Let me start off by saying that I’ve only seen The Maine once before this show. I saw them a couple of years ago at The Grove in Anaheim, CA for Bamboozle’s Hoodwink. That show was definitely not a good impression for me. The band was covering Everclear, I believe, and singer John O’Callaghan could barely get through one song on his own. By the end of the set, he had stopped singing and had about 10 fans on stage, trying to have them sing for him. This show at Union Transfer, however, was a completely different story.
This was the boys from Arizona’s first time on this stage. They are on a co-headlining tour with Mayday Parade with The Postelles as an opening act. This show, it was The Maine’s turn to perform second. The band walked out and the crowd erupted into a sea of screaming girls. Jon sat down at the keyboard and began playing “Like We Do,” with the full band joining him shortly after. The set consisted of songs ranging from multiple albums. The third song of the set was “Right Girl” and by then, the crowd was completely absorbed.
Every few songs, John would stop to take a drink and make sure the crowd was still in it. The set lasted an hour and ten minutes, enough time for The Maine to play 15-16 songs in full. To name a few, they played “Inside Of You,” “Kiss And Sell,” “Listen To Your Heart,” and “My Heroine.” To close the set, they started over and John went back to the piano to play a portion of “Like We Do” again.
Throughout the entire set, there was a dance pit, girls screaming and singing at the top of their lungs, and a whole lot of jumping going on. It was a very high-energy performance and the crowd loved every minute of it. Not a bad first experience at Union Transfer for The Maine - I’d say anyway.