Don’t Stop The Maine Now – Part 1!

On October 7th, the O2 Academy in Birmingham was packed with ecstatic fans, waiting to see two separate shows! But while a bunch of highly dedicated fans were stuck outside in the midst of all the anarchy – Our Brumoters were having a lovely chat with The Maine’s lead guitarist Jared Monaco and bassist Garrett Nickelsen!

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Make sure to check out the band’s track ‘Forever Halloween’ in the video underneath the hilarious interview!


– So for those who don’t know you guys, what makes The Maine, The Maine?

Garrett: We are five boys from Phoenix, Arizona and we like to play rock’n’roll.
Jared: That’s… I couldn’t do a better job.
Garrett: Thanks man.


– Can you describe your sound in three words?

Garrett: I just did, rock’n’roll.
Jared: But we can pick something else.
Garrett: Wait, I’ve got it. Rock…
Jared: Is…
Garrett: (laughing) Roll.
Jared: (laughing) Rock is roll.


– So you’ve been to the UK 9 times so far, what makes you keep coming back?

Garrett: It… seems like people like us here, like just a little amount of people.
Jared: Yeah, enough people to play a show in most cities.
Garrett: So that’s been cool.
Jared: We’ve been lucky enough to come back on a couple of support tours too, you know? We’ve been on the All Time Low tour, Deaf Havana tour and they do kind of help strengthen our fanbase over here so we’ve had these support tours, which have been great and it’s allowed us to come back and headline. It just made sense as we had some time at the end of this year and we wanted to make sure we showed our faces again.
Garrett: And we got to bring our buddies Lydia and Nick Santino over and we kind of made it like a family thing and they all seem to be excited so it works.


– Speaking about people you’ve toured with, who would you say were your favourite’s and why?

Garrett: I feel like one of the first tours we did, with Good Charlotte. They were great guys and I feel like we learned so much from them, just like from a live show and how to be on tour and how to treat people on tour. I feel like… just learning wise, that was a big one.
Jared: I really like when we toured with Taking Back Sunday, they were some of the coolest dudes ever. They were one of those bands where growing up, they were one of the reasons that I started playing local shows and to meet those people – especially Good Charlotte too – it’s good to meet those people and see that they’re awesome too and you can learn something from a band like that, who have been around for so long, so it was nice to be friends and learn so much from those guys.


– Was it a very surreal experience?

Jared: Yes, definitely. I mean, when we got the news that we were going to be on [Taking Back Sunday’s] tour], I think that was kind of the really surreal part and once we got ready really focusing on the tour, more so about business, getting out there and being ready for it. But it was definitely surreal.


– What are your favourite tracks to play live?

Jared: It’s always the newest songs that we’re playing live, at least for me. Right now we’re playing a song that is on the B-Side of our new record Forever Halloween, which is called Vanilla and that one has been really fun to play, it’s kind of fresh so…
Garrett: Yeah, that one’s been really fun. I’m going to agree with that.


– What has been your most memorable career highlight so far?

Garrett: (Laughing) I was going to make a joke… I don’t know, probably the whole Pioneer thing. That whole record process… it was f*cked up, but it was cool and just us being able to grow in that kind of way, it made us realise that we could actually be a band.
Jared: We had to fight out way off a record label so that was a whole situation for us.
Garrett: I mean, that aside, just the recording of it. Doing it ourselves and that whole thing was really awesome and proved to me that if we were put in that situation that we could handle it.


– While on the subject of memorable experiences, have you guys had any interesting fan experiences?

Garrett: Everything’s been pretty much awesome.
Jared: A guy said he was going to kill me in Amsterdam because I was American.
Garrett: Yeah.
Jared: And he got in my face and it got really bad. I really thought we were going to have to fight this guy. That was the day that we got there, before our show we were walking around downtown and we stopped for coffee and this guy just came up and started giving us all death threats cause he hated Americans so much… (laughing) and we were all wearing denim, so we all looked like cowboys… on this tour that was definitely the most stand out moment and I was like holy sh*t, hatred is still a thing in parts of the world, it was crazy.
Garrett: For me the best part was when I was playing with my buddy Jared over here on Madden and I beat him by one point.
Jared: Yeah, we set up the Xbox and started playing football on it… or I should say ‘American Football.’ Oh and I fell over and knocked over-
Garrett: Oh yeah, that was fun.
Jared: I was on stage the other night and our guitar tech Adam was kneeling down behind me as he was fixing some stuff and I didn’t see him. So I backed up, fell over him and I took out the whole wall that was behind me and I ended up on my back… I’ve never done that before, I mean you’ve taken a couple of spills.
Garrett: Yeah, I’ve puked on stage and knocked stuff over.
Jared: Well that was my very first experience belly up, so… it was pretty fun.


So that’s all for PART 1 of our interview with Garrett and Jared from The Maine!

Make sure to check out PART 2 TOMORROW!

Where the lads will be discussing baby-sized business suits, new music and going to bed!
If you haven’t already, make sure to follow The Maine on Twitter:
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Don’t give up on The Maine!

Last night, The Maine returned to the UK and impressed their highly dedicated fans at their show at the O2 Academy2 in Birmingham with an incredible performance!

The American band from Arizona came to Birmingham as part of the UK leg of the 8123 tour and two of our Brumoters got the chance to catch up with The Maine’s bassist Garrett Nickelsen and lead guitarist Jared Monaco, the interview for which will be available on October 13th!

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The group consisting of Pat Kirch, Kennedy Brock, John O’Callaghan, Jared Monaco and Garrett Nickelsen (Left to Right) entertained all the fans that had packed themselves into the venue, with a range of old and new tracks, including ‘Misery’ and ‘Kiss and Sell.’

But before the lads graced the stage with their amazing performance, Nick Santino (ex-frontman for A Rocket to the Moon) and Lydia wowed the crowd with their support sets.

Although it was his first ever tour in the UK, Nick Santino had no nerves seeming to hold him back as his incredible stage presence held the audience’s attention throughout the entirety of his acoustic performance.

Lydia took the stage next, bringing with them an unbelievable amount of energy that left the crowd wanting more as they made sure to sing the lyrics back to the ecstatic group.

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Then came the moment everybody had been waiting for, The Maine finally took to the stage causing the venue to erupt into cheers, obviously excited to see the lads pop across the pond once again as they broke out into a number of old and new tracks.

The lads’ energetic set featured a number of fan favourites and the only time the group slowed down was to interact and chat to their ecstatic and loud fans (though many ‘accent’ issues arose, like when lead singer John O’Callaghan mistook the words “Pretty Good” as “Grand Canyon” when speaking about their home state).

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The highly talented band made sure to perform their hearts out and ensured that all those attending the event were thoroughly entertained, which rang true when the lads began to discuss a potential album release next year!

The Maine rounded off their incredible performance with a track from their first studio album in 2008: ‘We’ll All Be’, for which, both Nick Santino and Lydia graced the stage once again to help The Maine out and end the show with a bang!

We definitely recommend going to see The Maine live as they have the talent and an impressive setlist, which should have another few hits joining in as the lads are set to hit the recording studio next month! We have no doubts, that like they did last night, the group will keep you thoroughly entertained and leave you wanting more!

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Brumotions give their performance 5/5 Microphones!

Make sure to keep up-to-date with the band on their website: www.wearethemaine.net

Why not watch a few of their music videos below and let us know what you think!

BREAKING NEWS: Sam Callahan to perform in Birmingham.

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Yesterday, Sam Callahan announced via Twitter (https://twitter.com/samcallahan94/status/514806507888971776), an array of UK shows as a part of the Sam Callahan Live in Concert tour.

Sam will be appearing in 5 different cities around the UK including Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, London and Birmingham in October and November this year. (See Below for dates)

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Sam announced the tour on both facebook and twitter where the #SamCallahansUKTour went on to become a trending topic on twitter.

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Tickets will be on sale from Friday at http://www.glasswerk.co.uk

Let us know which date you will be going to!

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Introducing Marianas Trench…

We Brumoters love a good sassy, group of musicians and our recent obsession Marianas Trench are no different!

Not only are these lads able to pen incredible songs (most with a hint of sass – including their newest tune Pop 101, which references Justin Timberlake, Ke$ha, Mumford & Sons, Jason Derulo and more!), but they’re also pretty sassy on Twitter!

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The Canadian pop rock band is made up of (from Left to Right) – Mike Ayley (Bassist & vocalist), Josh Ramsay (Lead Singer & rhythm guitarist – who also helped pen Carly Rae Jepsen’s summer hit ‘Call Me Maybe), Ian Casselman (Drummer & backing vocalist) & Matt Webb (Lead guitarist & vocalist), who we believe are going to take over the UK with their incredible tracks (though this is as soon as they decide to come to the UK… that’s right lads, we’re waiting!).

Although a few of our Brumoters had found this group nearly 7 years ago, when the band released their debut studio album – they only recently re-discovered the band after the release of their latest tune

And they lads are yet to officially release their albums and tour over here in the UK.

Though if the group are to announce a UK/European tour, we will announce the details for you all!

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With three albums and two EP’s under their belt, the band have a large arsenal of amazing tracks for you all to check out – like Shake Tramp (the video is just as hilarious as the track title) and Desperate Measures, both of which you’ll be able to listen to via the video below!

The group’s most recent track ‘Pop 101’ is currently available to purchase on iTunes & Amazon, so why not listen to it below before purchasing it!

(No images or video footage included is our own)

Kingsland Road are Dirty Dancing into our hearts!

Kingsland Road impressed their dedicated fans at their SOLD OUT show at the O2 Academy in Birmingham last night with a jam packed, energetic performance!

The East London formed group came to Birmingham as part of their debut tour across the UK.

KingslandRoadBirmingham.jpgThe group consisting of Matt, Connor, Josh, Jay and Thompson entertained both the old and new K-Landers with a range of songs, including the one’s that are set to feature on their EP, which will be released August 10th!

Four support acts were included during the gig, acoustic performers Jess Havens and Ellie Rose’s vocals wowed the sold out crowd during their own twenty minute sets!

Then Canary Swing took to the stage, bringing an incredible amount of energy and talent with them that left the crowd wanting more, before rapper Jessica Alice took to the stage with an equal and amazing amount of stage presence to those before her.

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Then came the moment everyone had been waiting for, Kingsland Road ran onto the stage and performed ‘Walk Away’, a track set to appear on their EP, which their highly dedicated fans had already learnt the lyrics to and proceeded to shout them back to the ecstatic lads.

The boys incredible set featured tracks for both the old and new fans, including a small, hilarious performance of ‘My Dog’ for the older fans and a cover of Ellie Goulding’s ‘Burn’, which was posted to their YouTube channel in February.

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The group, more popularly known for appearing on the tenth series of The X Factor, had the packed venue singing and dancing along throughout their entire performance, ensuring that everyone was thoroughly entertained!

Kingsland Road rounded off their incredible performance with their debut single ‘Dirty Dancer’, which is another track to feature on the groups debut EP!

We definitely recommend going to see Kingsland Road live as they have the talent (both singing and dancing) and an impressive setlist, which is without a doubt, going to take them far. We have no doubts, that – like they did last night – the group will keep you thoroughly entertained and leave you wanting more!

Brumotions gives their performance 5/5 Microphones!

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You can pre-order their brand new, self-titled EP, which will be available from August 10th on iTunes!

Why not watch the video of their performance of ‘Treasure’ from the gig yesterday and let us know what you think!

New 2014 UK tour announced for Rixton!

After gaining a number one position in the UK charts with their debut single ‘Me & My Broken Heart‘ and holding a small number of shows across the UK, Rixton have announced their first UK headline tour!

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Fans of the talented group will be able to see the lads perform at a number of live shows across the UK, including a show at the Birmingham O2 Academy2 on October 23rd!

The UK tour dates are as shown below:

October:

22/10 – Oxford, UK//O2 Academy2.
23/10 – Birmingham, UK//O2 Academy2.
24/10 – Leicester, UK//O2 Academy2.
26/10 – Manchester, UK//O2 Academy2.
28/10 – Nottingham, UK//Rescue Rooms.
29/10 – Leeds, UK//Cockpit 1.
30/10 – Newcastle, UK//O2 Academy2.
31/10 – Glasgow, UK//Oran Mor.

November:

2/11 – Sheffield, UK//O2 Academy2.
3/11 – London, UK//Koko.
4/11 – Southampton, UK//Brook.
6/11 – Brighton, UK//Concorde2.
7/11 – Cardiff, UK//CF10.

Make sure to get your tickets NOW as they are currently available and expected to sell fast!

George Ezra announces Autumn 2014 tour!

Following the success of his debut album ‘Wanted on Voyage’, which debuted at Number 3 in the UK charts, George Ezra has announced a UK tour, this October!

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Fans of the new and incredibly talented artist will be able to see the chart-topping lad perform at a number of live shows across the UK, including a show at the Institute in Birmingham on October 25th!

However, make sure to get your tickets NOW! As this tour follows previous, sold out tours in both February and June!

The UK tour dates are as shown below:

16/10 – Leeds, UK//Met University.
17/10 – Newscastle, UK//Newcastle University.
18/10 – Glasgow, UK//Queen Margaret Union.
20/10 – Manchester, UK//Manchester Ritz.
21/10 – Bristol, UK//O2 Academy Bristol.
22/10 – Portsmouth, UK//Pyramids Centre.
24/10 – London, UK//Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
25/10 – Birmingham, UK//The Institute.
26/10 – Cardiff, UK//Cardiff University Solus.

Tickets are currently AVAILABLE!