By the time the doors open at The Electric Ballroom, the queue has stretched itself halfway across Camden. American support band This Century emerge to greet fans whilst they wait, increasing the excitement for tonight’s show.
The first act on the bill is Arkells, who have travelled all the way from Canada to play this intimate venue. They dive into their set with contagious energy and a thirst to prove themself, and turn out to be bursting with a whole repertoire of unique catchy tunes. Keyboardist Dan Griffin takes talent to a new level with his fast and furious hammered chords, reminiscent of Jerry Lee Lewis’ style of playing. This band are definitely one to watch.
Next up is This Century, who have a long way to go before they set the world alight, but still get the crowd jumping with their slightly cheesy but very cheerful pop punk numbers and youthful charm. It’s endearing to see their pleasantly surprised faces when they see just how many people in this audience are singing along to their music.
Anticipation levels for The Maine to appear are running high, so when the band members finally materialize, their following goes crazy. Their set consists of mostly songs from their latest album Pioneer, but they bring out some golden oldies such as 2008’s This Is The End and I Must Be Dreaming, and a couple of fan favourites from sophomore album Black & White. Highlights include Joel Kanitz from This Century stepping back in the spotlight to sing with them on classic Into Your Arms and a refreshing performance of Pioneer B-side track Hello World.
The band play perfectly from start to finish, and end the night with anthemic Don’t Give Up On Us, a hint to their London devotees that they have much more to give. Right on cue, before exiting the stage and much to the room’s delight, John O’Callaghan announces that they’ll be going back home after this tour to start working on a new record. Tonight has shown that they won’t have to worry about shifting copies; The Maine (and their fanbase) only get stronger and stronger over time.