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The Maine gets happy with latest album

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As befits its title, "American Candy," The Maine's fifth studio album is being received as significantly brighter than the Arizona rock group's last couple of release.

Frontman John O'Callaghan says that a) that's correct and b) it's not by accident.

"There were a lot of things that inspired me to want to take it in that direction," explains O'Callaghan, 26, who co-founded The Maine during 2007 in Tempe with a lineup that's still together today. "Just being on tour and hearing the reality of individual lives that we interact with on a daily basis, hearing a lot of stories about how important music is to one's psyche and one's emotional state -- that's exciting, y'know?

"So I really wanted to focus on creating that sonic, uplifting vibe on this album. We tried to focus on creating a sound that made people move and melodies that were easily shown and hopefully kid of relatable. And I think people are definitely attaching to it in a positive manner."

"American Candy" hit some high chart positions for The Maine after its late March release, including No. 7 on the Alternative Albums chart, No. 9 on the Rock Albums survey. That was a relief for O'Callaghan, who was a bit apprehensive because of the change in tone -- and, he adds, just because the band was putting out a new album in the first place.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous with each release," he confesses. "But I feel like having a more clear mind throughout the process and being confident with where we're at and kind of having four other (albums) under our belt, I think we jsut needed to give our listeners something new and we needed something new for ourselves, too, as far as our creative headspace goes.

"And we're very fortunate that people are still interested."

The Maine, Real Friends, Knuckle Puck and the Technicolors

Sunday, April 26. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac.

Tickets are $20.

Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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