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We're excited to exclusively reveal that The Maine
will be releasing their first-ever DVD documentary, "Anthem For a Dying Breed," on October 16. The documentary chronicles the making of Pioneer
, the band's struggles with their label to release the album, and their subsequent fight to make sure it wouldn't go unheard. In addition, the DVD features a full-length performance of the band's recent headlining show in Sao Paulo, as well as bonus-material consisting of bootleg footage and on the road shots filmed and edited by the band.
Starting September 11, the DVD will be available for pre-order worldwide, and every DVD will come with a free copy of the band's Good Love
EP, which will also be available on iTunes. Watch an exclusive announcement video from drummer Pat Kirch and find out more details about the DVD in this PV Q&A with singer John O'Callaghan below.
PureVolume: What initially inspired you to create this documentary?
John O'Callaghan: Our struggle and backstory not only behind the process of making Pioneer, but the painstaking days and nights we spent trying to break free from the grasp of a major label.
PV: Pioneer has been such a turning point in The Maine’s story, and such a highlight of your career as a band. It’s hard to think a label would never release it. What was your thought process going through that situation?/ How did you initially react to it?
JC: It's funny that some of the best advice we've ever received came from the CEO of a major label, but "no compromise" not only became a mantra for Pioneer, but for The Maine as a band. Needless to say, we were pissed off, yet we never created music in spite of anyone. This was for us and us alone.
PV: Throughout your fight to release the album, what was the motivating factor that kept you going when things felt hopeless?
JC: The unrelenting support we have been and are shown by people all over the world on a daily basis. Someone sitting behind a desk crunching numbers about record sales and t-shirt profits has no concept of the passion our fans possess. We fed off of that and it empowered us to push on.
PV: Making a documentary must require some intense introspection. Was it difficult for you to go back and confront some of these troubling issues?
JC: We've lived and breathed this for the past two years. Within that time frame, we've had high highs and low lows, but we already confronted all of it and made peace with it all in our own ways. Looking back is easy because at the end of the day we accomplished our goal of releasing material we wanted on our own accord.
PV: Aside from your experience with Pioneer, what else can we expect to see in this documentary?
JC: We recently filmed a live set from Sao Paulo, Brazil so that will be bundled in with the documentary. Plus a bunch of goofy shit to give people a better perspective of The Maine as five individuals.
PV: What do you think your fans will learn about The Maine, as a band and as individuals, after watching this documentary?
JC: Hopefully they learn it's alright to do things the way you want. There is no map to life, no blueprints to survival, you can create your world day by day if you have a clear vision and an unwillingness to give up.
PV: What have you learned about your own band from this experience?
JC: I've learned quite a bit, but what makes me most excited is what I'm going to learn in the future. We're still figuring it out just like the rest of em', most are just too frightened to say what they want to say.