Mae

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Mae
Maesoundwave.jpg
Mae performing at the Soundwave festival 2008.
Background information
Origin Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Genres Emo,[1][2] alternative rock,[3] pop punk[4][5]
Years active 2002–2011, 2013–present
Labels Tooth & Nail, Capitol, Cell, Spartan Records [6]
Associated acts River James
Website www.whatismae.com
Members Dave Elkins
Zach Gehring
Jacob Marshall
Rob Sweitzer
Mark Padgett
Past members William Clark
Matt Beck
Jacob Clemons

Mae is an American rock band that formed in Norfolk, Virginia[7] in 2001. The band's name is an acronym for "Multi-sensory Aesthetic Experience", based on a course taken by drummer Jacob Marshall while a student at Old Dominion University.[8]

History[edit]

Jacob Marshall and Dave Elkins began what would become Mae by writing their first song, "Embers and Envelopes", in Marshall's living room. The band signed with Tooth and Nail Records and released their first album, Destination: Beautiful, in 2003. They released their second full-length album, The Everglow, in 2005. The band toured extensively to promote it, and also performed on the Vans Warped Tour. Mae re-released The Everglow in 2006, adding three new songs and a two-hour DVD.

Later in 2006, the band signed to Capitol Records for their third full-length album. Mae began recording the album in the fall of 2006, working with producer Howard Benson (who has produced albums for Saosin, My Chemical Romance, Blindside, and Relient K). The album, titled Singularity, was released on August 14, 2007. On June 19, 2007, the band released the first single from Singularity, "Sometimes I Can't Make It Alone".

On September 24, 2007 Padgett and Sweitzer parted ways with Mae.[9] The following year, Mae announced that they had split ways with Capitol Records.[10] They also stated that they would embark on a new, experimental project, releasing one new song for each month of 2009. Each song would be available to download on their website for a minimum donation of $1, with proceeds going to humanitarian projects of Mae's choosing. Additionally, they would be compiling the monthly songs into three separate EPs entitled (m)orning, (a)fternoon and (e)vening, respectively.

In July 2009, Mae announced they were starting their own label called "Cell Records" through which they would release their three-EP set. In order to get in-store distribution Mae returned to their original label Tooth and Nail Records and signed a distribution agreement with the label. The (m)orning EP was released in stores and online on September 22, 2009. There was a limited edition scratch-and-sniff disk that was only available on their spring US tour and which was scented like the ocean (the band encouraged members in the crowd of their live shows to smell the disc during their song "The Ocean"). Mae released the (a)fternoon EP in stores and online March 30, 2010. The final EP, (e)vening, was initially available in a limited edition on the band's "Goodbye, Goodnight" tour. The EP was then released in stores and online on March 8, 2011 bundled with a DVD of their hometown farewell show filmed at The Norva in Norfolk, VA. The farewell show features 20 songs, with songs from each of their full length records and their three most recent EPs.

On May 7, 2010 word began spreading of Mark Padgett and Rob Sweitzer rejoining Mae for their upcoming fall tour. On June 19, 2010, Mae played a show in Singapore, and it was the first show since 2007 that included both Mark Padgett and Rob Sweitzer. On June 22, 2010, Mae's Dave Elkins confirmed on the band's forums that Mark Padgett and Rob Sweitzer have reunited with Mae.[11] On June 28, 2010 Mae announced that their upcoming "Goodbye, Goodnight" Tour would be their last for the foreseeable future, marking their indefinite hiatus.[12] On August 23, 2010, the newly reunited Mae including Mark Padgett and Rob Sweitzer played their first show back home in the US at Eureka College in Eureka, IL - evidently gearing up for the Goodbye, Goodnight tour. On Saturday November 27, 2010, the band played what was billed as its last show at the Norva in Norfolk, VA. The show was filmed to be released on DVD. What were believed at the time to be Mae's actual final performances consisted of two shows played on February 23 and 24, 2011 at the Shibuya and Shinsaibashi locations of Club Quattro in Japan.[13][better source needed] However, in late December 2011, the band announced on its website that it would play eight shows in the UK and Europe as part of the Goodbye, Goodnight tour from January 3–10, 2012.

On February 21–23, 2013, Mae played a three show tour to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the band's album Destination: Beautiful.[14] Two shows took place in Virginia Beach, VA and one in Nashville, TN. The shows consisted of the band playing their first album in its entirety. At the second Virginia Beach show, current E Street Band saxophonist and early Mae member, Jacob Clemons, made a guest appearance on the band's song "Tisbury Lane" during encore.[15]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Dave Elkins (born Dave Gimenez) – vocals, guitar (2001–present)
  • Zach Gehring – guitar (2003–present)
  • Jacob Marshall – drums, piano (2001–present)
  • Mark Padgett - bass (2002–2007, 2010–present)
  • Rob Sweitzer - keyboards (2002–2007, 2010–present)

Former members[edit]

  • William Clark – bass (2001–2002)
  • Matt Beck – guitar (now with Spitfire) (2001–2003)
  • Jacob Clemons – saxophone (now of the E-Street Band)

Touring members[edit]

  • Josiah Schlater – bass (from the bands Tokyo and Color)
  • Robert Smith – keyboard (from the bands Tokyo and Musicplayer)
  • David Pogge – bass (for the (a)fternoon tour)
  • Tyler Strickland - guitar (for the (a)fternoon tour)

Related projects[edit]

  • Before forming Mae, Dave Elkins was a co-founder and lead vocalist for the indie band "Sky's the Limit". Two songs that Elkins originally wrote for Sky's the Limit have been recorded and released by Mae – "Skyline Drive", on Destination: Beautiful, and "Tisbury Lane", on Destination: B-Sides.[16]
  • After Mae finished their final tour, Dave Elkins began a new project called Schematic.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Year Label Chart Positions
Top 200 US Christian US Rock US Alternative US Digital
Destination: Beautiful 2003 Tooth & Nail Records
The Everglow 2005 51 1
Singularity 2007 Capitol Records 40 12 13 40

EPs and B-sides[edit]

Title Year Label Chart Positions
Top 200
Mae EP 2002 Unsigned
Destination: B-Sides 2004 Tooth & Nail Records
Connect Sets 2005 Tooth & Nail Records
Sony Connect
Live Music Series: Mae EP 2006 Beyond Warped
The Everglow EP Tooth & Nail Records
Morning 2009 Cell Records
Afternoon
Evening 2010 TBA

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
Hot 100
2003 "Embers and Envelopes" Destination: Beautiful
"Summertime"
2005 "Suspension" The Everglow
"Someone Else's Arms"
2007 "Sometimes I Can't Make It Alone" Singularity
2009 "The House That Fire Built" (m)orning

DVDs[edit]

Compilation appearances[edit]

Song of the Month[edit]

Throughout 2009, Mae released 'Songs of the Month' (proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity and Donorschoose.org), with the first four tracks going onto the (M)orning EP, the second set of four going onto the (A)fternoon EP, and the final four on the (E)vening EP:

  • January: "The House that Fire Built"
  • February: "Boomerang"
  • March: "A Melody, The Memory"
  • April: "Night/Day"
  • May: "Over and Over"
  • June: "The Cure"
  • July: "The Fight Song"
  • August: "In Pieces"
  • September: "I Just Needed You To Know"
  • October: "Seasons"
  • November: "Sleep Well"
  • December: "Bloom"
† - Release delayed due to the theft of Mae's instruments and gear in Philadelphia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Destination: Beautiful by Mae - Download Destination: Beautiful on iTunes
  2. ^ iTunes Store
  3. ^ iTunes Store
  4. ^ "The Everglow, Christian Music Reviews". Christianitytoday.com. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ Armstrong, Gene. "Soundbites | Soundbites". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://spartanrecords.limitedrun.com/releases
  7. ^ Breimeier, Russ. The Everglow review. Christian Music Today. Retrieved December 2, 2007. 
  8. ^ "AbsolutePunk.net 2003 interview with Dave Elkins". Retrieved February 20, 2007. 
  9. ^ "sad news for MAE and MAE fans". Retrieved September 24, 2007. 
  10. ^ Band's MySpace blog
  11. ^ "Good news for MAE and MAE fans". Retrieved June 25, 2010. 
  12. ^ Mae Announce Reunion | AlternativeAddiction.com
  13. ^ "Photo of final Japanese tour poster url=http://instagr.am/p/Bya_D/". Club Quattro Poster. 
  14. ^ "Mae's 10-Year Anniversary Destination: Beautiful Tour Announcement". Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Jacob Clemons joined Mae at the 10th Anniversary of Destination: Beautiful - AbsolutePunk.net". Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  16. ^ Un. "Sky's the Limit | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved April 10, 2012. 

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