The Maine’s frontman, John O’Callaghan, discusses the band’s forthcoming album and the way his personal love story impressed their newest single ‘April 7th.’ He additionally reveals how The Maine hasn’t misplaced its ‘excitement’ since 2007.
“I think just with every record and every song that we create, it’s obviously hard to not imbue whatever I’m going through in my life into the material that comes out,” John O’Callaghan, the frontman of The Maine, instructed HollywoodLife. While John and the band created their upcoming album, XOXO: From Love & Anxiety in Real Time, amid the pandemic — inside a short lived quarantine home, the truth is — the document isn’t just a manifestation of the nervousness that 2020 introduced. As the album’s title suggests, it provides a large spectrum of feelings and experiences that listeners can “attach” themselves to: from nostalgia to a component of “existential crisis” to the positives. John targeted on the latter for The Maine’s newest music launch, “April 7th,” which dropped on that exact same day.
“I met my wife, my now wife, like, probably 11 years ago….via mutual friends. I was going to a buddy’s wedding, and we didn’t really like see each other with those eyes,” John stated whereas explaining the inspiration for “April 7th.” He stated that it “wasn’t until four years ago,” on April seventh of 2017, that they did see one another with these eyes. He not needed to “drink and cry alone” at his mates’ weddings, because the 32-year-old singer as soon as tweeted in 2016. He may drink at his wedding ceremony along with his spouse, Meghan Harder, that passed off in October of 2020.
“With all the negative that was going on in the world, and especially in the past 14 months or so, a lot of positive was going on in my personal life. Like I said, I got married for hopefully the only time — the first time,” John stated, laughing. With such a excessive in his romantic life taking place, John “couldn’t help” however have that pleasure “creep into what [he] was wanting to say and sing about,” he defined.
John O’Callaghan along with his spouse, Meghan Harder. [Instagram/@thefifthjohn]
This is obvious within the different single that The Maine has launched main as much as XOXO: From Love & Anxiety in Real Time’s launch on July 9, 2021. “Sticky,” which arrived in March, shares the identical theme of nostalgic romance as “April 7th” with traces like, “When I see your face / It’s like I hit rewind / Because you’re on repeat.” It’s sugary-sweet in each its phrases and visuals: the music video interprets the music title’s metaphor fairly actually by dumping honey on every band member’s head.
Sonically, “April 7th” and “Sticky” are practically as saccharine as its lyrics; not in a bubblegum pop kind of approach, however somewhat, each have that identifiable pop various rock sound. While one could surprise if it is a departure from the pop punk period that The Maine fashioned amid, John admitted that he by no means actually thought-about his band to fall below that camp of 2000’s rock music, regardless of being adjoining to bands that additionally rose to reputation throughout that point like All Time Low and Paramore.
“From my perspective, I’ve never really thought that we were a pop punk band. You know, I think we’ve toured with plenty. We were on Warped Tour playing [with] pop punk bands. And we’ve been on tour with Neck Deep before and bands like that, that I think are actual pop punk bands…or State Champs, somebody like that,” John instructed HollywoodLife. “It’s so hard to not put everything in a genre…I always just thought that we were, like, a pop band, you know. And it’s cool people think that we’re pop punk.”
While John says the brand new album “lean[s] more towards the pop side of things,” identical to the band’s late-aughts hits like “Into Your Arms” and “Everything I Ask For” that put them on the map, he nonetheless acknowledged the appreciable transformation he and his bandmates have undergone between then and now.
“It’s really interesting to listen back to our early records and hear sort of how my voice has evolved and changed. I think even just, you know like, physically, it sounds different now…It’s interesting to try to manipulate your voice in ways that you feel like fit your approach best. But I’ve also understood that I by no means am like a good singer,” John humbly stated. He added, “I just take what I have — my sense of melody — and I try to emphasize it the best way I can and make it work best for me and for The Maine. But it is fun to listen back. And it’s like, I don’t even remember that guy, let alone that voice, you know? So yeah, it’s fun, for sure.”
What hasn’t modified, nevertheless, is the shut bond and drive that introduced John and his bandmates collectively after they had been all about 15 years outdated. Such a connection doesn’t survive solely on sentimentality, both. It truly has so much in frequent with the romance that John sings about in “April 7th” and “Sticky,” by way of the connection feeling nostalgic and recent on the similar time.
“You would think that at some point, it loses its excitement, and it loses its luster, but it hasn’t for us,” John instructed HollywoodLife whereas reflecting on sticking with one band his complete life. He defined, “Because we’ve seen and felt the impact over the last 15 years, I feel like it only makes us that much more feverish in what we want to accomplish and how many people we want to reach. And I think it shows that when you really just kind of put your head down and work hard and you know, don’t settle for things, I think it — again — makes us hungrier and makes us want to work that much harder. And obviously, with things kind of opening back up and the idea of touring again, it just makes us all much more excited for what’s to come in the future.”