By Katrina Jong
The Maine welcomes you to the world of The Mirror, their most ambitious tour yet. It’s a special one that takes fans into an amazing immersive audio and visual experience. With a 17 song set list that covers the entirety of their newest album “You Are Ok” along with some older songs ,any fan, whether new or old, will end up with a smile on their face.
This was my first time at a The Maine concert, and they definitely didn’t disappoint. Before the show even starts a video plays. We see the band members gazing into mirrors with a voiceover essentially questioning and doubting itself, and then we start with the first song. Being there I felt like was listening to a poem where someone’s heart and soul was being poured out, whilst being backed by rocking tunes.
John O’Callaghan’s clear vocals rang out through the venue as a sea of gold jumped and headbanged with the beat. Gold, or more accurately mustard yellow; the signature colour for this tour, was a prominent theme. Fans were encouraged to bring yellow flowers, which were more than likely a nod to their ending song “Flowers On The Grave”. You could hear people screaming out at the top of their lungs to “Am I Pretty?”, and they even honored the old days of MySpace in “I Must Be Dreaming”. The pop-punk vibe I’ve grown accustomed to was still there and the crowd was rocking out, but you could feel a connection rippling through the crowd with each passing song.
The Mirror is supposed to be a reflection of ourselves. Paired with the main statement and album title “You Are OK”, the words take meaning as the final video plays. It’s the same as the beginning but more pronounced. We’re reminded that we sometimes see ourselves a certain way, but we’re also so much more than these labels. We are fear, but we are also strength. We are hate, but we are also love. Life is forever changing, and this concert reminds you that you’re not alone in your struggles and that YOU ARE OK. It’s something we need to hear every once in a while. But if you aren’t that’s OK because like their drum set says, if you aren’t right now, you will be soon!