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Taking the acoustic route: Due to popular demand, The Maine is taking ‘a softer’ approach

Arizona-based rock band The Maine is going acoustic for its current tour.

Arizona-based rock band The Maine is going acoustic for its current tour.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Pat Kirch will travel long distances on his current tour with his band. In fact, Kirch and crew will head to Manila for the fifth time.

“We have a great time each time we’re there,” he says during a recent phone interview. “The fans are insane and it’s a great experience. They always make us feel welcome.”

After a trip to the Philippines, Kirch and his bandmates in rock band The Maine will tour around the Southwest and West Coast.

The band is touring in support of its current EP, “Imaginary Numbers.” The EP marks the first acoustic recording the band has ever done.

“It’s something that we’ve wanted to do for years,” he says. “I guess it comes from what we enjoy and when we do acoustic versions of our songs.”

Kirch says the band, which includes John O’Callaghan, Kennedy Brock, Jared Monaco and Garrett Nickelsen, enjoys acoustic albums, and over the years fans have asked for something acoustic from them.

“In a way, it’s satisfying two things,” he says. “We’ve always wanted to make this album and the fans really wanted it. It also fell during a time where we were able to get it done, which we were very happy about.”

Kirch says the process didn’t take very long because it is an EP and only has five songs.

“We did the recordings ourselves and then I engineered it,” he says. “We’ve built a little recording studio in our manager’s office. This is the first time that all five of us have been in the same room when recording. When we recorded, we did it all analog too. There are no tricks on this album. Just us doing what we do best.”

For the set, Kirch says there will be songs from all of the band’s albums.

“It’s a softer approach for us,” he says. “This entire tour is made for the fans and we’re going to enjoy doing something very different.”