Anyone who says Rock and Roll is dead obviously did not see The Maine perform at Baltimore Soundstage last night. The Emo rockers from Arizona, have a distinct sound. While this sound changed flavors throughout their five albums and four EP’s something has stayed consistent at its core. It’s modern American rock music and a splash of emo. That core helps make their setlist flow from old song to new and back without sounding too different. This is unique for bands in this scene, who normally have no traces of previous albums when they try new sounds. With bands like The Maine emo is alive and well, just a new candy coating on it for the current decade.
The Maine drew a crowd almost filling the small Baltimore venue. Soundstage has been on a streak of hosting many prominent and up and coming rock band these past few months and they have a great venue for it. It is small enough to feel intimate like The Ottobar, but large enough to have a feel like U street music hall. That atmosphere lends itself perfectly to a band like The Maine because no matter where you are in the venue people are singing and dancing to song after song and it’s infectious. The visuals were also impressive. They had a multi-color light system that you would normally see with bands performing festivals or larger venues but fit perfectly in Soundstage. It was a nice change from the light panel they had on the last tour.
The most captivating thing of The Maine’s performance last night was the fun they had with it. They brought a young fan up on stage to sing with them, who didn’t know the lyrics of the older song but they were okay with that. They were more than happy to teach her the words. They also sang bits of Creed and Smash Mouth as stage banter and the crowd was eating all this up. You could tell they didn’t take themselves or their art too seriously and were there to give a good show and have fun. They did just that.
All photos were taken by Owen Paterline Photography. For more images of the show check out the gallery below.