Photos + Review: The Maine at the House of Blues (San Diego, CA)

The Technicolors (Phoenix, AZ), Knuckle Puck (Chicago, IL), Real Friends (Tinley Park, IL) The Maine (Tempe, AZ)
April 8th, 2015
House of Blues in San Diego, CA

The American Candy Tour is underway folks!  The Maine is bringing along Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and The Technicolor for a tour that’s got a little of bit of everything for everyone.  The third date of the tour landed at the House of Blues in San Diego.

Arizona’s own The Technicolors started the night off and did an incredible job of warming up the crowd.  It’s not too often I get stoked for a band within the first song but The Technicolors managed to make that happen.  These guys are RAD.  Their sound is rhythmic and catchy and they play with tons of energy.  I dare you not to like this band.

In a swift change of sound, Knuckle Puck hit the stage and the crowd surfing began.  In true pop-punk fashion, these guys played hard and fast.  The crowd never missed a beat as they sang every word back.  I couldn’t think of a better band to prep the crowd for Real Friends.

Real Friends is one of the bands that are at the forefront of the current pop-punk scene.  After you catch them live it’s easy to see why, they’re excellent. The band as a whole manage to engage the crowd constantly throughout their set while never missing a beat.  Real Friends is a band that’s as much fun to watch as they are to listen to.  Even if you’re not the most active at shows, you’ll have a blast watching them play.

The energy in the crowd peaked as soon as The Maine hit the stage.  They kicked their set off with “Miles Away” and the jams didn’t stop there.  A well rounded setlist had diehards and casual listeners in motion throughout the night.  The Maine guys kept the crowd busy too.  They had an impromptu crowd mingle session where everyone introduced themselves to someone they didn’t know.  The guys even had time for a Rolling Stones cover!  They played a mean “I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction).”  The sweetest point of the night was when John O’Callaghan played “Into Your Arms” to the tune of everyone in attendance.  It was pretty damn beautiful to witness.  After O’Callaghan’s rant about how weird it is to be 26 (I can vouch for this) the band hit the stage to finish their set off strong with “American Candy” before finishing strong with “Right Girl.”  The Maine as a whole are clearly at their best.  Do yourself a favor and catch The American Candy Tour when it hits your city.  Dates are here.


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