One of our top ten most anticipated albums of the year was released this week. ‘Forever Halloween’ by The Maine may just be the next big step for the band.
This album was developed quickly after their last release ‘Pioneer.’ This album is different from previous ones because it was recorded the old fashion way live and on tape.
In a video update the band described ‘FH’ as human and I would have to agree 100 percent. The album is breathing and has a pulse. Ever lyrics and note is real and pure.
‘Take What You Can Carry’, the opening, track is upbeat and fun but there are only a few songs off the album that follow this lighter sound. ‘Sad Songs,’ ‘Love & Drugs,’ ‘Happy,’ and ‘Run’ follows ‘TWYCC’s’ misguided happiness.
The songs all sound happy and light but the lyrics are far from it. Take ‘Happy’ for example ‘I don’t think I am capable of/ This teenage televised taping of love/ But here is my guide of how to be alone/ Just act like a freak and/ Sleep with everyone you’ve ever known.’
It seems like The Maine has a lot to say and there is no holding back on this album. ‘Birthday in Los Angeles’ is the best example of this. Los Angeles is not the city but rather a girl that the singer John O’Callaghan was talking to that ended badly.
This band has held back for so long and it is nice to have them finally say what has been on their minds.
The title track off of the album ‘Forever Halloween’ is eerily soothing and by far the best song on this flawless album. It’s exactly what Halloween would sound like if it was it were a rock song.
Once you dive in deeper to the lyrics it is clear this song isn’t just about Halloween but something more. ‘In this place I’ll be anything but me/ So you be brave and I’ll still be eighteen.’
The ending to the song is one if the best endings to an album I have ever heard. There is no fading out it just ends. In an interview with Alternative Press they said that the song comes to an abrupt end because they ran out of tape while recording the take.
This album overall is amazing and will most likely sound even better live. They are currently on tour this summer with A Rocket to The Moon, Brighten, and This Century. They will be in Orlando at The Beacham July 16.