Bassist Garrett Nickelsen of The Maine and drummer Pat Kirch sat down to talk to a quick Q and A with The Arbiter before their Knitting Factory show on Oct. 14.
Arbiter: Last time you guys were here, someone put your band’s logo and the words ‘We Are The Maine.’ In chalk on a brick wall just outside of the Knitting Factory. It’s stayed there for quite awhile. What’s the story behind that?
Pat: I don’t know if we did that. I think it must have just been a fan that did it. That’s awesome.
Arbiter: Do you guys have a favorite memory in Boise?
Pat: We played at this venue, I think it was the first time we ever played in Boise. There was a bunch of fake plants in the green room, and we took them onstage when the other band was on. That was cool.
Garrett: I don’t know why we did that…”
Arbiter: What is something that you guys have learned from being in a band/ being on tour you don’t think the average young adult going to college would learn?
Pat: I think we’ve gotten a broader perspective of the world.
Garrett: We get to live in a lot of different places, which is kind of cool.
Pat: I guess you just see how everyone’s the same, but also completely different. It’s weird.
Garrett: Yeah. You could go to The Philippines and there’s kids acting the same as they act here.
Arbiter: When did you guys know that you wanted to make music?
Garrett: Probably like 5th grade. My brother was playing guitar, and I wasn’t playing any instruments, I was jealous of him. I always wanted to be in a band.
Pat: My neighbor played the drums, that kind of made me want to do it.
Arbiter: What is the number 1 question you guys are sick of hearing in interviews?
Garrett: What’s with the band name?’ We get that a lot.
Pat: The generic ones. You can tell they didn’t really think about them, and they ask every band those same questions.
Garrett: Also the whole, ‘If you were a food, what food would you be?’ It’s like, I don’t know, man.
Arbiter: What are you hoping to see tonight?
Garret: We haven’t been here for awhile, so hopefully people are excited to hear some new stuff and some old stuff.