This past Tuesday, May 12th, The Maine played Nashville, TN with support from The Technicolors, Knuckle Puck, and Real Friends. This lineup had me a bit skeptical, featuring two pop punk bands which seem vastly different from both The Maine and The Technicolors. However, this lineup proved to flow very smoothly and ended up being far more than I expected.
The Technicolors played a short, roughly thirty minute set that definitely had the crowd moving. I had not heard of this band before seeing the show lineup, but these guys are absolutely worth a listen. They have a garage band with a twist of pop music sound that really had me wanting more at the end of the set.
Knuckle Puck followed them up with a very energetic set packed with all of their top songs. The crowd was non-stop crowd surfing and shouting lyrics. Aside from the great set these guys played, the real interesting part was the action the vocalist took when he saw a girl in the crowd get punched in the face. Lead man Joe Taylor stopped dead during the last song having seen this, yelled at the guy, then jumped down from the stage, went into the crowd and threw the guy out. Everyone at the show who didn’t already love Knuckle Puck, definitely did after that.
When Real Friends came on stage their vocalist Dan Lambton also gave a short speech about respecting the people around you and stated that one should not punch girls in the face. I had seen Real Friends two previous times but this show in particular was absolutely my favorite. As always their set was full of energy and the event staff could barely keep up with the crowd surfers making their way to the front.
I’ve wanted to see The Maine ever since Pioneer came out with the iconic album cover of a bearded man wearing lipstick. They played an hour and a half long set with songs from this album, as well as some other older songs, but mostly from their latest American Candy. They had killer lights as well as a killer stage presence. Lead vocalist John O’Callaghan alternated between vocals and guitar as well as taking time to talk to the crowd. This band put on a show definitely worth waiting roughly four years for and I think many if not all of the crowd members would agree.
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