Craft Recordings celebrates the 15th anniversary of The Maine’s bestselling debut, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, with a special vinyl reissue – and a variety of color variants. Set for release on November 17th, and available for pre-order now, the 2008 album features the single “Into Your Arms,” plus fan-favorites like “Everything I Ask For” and “Girls Do What They Want.” In addition to the classic black wax pressing, fans can also find Can’t Stop Won’t Stop in limited-edition colorways, including Silver and Gold Marble (via CraftRecordings.com), Transparent Black and Yellow Splatter (available exclusively via Revolver), and Lemon Yellow (at select indie record stores).
Hailing from Tempe, AZ, The Maine was formed in early 2007 by high school students Garrett Nickelsen (bass), Pat Kirch (drums) and John O’Callaghan (vocals), with Jared Monaco (lead guitar) and Kennedy Brock (rhythm guitar) rounding out their long-running lineup several months later. After releasing their first EP, Stay Up, Get Down, the young men caught the ears of Fearless Records, who promptly signed the band and released their second EP, The Way We Talk, in December 2007. A Top 10 hit on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart, the EP sold an impressive 50,000 copies, setting the band on the path to success ahead of their debut full-length.
At the top of 2008, The Maine entered the studio with producer Matt Squire (Ariana Grande, Panic! at the Disco, Taking Back Sunday) to record the 12-track Can’t Stop Won’t Stop. Offering a blend of infectious hooks with anthemic pop-punk and alt-rock riffs, the album was filled with upbeat tracks like “Girls Do What They Want,” “Everything I Ask For” and “Into Your Arms.” The group also delved into acoustic balladry with “Whoever She Is” and electronic elements, particularly in songs like “You Left Me.” Rounding out the album is “Count’em One, Two, Three” – a new rendition of a favorite from Stay Up, Get Down.
Released in July 2008, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop received praise from the likes of AllMusic and Absolute Punk, the latter of which raved, “There’s just too much about this music…to love,” adding “I, for one, can’t stop and won’t stop listening to this record.” Alternative Press, meanwhile, declared The Maine among their “100 Bands You Need to Know in 2008.” Can’t Stop Won’t Stop was also well received by fans, debuting at No.40 on the Billboard 200, breaking the Top 5 of Billboard’s Independent Albums chart and selling 12,000 copies in its first week.
Also helping move the needle was the band’s stint on the 2008 Warped Tour, as well as supporting slots with acts like Good Charlotte and Boys Like Girls. Over the following months, The Maine’s profile continued to rise, as they co-headlined the Alternative Press Tour and joined the Bamboozle Festival, dropping videos for “Everything I Ask For,” “Girls Do What They Want” and “Into Your Arms” along the way. The following summer, as The Maine embarked on the 2009 Warped Tour, they reissued a deluxe edition of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop. Today, the album has sold over 100,000 copies and remains one of their most popular titles.
In the decade and a half following Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, the band has released a total of nine studio albums, including the Top 20 bestseller, Black & White (2010), 2013’s Forever Halloween, and 2019’s You Are OK, which topped Billboard’s Indie chart. This past August, The Maine released their highly anticipated self-titled album, featuring the singles “Blame” and “Dose No. 2,” while next month, they’ll embark on an extensive North American tour, with shows running through March 2024. Visit the band’s official site for tickets and more info.
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Vinyl Tracklist
- Everything I Ask For
- We All Roll Along
- Girls Do What They Want
- I Must Be Dreaming
- Into Your Arms
- Time To Go
- This Is The End
- Whoever She Is
- Count’em One, Two, Three
- Kiss And Sell
- You Left Me
- We’ll All Be...