Today, forever Substream favorites The Maine have released a brand new song called, “Sticky,” which serves as the first single from their upcoming album. XOXO: From Love and Anxiety In Real Time will be released on July 9th through a partnership between Photo Finish Records and the band’s own label, 8123 Records.
“Sticky” is the band’s first release of new material since 2019’s You Are OK, and quickly introduces fans into what they can expect with XOXO. The single hosts irresistible vocal melodies, driving drums, and punchy guitars that culminate in the perfect summer-time song that would fit right in on any alternative radio station.
The accompanying music video for “Sticky” finds each member of the band being put into a “sticky situation,” following through on the theme behind the song: struggling to leave a “sticky” situation.
The Maine’s lead vocalist John O’Callaghan says “I hope this song moves into a room in your head. Sonically, you can take the song however you will, but the lyrics hold a special place in my heart. ‘Sticky’ is about that person or feeling you just can’t shake. I certainly hope it stays with you.”
The premiere of the video on March 19th will be a virtual, YouTube Red Carpet event happening on The Maine’s YouTube channel beginning at 6 pm ET / 3 pm PT which will include the band chatting with the audience, a viewing of some of the behind the making of the video and a countdown. The video will stream here.
For now, you can listen to “Sticky” below.
On the new album, O’Callaghan explains, “This album is quite literally a real-time dive into the duality of love and anxiety in my life. They are such opposing feelings, but they coexist all the time in my head. Life is a funny thing, but I believe everything is exactly as it should be.”
He continues, “For my two cents, XOXO is all of the best parts of The Maine. Just the right amount of ambition and nostalgia. It can be an easy listen or a hard look into the mirror. I hope it’s whatever you need it to be.”
The Maine will steadily be releasing new songs and content leading up to the album release.
As the song and video are released on March 19, the band will perform a free live-streamed concert on their YouTube Channel, on Saturday, March 20 at 6 PM PT 9 PM ET. They will perform a full set of fan favorites mixed with new songs including “Sticky”. Prior to the live concert, The Maine will be premiering a mini-documentary about the making of XOXO: From Love And Anxiety. Following the live stream, the band will be hosting a live Q&A with the audience.
In addition to this live streaming event, The Maine will launch an innovative initiative in their hometown of Tempe, AZ. This will be in the form of an app that will ask fans in Arizona to request a live performance of their new single “Sticky” at their home. The band will perform the song in front of fans’ homes out of the back of a customized box truck. Details of the new app and information for fans on how to participate will be released shortly.