On June 8, I went to the Mae show to revisit my college days. You can consider this an anniversary or maybe a reunion show that focuses on my favorite Mae album: The Everglow. I’ll dive more into Mae’s history later; first, I want to talk about the openers. Mike Mains & The Branches were completely new to me. I saw them mentioned on Mae’s Instagram account, but I didn’t have time to look them up before the show. I’d heard of All Get Out previously and checked out their latest EP before heading downtown. Overall, it was a great evening of chill music that’s still resonating in my brain. The last show of this tour is tonight (June 16) in Nashville; get there if you can. If not, expect to hear more from all these bands in the future. Shout out to Richard Meyer who helped me work out the photo pass for the show. Thanks!
Mike Mains & The Branches at Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado
After listening to Mike Mains & The Branches at the show, I can confidently say you should check them out. They’ve been around the indie rock genre for a few years now and definitely deserve more attention. Solid instrumentals, good lyrics, and powerful vocals – I ran right to the merch table after the set to snag their latest album Calm Down, Everything is Fine.
Mike Mains has a great sound the band calls “aggressive.” I’d say he has a very clean vocal that morphs into an aggressive scream within the lines of reason. His screaming is always energetic and fits nicely into the lyrics. Screaming that ‘makes sense’ is new to me, but it really does work in this setting. His wife, Shannon Briggs-Mains, plays the keyboard and adds great backing vocals to their sound. They blend perfectly. Nathan Wethy locks down the groove with his bass lines.
Nathan’s the only listed member of the rhythm section. They brought in a guitarist and drummer for the tour, but I couldn’t find any information about them on social media or the band’s website. Thankfully, I got in touch with my friend, Richard, and found out that they’re brothers: Tate and Tory Kirgiss. They were awesome and sounded great with the original three members. You can check out the pictures of everyone below, and make sure to buy some of their music!