Mae performing at the Soundwave festival 2008.
|Origin||Norfolk, Virginia, USA|
|Labels||Tooth & Nail (2003-2007)
Cell Records (2009-present)
Mae is an American rock band that formed in Norfolk, Virginia in 2001. The band's name is an acronym for "Multi-sensory Aesthetic Experience," based on a course taken by drummer Jacob Marshall while a student at Old Dominion University.
Jacob Marshall and Dave Elkins began what would become Mae by writing their first song, "Embers and Envelopes", in Marshall's living room. The band signed with Tooth and Nail Records and released their first album, Destination: Beautiful, in 2003. They released their second full-length album, The Everglow, in 2005. The band toured extensively to promote it, and also performed on the Vans Warped Tour. Mae re-released The Everglow in 2006, adding three new songs and a two-hour DVD.
Later in 2006, the band signed to Capitol Records for their third full-length album. Mae began recording the album in the fall of 2006, working with producer Howard Benson (who has produced albums for Saosin, My Chemical Romance, and Relient K). The album, titled Singularity, was released on August 14, 2007. On June 19, 2007, the band released the first single from Singularity, "Sometimes I Can't Make It Alone".
On September 24, 2007 Padgett and Sweitzer parted ways with Mae. As of July 2009, Padgett still contributes in the studio.
In 2008, Mae announced that they have split ways with Capitol Records.  They have also stated that they will release one new song for each month of 2009. These songs are available to download on their website for a minimum donation of $1. Proceeds will go to humanitarian projects of Mae's choosing. Additionally, they will be compiling these songs into three separate EP's entitled (m)orning, (a)fternoon and (e)vening, respectively. They will be released periodically in 2009.
On December 17, 2008, Mae released a demo version of the song "Somewhere" on their MySpace page.
The EP entitled (m)orning was released in stores and online on September 22, 2009. There was a limited edition disk that was only available on their spring US tour. The actual disc for the limited edition of (m)orning is scratch-and-sniff. It is scented like the Ocean and the band encourages the members in the crowd of their live shows to smell the disc during their song from the Everglow entitled "The Ocean."
In July 2009, Mae announced they were starting their own label called "Cell Records" through which they would release their three EP set. In order to get in store distribution Mae returned to their original label Tooth and Nail Records and signed a distribution agreement with the label.
Before forming Mae, Dave Elkins was co-founder and lead vocalist for the emo/indie band Sky's the Limit. Elkins used his song "Skyline Drive", originally recorded by Sky's the Limit, on Mae's Destination: Beautiful.
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|Destination: Beautiful||2003||Tooth & Nail Records||–||–||–||–||–|
|Destination: B-Sides||2004||Tooth & Nail Records||–|
|Connect Sets||2005||Tooth & Nail Records
|Live Music Series: Mae EP||2006||Beyond Warped||–|
|The Everglow EP||Tooth & Nail Records||–|
|2003||Embers and Envelopes||–||Destination: Beautiful|
|Someone Else's Arms||–|
|2007||Sometimes I Can't Make It Alone||–||Singularity|
|2009||The House That Fire Built||–||(m)orning|
Throughout 2009, Mae released 'Songs of the Month' (proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity and Donorschoose.org), with the first four tracks going onto the (M)orning EP, the second set of four going onto the (A)fternoon EP, and the final four on the (E)vening EP: