Mike Mains & The Branches

Detroit, MI

Mike Mains and The Branches is a Michigan-based pop-rock band. Since forming in 2012, the group has built a reputation for its fantastical instrumentation and unforgettable live performances. Mains began writing songs early in his career between shifts at a casino, which is an apt illustration of his perspective on life: it’s a comedy, a tragedy and a fairytale.

It’s that perspective that laces itself throughout the band’s catalog, where the songs make you dance while the lyrics make you cry. And while the juxtaposition of glitter and gloom should feel confusing, it renders itself joyfully therapeutic. And that’s the goal, particularly in the band’s live shows: to strap you into a roller coaster you never want to get off of.

The boisterousness began when founding members Mike and Shannon fell in love, got married, and in doing so, minted the focal experience of the band’s music and lyrics; not just love, but the swirling highs and the bruising lows of choosing to live life together. After releasing an EP and two full-length albums, they chose to partner with Tooth & Nail Records on their latest release. The record, “When We Were In Love,” is their most honest yet. Although their agenda remains the same – to combat numbness with joy, pain and wings to fly – this latest pursuit is more of an honest reflection in the struggle to love. The result is an infectious and colorful album full of tragedy, comedy and the freedom to forget fairytales.

Music Sampler

Artist Performances

Friday August 2nd from 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM at Gibson Music Hall
Friday August 2nd from 5:35 PM - 6:25 PM at Lou's Brew Cafe & Lounge
Friday August 2nd from 8:40 PM - 9:30 PM at Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley Courtyard
Saturday August 3rd from 1:45 PM - 2:35 PM at McGuinness Irish Pub
Saturday August 3rd from 7:30 PM - 8:20 PM at McFleshman's Brewing Co.