After several years away, Mae made their return to Madison, Wisconsin. Joining them at the Majestic were The Honorary Title, Between the Trees, and Far-Less.
Openers Far-Less and Between the Trees were both rather good at what they do, but both were reminiscent of previous Mae opening acts (The Snake, The Cross, The Crown and Copeland, respectively) and of something I would have been much more into three or four years ago. Far-Less had a darker sound, while Between the Trees offered up earnest and hopeful power-pop that is so popular in the Christian rock scene.
Up next was The Honorary Title, who kicked off their set with “Stuck at Sea“. The band played a good mix of material from both of their LPs, reworking a few of the older songs to give them a fresh feel. The newer material went over well, being uptempo and laden with the ever-infectious cht-cht-cht of the hi-hat.
Rounding off the night was Virginia’s Mae. This time around the band has employed a light & image show to accompany their set. The effect was slightly surreal, especially during the extended instrumental jams.
Though the band recently experienced a slight line-up change, the sound remains wholly the same and the new members fit seamlessly. Despite their latest release dropping just last summer, Mae’s set leaned heavily toward their first album, Destination: Beautiful, including “Embers & Envelopes”, “Soundtrack For Our Movie”, and “Summertime”.
Following the band’s main set was a small benefit show in the Majestic’s upstairs bar. For a $5 donation supporting Habitat For Humanity, fans got to sit up close and personal with Zach, Dave, and Jacob and request their favorite songs in an intimate, acoustic setting. Unfortunately things were cut short due to lead vocalist Dave verging on losing his voice, but the band stuck around to take pictures, sign autographs, and have some one-on-one time with the crowd. Mae will be using the funds raised on tour through these acoustic sets to fund a mission for the band with Habitat to build a house where it is needed. For more information on Mae’s Habitat for Humanity benefit shows, check out their website.