Pioneer (The Maine album)

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Pioneer
An adult man with a bushy beard, red lips and a white shirt is front-and-centered on the grey cover. The band name appears above the man, along with the album title that's colored twice: one in black and one in red over it.
Studio album by The Maine
Released December 6, 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre Alternative rock[1][2]
Length 61:45
Label Action Theory
Producer The Maine, Colby Wedgeworth
The Maine chronology
Black & White
(2010)Black & White2010
Pioneer
(2011)
Forever Halloween
(2013)Forever Halloween2013
Alternative covers
Pioneer And The Good Love cover
Pioneer And The Good Love cover
Singles from Pioneer
  1. "Don't Give Up on "Us""
    Released: November 15, 2011[3]
  2. "Some Days"
    Released: November 15, 2011[4]
  3. "You'll Never Know"
    Released: August 14, 2012[5]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AbsolutePunk75%[6]
AllMusic3/5 stars[7]
Alternative Press4/5 stars[2]

Pioneer is the third full-length studio album by The Maine. The album sold over 12,000 copies in its first week,[citation needed] debuting at number 90 on the Billboard 200.[8]

Background[edit]

In May and June 2011, the group went on a co-headlining US tour with Augustana.[9] During the tour, the group debuted several new songs. On June 5, the group revealed that they had started recording their next album before the tour began, and were going to continue following the tour's conclusion.[10] Recording took place at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas with producer Colby Wedgeworth.[11] On June 22, the group performed a new track titled "Don't Give Up on "Us"" on Fuel TV.[12]

Release[edit]

In October and November, the group supported Taking Back Sunday on their headlining US tour.[13] On October 5, Alternative Press reported that the group's next album would be titled Pioneer and was due for released in either late November or early December.[11] On October 27, the group announced that the album would be released in December. In addition, a trailer was released which featured a snippet of a new track titled "Some Days".[14] In November and December, the group went on a headlining US tour.[15] On November 1, "Don't Give Up on "Us"" was made available for streaming.[16] Later that day, the album's track listing and artwork were revealed.[17] On November 6, a lyric video was released for "Don't Give Up on "Us"".[18] On November 9, the group released a video of them making the album.[19] On November 15, "Some Days" was made available for streaming.[20] A lyric video was released for the track on November 21.[21]

On December 2, Pioneer was made available for streaming,[22] before being released on December 6[14] through the band's own label, Action Theory. The album features singles "Don't Give Up On Us" and "Some Days."[23] To promote its release, the group held a livestream event via Stickam called This Is Pioneer. It featured a documentary on the making of the album and a concert where the band performed material from all of their previous albums and EPs.[24] Shortly afterwards, the group performed at the Unsilent Night festival.[25] In January and February 2012, the band supported All Time Low on their UK tour.[26] On January 22, the group released "Take Me Dancing", an outtake from the album, as a free download.[27] On February 5, a lyric video was released for the track.[28] On February 16, a music video was released for the song.[29] Later in February, the group embarked on a European tour.[30]

Between April and June, the group went on a headlining US tour with support from Lydia and Arkells.[31] On July 27, a music video was released for "Like We Did (Windows Down)".[32] A behind-the-scenes video was subsequently released.[33] On September 11, Pioneer was reissued in the UK through Rude Records. Under the new title Pioneer & the Good Love, it featured new artwork and six new songs.[34] The new songs were also released separately on the Good Love EP, which was released on the same day.[35] A behind-the-scenes video of the group recording the new songs was also released.[36] On September 30, the group performed at the Bazooka Rocks Festival in the Philippines.[37] On October 11, the band released an alternative version of "Like We Did (Windows Down)" under the name "Like We Did (When We Were Lost)". They explained it was "a more abstract take on friendship and adventure".[38] In October and November, the group went on a co-headlining US tour with Mayday Parade. They were supported by The Postelles.[39][40] On October 20, the group released a music video for "Thinking of You".[41]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by John O'Callaghan, all music composed by The Maine.

No.TitleLength
1."Identify"3:37
2."My Heroine"3:36
3."Time"3:28
4."Some Days"3:55
5."I'm Sorry"4:21
6."Don't Give Up on "Us""3:35
7."Misery"3:53
8."When I'm at Home"4:26
9."Thinking of You"3:02
10."Jenny"4:15
11."Like We Did (Windows Down)"4:08
12."While Listening to Rock & Roll..."4:46
13."Waiting for My Sun to Shine" (contains hidden track "One Pack of Smokes")14:43
Total length:61:45

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[42] 90
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[43] 11
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[44] 25
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[45] 6
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[46] 14

Personnel[edit]

Members
Production[47]
  • Tim Kirch – Art direction, design, management
  • Adrian Lozano – Engineering
  • Dirk Mai – Art direction, design, photography
  • The Maine – Composer, engineer, producer
  • Kyle Miller – Design
  • John O'Callaghan – Art direction, design
  • Matt Salveson – Engineering
  • Matthew Van Gasbeck – Engineering, keyboard
  • Colby Wedgeworth – Engineering, mastering, mixing, producer

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