follow The Spec’s continuing coverage of Summer Ends Music Festival here.

4 Comments

  1. Love all these ticket give-a-ways! I hope to win a pair of tickets to Saturday’s show!!!

  2. I would like to attend the 9/27/14 Summer Ends date.

  3. I’d like to go to the 3rd day to see the violent femmes!

  4. I want to see day 3

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