With The Maine, you never really know what to expect with their next album. Each album they have written has a story of its own, so well written that it makes you fall in love with them all over again. This EP was no different. When The Maine released an acoustic EP Imaginary Numbers, I had no idea what to expect. The first song on the EP, “Raining in Paris,” automatically puts you in a tranquil mood. You are able to feel at ease, comfortable, and relaxed; and that does not change though the album. Each song is beautifully written and some very dark and sad. With the next song on the EP, “Room with no Windows,” they continue the gloomy, dismal songs, “This town it’s a black hole/Sucking me in/Fucking me up/Yes, it does.” The little bits of instrumentals help you hear how passionate and personal John O’Callaghan gets with his songs.
You can tell this band has really poured their souls into each one of these songs. I love how slow each song is, how they all start with a piano or acoustic guitar and puts you in the mood to hear another story. It ends with “Lovely Sad,” and I love how raw and personal they get, “And now/Here I am/I feel numb/On the fence/ On the run/ Spill my guts/ What an act/ I am sad/ But to me I’m lovely sad.” Very few bands have the guts to do something like this.
The Maine has always been a band that sings the truth and many fans are able to connect with that. Each song is original; I could play this EP everyday for the rest of my life and not get sick of it. I think out of all the albums this band has written, this one may be the best. They did something that most artists do not do.
Writing an acoustic EP was smart. This band is capable of extraordinary things and I am looking forward to what type of album they put out next. With this EP, the band decided to go on the road and play some acoustic shows for select cities. Shows are selling out, but if you want to get close and personal with The Maine, I suggest you go.