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The Maine release new album, play Fresno concert April 7


The band’s singer is sick of being at home and ready to tour


6:30 p.m. Tuesday April 7 / Strummer’s, 833 E Fern Ave. / $22 / All ages / (559) 485-5356,

John O’Callaghan is ready to be back on the road.

“It’s time,” says, O’Callaghan, who sings for the Arizona alt-rock band The Maine. “I’m kind of sick of sitting at home. I really hate complacency.”

It’s only been a month.

Luckily, the band embarks on a six-week national headlining tour on Friday. The tour stops Tuesday, April 7, at Strummer’s.

The band is out in support of “American Candy,” which was released on Tuesday. It’s the band’s fifth studio album since forming in 2007 and was recorded in a makeshift studio in the middle of the desert in Joshua Tree. There was no Internet connection and little distraction from the outside world, O’Callaghan says. It made for a very analog approach to the recording, he says.

“It was nice to spend a month and think and eat and breathe the album.”