LIVE REVIEW/PHOTO GALLERY: The Maine/Real Friends/Knuckle Puck/The Technicolors – Chicago, IL – 4/24/15

The Maine by Anam Merchant

When the American Candy tour was first announced, I was really excited, but also a bit confused. I didn’t see how this lineup could come together and make sense, but I went in with an open mind and at the end of my two nights seeing the tour, I came to the conclusion that this was one of the best shows I’d seen in a while.

The Technicolors opened the show at 6 p.m., starting with a song titled “I’ll Love You Someday.” Although I’d never heard of them before, I really enjoyed their set and was excited to see them once more. They just put out a new EP titled Ultraviolet Disguise. They played a short set consisting of six songs, but the crowd definitely seemed excited.

Up next was Chicago’s very own Knuckle Puck. Knuckle Puck put out a new EP titled While I Stay Secluded in October and recently signed to Rise Records. Their fanbase is very different from that of the Technicolors or the Maine, seeing as the minute they took the stage, people began pushing and opening up mosh pits. The band opened with “Bedford Falls” as well as “Why Would You Care?” and “Oak Street” off their newest EP, also playing “Gold Rush” off their split with Neck Deep, “Your Back Porch” (with Dan Lambton of Real Friends joining them onstage) and “No Good” off of 2013’s The Weight That You Buried, and “Give Up” off their first EP, Don’t Come Home.

Real Friends, also from Chicago (and also self-proclaimed “Illinois Sad Boys”), were next, and the pit was almost the same as it was for Knuckle Puck. However, this time there were many more crowd surfers screaming along with the band. They played songs off their newest record, Maybe This Place Is The Same and We’re Just Changing like “Summer,” “I Don’t Love You Anymore,” “Sixteen” and “Loose Ends” along with older ones like “Anchor Down” and “Floorboards.” They closed with “Late Nights In My Car,” leaving the audience screaming for one more song.

As their logo lit up, The Maine took the stage to begin the last, and most eagerly awaited set of the night. I was particularly excited since this was the first time in three years that I was seeing the Maine, and because American Candy had quickly become one of my favorite records. Bathed in blue light, they opened with “Miles Away” off their latest effort before the stage went dark and red lights came on to begin “Run” off of 2013’s Forever Halloween. They started to play “Growing Up” next, but frontman John O’Callaghan stopped the song midway through to say that weren’t going to be any cool kids in the back being mopey with their arms crossed tonight. They continued, finishing the song and then playing “Inside Of You” off 2010’s Black & White. They played a few songs off of 2011’s Pioneer, like “Like We Did (Windows Down)” and “Misery” and briefly took a pause to start a new band with drummer Pat Kirch as the vocalist and John O’Callaghan as the drummer, and play a song called “Let’s Eat Grandma.” They closed out with American Candy‘s title track and “Right Girl.”

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