Inside Music Podcast #155: The Maine

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John O’Callaghan, the vocalist for a band called The Maine, is appearing for the first time on a podcast called Inside Music.

The idea of community is at the heart of every great music career. Be it something cultivated by the artist(s) themselves or by their fans at large, having a sense of community can help give any career longevity. People love to feel as though they belong, and few bands in the alternative community have done a better job of making people feel welcome in the world than a group from Arizona known as The Maine.

For over a decade now, The Maine has been a band that straddled the line between pop and rock with sugary-sweet melodies and lyricism that isn’t afraid to address the darker side of life. Their seventh studio album, You Are OK (out March 29), is no exception. Every song on the record is bursting with hopefulness in spite of reality. It’s a collection of tracks that dare to acknowledge the mental abyss that drags down so many and demands we fight to resist its call. You Are OK is the album the world needs right now, and The Maine is the only group that could deliver it.

On this episode of INSIDE MUSIC, host James Shotwell calls The Maine vocalist John O’Callaghan to discuss his band’s latest album. John tells James about the creation of the record, as well as his band’s participation in the upcoming Sad Summer traveling music festival. From there, the conversation turns to longevity in the industry and how other artists can follow in the steps of The Maine.

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James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.