The Maine have done a great job of staying active and relevant since they went out on the independent level in 2012. Over the past eighteen months they've released their fourth album (Forever Halloween in 2013,) an acoustic album (Imaginary Numbers in 2013,) and now a deluxe version of Forever Halloween.
"There are five new tracks," said drummer Pat Kirch speaking with Alternative Addiction about the deluxe edition. "It's kind of a mixture of somethings that are a little bit older and some things that we had written that we hadn't had a chance to go in and record yet, then there's a brand new song too. So, there's a bunch of new music there."
Forever Halloween was produced by Brendan Benson. Benson is a critically acclaimed solo artist in his own right, doing that steadily while releasing some great albums. He's also a member of Jack White's Raconteurs when that band is active.
"We were kind of having a hard time coming up with ideas as far as who we wanted to record with," explained Kirch on how the band was able to work with Benson. "We knew we wanted to do something out of our comfort zone and something that wasn't that normal. We kind of wanted to try a different technique of recording too. We thought recording with someone who's in a band that we respect would be cool to try too to get a different artistic perspective on the songs. One day I was trying to think of ideas and Brendan's name hit me as a great option. We had our manager send an email to his manager and we heard back. He was excited to do it, and we were too."
Benson didn't just provide an alternate artistic perspective in the studio, he taught the band how to record in a classic way that would help them expand their sound and alter their style the right amount for their fourth album.
"Now that it's been over a year since it's been out and a year and a half since we recorded the songs, I'm just as proud now as when we recorded the album. I think we proved to ourselves that we're a real band. That we can record the way we did. We recorded it to tape without any protools or any of that stuff. We didn't know if we could do that and make a record we would be happy with, and we did. I'm very proud and I think it was and is the next evolution of what we're becoming as a band," added Kirch.
The Maine is out on Warped Tour right now. You can pick up both Imaginary Numbers and the deluxe edition of Forever Halloween on the band's official site.