The Maine have announced a 15th anniversary pressing of their 2008 debut album, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, home of fan favorites like “Into Your Arms,” “Everything I Ask For,” and “Girls Do What They Want.” AltPress has teamed with the band on an exclusive “black & yellow smoke” vinyl variant of the repress, limited to just 500 copies. Preorder yours in the AP shop while they last! Here’s a mock-up:
The Maine gave AP an oral history of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop in 2018 for its 10th anniversary, and they also spoke about it when they broke down every album in their catalog for AP. Here’s an excerpt of the former:
O’CALLAGHAN: We always thought this could be really special. It all kind of goes back to that mentality of “we’ll eat fucking peanut butter and jelly sandwiches until we’re 50 years old if that means we get to play.” But we were also extremely hungry—no pun intended—and we want to see what that feels like to play in front of thousands of people.
We were also watching bands like All Time Low, Boys Like Girls and Panic! At The Disco who were enjoying enormous amounts of success. I think, for us, there’s never been a sense of complacency. We’ve always been content with what we have, but we’ve never been complacent. We’ve always wanted more. We were just ready at that point.
KIRCH: It got pretty crazy pretty quickly. I remember two specific things about release week. We were on Warped Tour for two weeks before the album came out. The album came out July 8, and our last day of Warped Tour would’ve been the 6th. We got the physical copies of the album at that show, and we sold like 500 copies of it at our merch table. And it just felt like, “Holy cow, people are excited to hear this.”
And then, the day the album came out, we were in Chicago for the first day of our tour with Boys Like Girls and Good Charlotte. We walked to go eat by the venue, and when we were ordering, the place filled up with people trying to take pictures. It was the first time that had ever happened. It also didn’t hurt that we were fortunate enough to be taken on one of the biggest tours that we could ever get on. The week the album came out, we were playing in front of 5,000 people a night. We didn’t feel completely confident in ourselves, but we wanted to work as hard as possible to take advantage of the opportunity. So we would walk the line to sell albums, and we’d be out after the shows taking pictures and trying to get people to buy the album. We just really wanted to take advantage of the fact that we had this album out, and we had this huge opportunity to play in front of all these people.