On July 12th, it was sadly confirmed that the band, Mae, will be going on a farewell tour this Fall.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with them, Mae (which is an acronym for Multi-Sensory Aesthetic Experience) have been touring the country for the better part of this past decade, and released 3 full-length albums along with several EP’s and DVD’s. Founding members Dave Elkins (vocals/guitar) and Jacob Marshall (drums) will be touring with longtime member Zach Gehring (guitar) and have suprised fans by bringing along former members Mark Padgett (bass) and Rob Sweitzer (keyboard) to say goodbye.
Always focused on portraying what they love to their fans, the band worked tirelessly to release music that was both honest and thought-provoking, and their live shows are no different. Visuals and light displays were both lovingly and painstakingly created by producer/filmmaker/documentarian Brett ‘Benji’ Brownell and visual artist/cinematographer Andy Mellon, who among fans of the band, are counted as honorary members.
Originally signed by Tooth and Nail Records, the band released their debut album, ‘Destination: Beautiful’ in 2003, followed by the EP ‘Destination: B-Sides’ and the follow-up album, ‘The Everglow’ in 2005. During their time with Tooth and Nail, they also released a DVD entitled “From Toledo to Tokyo” through Astorya Entertainment, which documented the band’s first trip to Japan and gave an insider’s look into the life of a touring group. After signing to Capitol Records during a very tumultuous time in the record industry, the band released their first and only major record release entitled ‘Singularity’ in 2007. They eventually parted ways with Capitol in 2008, and through the following year, Mae set themselves apart from other artists by completely taking a DIY route in their music.They started a project entitled “12 Songs. 12 Months. 1 Goal. Make a Difference”, and diligently released one song per month, which was available as a download for a minimum $1 donation from their website. Those donations were split among several charities throughout the year, and helped the band build a house for a local family through Habitat for Humanity. The band also released two EP’s that were sold at shows in support of their (M)orning and (A)fternoon tours. Fans are still waiting for the final EP entitled (E)vening, which has an indefinite release date.
Through 7 years of touring, Mae made Toledo a constant tour destination, and the city had the extreme pleasure to see them perform over a dozen times at various venues like The Longhorn Saloon, Frankies, and Headliners. Toledo also holds a special place in the band’s heart evident through mentions in the song “So Far Away” and as the Title of their DVD “From Toledo to Tokyo”.
This Fall, the band will make a final (indefinite) farewell through a tour entitled “Goodbye, Goodnight” which will be bittersweet to fans, who will be seeing the band as its original line-up. Mae continued to tour after Padgett and Sweitzer parted ways in September of 2007, and were joined by artists Robert Smith and Josiah Schlater from the band, Tokyo, and later by artist David Pogge. Supporting artists for the Goodbye, Goodnight tour include Terrible Things (which is the new project of The Color Fred front man and former Taking Back Sunday guitarist, Fred Mascherino) and Windsor Drive (an up-and-coming band from Wisconsin). As of today, the tour is going from October 1st-November 19th, and the only Ohio date is set for October 13th at Musica in Akron. Other area shows include The Southgate House in Newport Kentucky on October 12th, The Altar Bar in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on October 24th, The Eagle Theater in Pontiac Michigan on October 26th, and The Bottom Lounge in Chicago Illinois on October 27th.
As a final note, I would just like to personally say that fans should do what they can to make it out to this last tour, because we’re not guaranteed another. Mae, thank you for everything you’ve done. Coming from myself and so many others. We love you.