New Song: The Maine, ‘I’m Sorry’

There must be some serious creative juice spiking the water of Tempe, Ariz. The Maine, who hail from the sun-kissed part of the country, have already penned books, released a box set and produced and scored a film -– and they’ve only been a band since 2007. Add to this they’ve just entered their early 20s. And now you feel like a procrastinator.

The quintet -– singer John O’Callaghan, guitarists Jared Monaco and Kennedy Brock, bassist Garrett Nickelsen, and drummer Pat Kirch -– are set to drop their third full-length studio album, Pioneer, and we got our hands on one of the tracks, “I’m Sorry.” The group says they worked on the album on a farm using an upright piano. John played a couple of notes on the piano, and the group constructed a chord structure around it. They make it seem so easy.

You can hear the rhythmic two notes throughout “I’m Sorry,” a reflective anchor as the band’s winsome melodies wrap around it. It’s a complementary ballad base for the lyrics, which express regret. “I keep thinking of you/I hurt you again/I shouldn’t lie tonight, so the next few words are true,” sings John before the repentant build to the chorus: “Never again, never again. No…I’m sorry, I’m not what you wanted. I’m sorry, I’m sorry I let you down.”

Pioneer is out tomorrow, Dec. 6, on Action Theory.

+ Listen to The Maine’s “I’m Sorry.”