Arizona modern rockers The Maine made some significant changes for its sophomore album, “Black & White” — including moving to a major label and approaching the recording of the 10-song set with a more major league mindset, according to guitarist Kennedy Brock.
“On the last record (2008’s ‘Can’t Stop Won’t Stop’) we kind of were fumbling around for a sound that we wanted to have. We didn’t really know where we wanted to be with the songs,” explains Brock, 21. “I feel like on this record we really had a clear idea. We wanted more of a rock sound, and I feel like we accomplished that, at least.
“And we had, I think, a little more musical development and a little more different tastes and different songwriters helping us. I think we used their influences to write a little bit of a different record this time around.”
The quintet worked with writers such as Butch Walker, Gregg Wattenberg and Zac Maloy this time out, but Brock says the young band was also helped enormously by well-credentialed producer Howard Benson (Daughtry, Papa Roach, Kelly Clarkson, Seether) and the team of engineers at his Bay 7 Studios in Los Angeles, where the Maine recorded “Black & White” at the beginning of the year.
“They were so amazingly efficient and on point,” Brock recalls. “When we wanted something to sound a certain way, it was just instantly sounding that way. When a situation is like that, it’s really easy to mess around and play parts to a song and figure out what you want very quickly.
“It was a great experience and ... a pretty quick in and out. Everyone there definitely knows what they’re doing. It was really inspiring.”
The Maine and This Century perform Wednesday, July 28, at the Eagle Theater, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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