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When we last spoke to John O'Callaghan of The Maine, a year and a half ago, things were a little nebulous. Pioneer had just been rejected by the major label that had signed them to a seven-album contract one album ago, and it wasn't clear what The Maine's followup would look like or who would be behind it.

Things were pretty clear when O'Callaghan stepped away from some last-minute rehearsals to talk to Up on the Sun Monday night. The major is out of the picture, the band is opening a summer-long tour in Tempe this afternoon, and the followup, out today, is a snapshot of a band that knows exactly where it is, and why.

Up on the Sun: The last time we talked to you, you'd just released Pioneer independently after signing a long deal with Warner Bros. How has working outside the label changed your process as a band?

John O'Callaghan: A lot as changed. I think the majority of the changes have come within the dynamic of our mental approach and the way that we're kind of perceiving and viewing music at this point... the creative freedom that we've enjoyed since departing from a major label has been immense, and I think what people will hear, especially with our newest album, is the sincerity.

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Dan Moore