JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

May 12, 2015
Cannery Ballroom
Nashville, TN USA
Review by Kate Landers
Photos by Kate Landers

The Maine

American Candy Tour Hits Nashville

On May 12th, the American Candy tour rolled into Nashville, TN, bringing The Technicolors, Knuckle Puck, Real Friends, and The Maine to the Cannery Ballroom for one sweet show. Firstly, The Technicolors did an astounding job of warming up the crowd. Like running a relay race, the starter and the closer are the most important, and Brennan Smiley (vocals/guitars), Troy Lowney (keys), and Mike Nicolette (bass) worked in sync to produce a very interesting set.

Knuckle Puck could undoubtedly hold their own with songs including "No Good" and "But Why Would You Care." I wasn’t really surprised when it came to their set; it was quality, standard issue pop-punk, but that’s not to say it was uneventful. ┬áDuring the last song, some guy punched a girl in the crowd. Knuckle Puck stopped in the middle of their end song, and as Joe Taylor (vocals) rushed into the crowd, we all craned our necks to see the commotion. Two guys rushed after Joe, probably to keep him from starting a fight. The guy was escorted out, but the crowd still wanted more. "One more song; one more song" was chanted until Knuckle Puck agreed to finish the song - with the consent of Real Friends, who would follow next.

Real Friends is another classic example of good ol’ pop-punk at its finest. If you’re not ready to have strangers scream lyrics into your ears, and you’re not okay with crowd surfers then you’re probably not ready for a Real Friends set. The crowd whooped and hollered when Joe (of Knuckle Puck) snuck on stage to steal the mic from Dan Lambton for a chorus.

It was that first time I had ever seen The Maine live, and I was not disappointed; their stage presence was what I would expect from the headliner. The more-than-dedicated crowd reciprocated the rock n’ roll vibe put off by John O'Callaghan (vocals), Garrett Nickelsen (bass), Pat Kirch (drums), Kennedy Brock (guitar/vocals), and Jared Monaco (guitar) as they played groove-worthy tracks from the album American Candy, such as "Miles Away," "Same Suit, Different Tie," and "English Girls." Moreover, it was evident "24 Floors" hit close to home for nearly all in the room, and even though it’s not an upbeat song, it surely made the night memorable and meaningful.

Regarding my personal bias, my favourite was Knuckle Puck, but I highly recommend seeing any of these bands.