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The Maine formed in 2007 in Tempe and garnered significant 'tween attention with a pair of EPs, Stay Up, Get Down and The Way We Talk (the latter featuring an Akon cover), before signing with pop-punk label Fearless Records (Blessthefall, At the Drive In, Plain White T's) for the release of its debut full-length, Can't Stop, Won't Stop. The record sold well, and the band stepped up to the majors with 2010's Black & White, which was issued by Warner Bros Records. In an odd turn of events, the band recorded its follow-up, Pioneer, on its own without informing the label, and the sessions yielded nine songs, which the band presented to an indifferent A&R staff at the label. Frustrated by their indifference, the band fought to release the album. Eventually, Warner Bros agreed, but under the unusual condition that the band would self-release the record and that it would not count toward the seven records contractually owed to the label. (Our sister paper, Phoenix New Times has the full story on the entire saga)

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