Review: The Maine – Tunnels, Aberdeen – 8th April 2014.

034B2228Intimate headline show with The Maine? Yes please. Filling their days off from their support slot alongside Deaf Havana with smaller headline dates, The Maine certainly know how to keep their fans happy. We popped into their Aberdeen show to see how the evening went…

Opening the show were the first of two of Aberdeen’s very own, Daydream Frenzy (★★★). Still on a high from selling out their own headline show a few weeks prior to this support slot, the band were obviously buzzing from their recent achievements. Leaving their setlist on their merch table was a forgivable offense as they charmed the audience into a smile with their enthusiastic pop rock. Forest Fires (★★★) provided a slicker more controlled set which was a delight to see, having enjoyed them support We Are The In Crowd in the city in August.

After the supporting acts, The Maine (★★★★) simply walked through the crowd to get on stage. The lack of barricade, low height of the stage and general intimacy of the venue are enough to excite any fan, but this stripping away of the mystique that usually comes with a live performance made this feel like a truly special night.

Opening with Run they began their set are as enchanting as ever. All in attendance clapped and sang as they crowded themselves as close to the stage as possible. Songs like My Heroine and Misery really got the crowd going, and before the classic Into Your Arms frontman, John O’Callaghan, made sure some teary audience members were doing okay before performing the 2008 hit.

Shows like this really prove what a wonderful band The Maine are. They seem genuinely happy to play any show they can – and this sincerity combined with their penchant for writing some of the most heart achingly fantastic music is why you need to get yourself a ticket to see these guys. Hopefully it won’t be too long until we get to see they come back to captivate audiences again on this side of the Atlantic.

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