The Maine

The Maine’s John O’Callaghan has shared a heartfelt explanation behind the name of their forthcoming album You Are OK.

After a fan reached out to the frontman, O’Callaghan revealed his emotions regarding all of the positive feedback on what the will album stand for and address.

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“There are no words that can describe the feeling I get when I read something like this,” O’Callaghan says in an Instagram post. “I haven’t forgotten the days on MySpace, where someone simply replying from California to one of our messages would get me excited. Now, having been allowed the opportunity to take our music around the globe and talk to people of all walks, that excitement and has been multiplied exponentially.”

After sending out an emotional response to fans, O’Callaghan dug deeper into the meaning behind the words, “You are OK.”

“I decided to name this album those three small words for no better reason than to speak to myself,” O’ Callaghan continues. “Selfish as it may be, I need to hear those words often, and if they somehow resonate like they did with this someone across the world then I accidentally did at least a little good while I was alive. Moral is, words are more powerful than ever, use them with the utmost care.”

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There are no words that can describe the feeling I get when I read something like this. I haven’t forgotten the days on MySpace, where someone simply replying from California to one of our messages would get me excited. Now, having been allowed the opportunity to take our music around the globe and talk to people of all walks, that excitement and has been multiplied exponentially. Certain events in this life have this funny way of making you feel alone, when in reality that aloneness is shared by every other human being on earth. I decided to name this album those three small words for no better reason than to speak to myself. Selfish as it may be, I need to hear those words often, and if they somehow resonate like they did with this someone across the world then I accidentally did at least a little good while I was alive. Moral is, words are more powerful than ever, use them with the utmost care. So thank you and be well young man, you will make it and you will be ok. #youareok #8123

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Recently, the Maine dropped their second single from You Are OK. After relentlessly teasing the song on social media, “My Best Habit” has been released to the world. You can listen to the new song below.

“My Best Habit” follows the release of “Numb Without You.” You can listen to the first single from the upcoming album below.

You Are OK is due out March 29. You can preorder your copy of it here.

Additionally, the Maine and Grayscale are hitting the road in the U.S., starting on May 9 at Tucson, AZ in support of their forthcoming album. The run wraps up May 31 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at Launchpad.

You can check out the dates and cities on the band’s upcoming tour, as well as the previously announced European and South American treks, below and get your tickets here.

European dates

04/02 – Köln, Germany @ Gloria
04/03 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Zappa
04/04 – Paris, France @ Flow
04/05 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
04/06 – London, England @ The Forum

North American dates

04/16 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades *
04/17 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades *
04/19 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom *
04/20 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom *
04/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
04/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom *
04/24 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall *
04/26 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre *

04/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
04/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
04/30 – Denver, CO @ The Summit *
05/01 – Denver, CO @ The Summit *
05/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex *
05/03 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex *
05/04 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues *
05/05 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues *

* with Taking Back Sunday

05/09 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole+
05/11 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk+
05/13 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl
05/14 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay
05/15 – Nashville, TN @ Cowan
05/17 – Charleston, SC @ Amo’s
05/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Music Farm+
05/19 – Richmond, VA @ Broadberry

05/21 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe+
05/24 – Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre
05/25 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House
05/26 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
05/28 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
05/29 – Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard
05/31 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad

+ No Grayscale

Brazilian dates

06/13 – Curtiba, Brazil @ Selfie Brasil
06/15 – São Paulo, Brazil @ Tropical Butantã
06/16 – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil @ Sacadura 154
06/18 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil @ Centro Cultural

What do you think of the meaning behind the album title for You Are OK? Let us know in the comments below.

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