Tales Told By Dead Friends Anniversary Tour

Mayday Parade is an Alternative band from Tallahassee, Florida. Forming in 2005, they’ve taken the music scene by storm since their first EP Tales Told By Dead Friends and their first LP A Lesson In Romantics were released. Though fans caught on to songs like “Jamie All Over” and “Miserable At Best,” their first EP is what truly makes Mayday Parade who they are today. Tales Told By Dead Friends had over 50,000 copies sold without Mayday Parade being on a label.

What makes Tales Told By Dead Friends so spectacular is Mayday Parade finding their own formula for music. Mayday Parade impresses fans with their emotional ballads (i.e. “Miserable At Best,” “Hold Onto Me,” “Terrible Things” and “Letting Go“)  their hooks, (examples include but not limited to “Jamie All Over,” “Oh Well, Oh Well” and “Ghosts“) and amplified angst that gets the crowd rowdy such as “Hollow” and “Last Night For A Table For Two.” If it wasn’t for Mayday Parade’s first EP, it would be hard for the band to truly find themselves before getting signed to a record label. What also makes this EP even more special is former member of Mayday Parade and Go Radio, Jason Lancaster was on their first EP.

Mayday Parade’s lyrics and music is primarily about heartbreak and has a consistent sound, but that didn’t stop Mayday Parade from experimenting. Their fifth LP Black Lines (2015) was something fans were taken back from. Beginning with the artwork not having a faceless umbrella man, and Mayday Parade went from an emo Alternative sound to getting a raw, more organic sound influenced by 90s grunge. Lead singer Derek Sanders releases more of a rasp and urgency in his voice. Drummer Jake Bundrick, Guitarists Alex Garcia and Brooks Betts and Bassist Jeremy Lenzo were able to become more ragged with the way they play to explore their capabilities. It seems like the band had more freedom which was refreshing to hear. Black Lines is a new sounding album but was very successful. If you haven’t had to the chance, I encourage you to listen to their latest album.

Mayday Parade announced this week that they will be touring in the United States, primarily the East Coast, in November with Modern Chemistry on their “10th Anniversary Tour For Tales Told By Head Friends EP.” The tour begins on November 11th in Orlando, Florida and ends November 23rd in Tallahassee, Florida.


Photo courtesy of Mayday Parade’s twitter @maydayparade

Tickets for the 10th Anniversary Tour For Tales Told By Dead Friends are on sale today! Ticket information for any Mayday Parade show can be found on their website.

The guys in Mayday Parade are nothing short of humble, genuine, kind guys. If you haven’t seen Mayday Parade perform live, I highly recommend you go see them. Derek Sanders, Brooks Betts, Alex Garcia, Jeremy Lenzo and Jake Bundrick know how to put their heart and soul in their music and performance. To learn more about Mayday Parade, a documentary was released on their YouTube. Until then…

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!


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In Case You’ve Missed It…

In case you’ve missed it, here are this week’s music updates!

  1. The APMAs took place this past Monday in Columbus, Ohio. Jack Barakat of All Time Low won the President of the APMAs against Alex Gaskart. The winners of the APMAs this year can be found here.
  2. This Wild Life announced a US tour and Europe tour with Have Mercy, Movements and Many Rooms. The US Tour kicks off on September 14th in Long Angeles, CA and ends November 19th in Leeds, UK. Ticket information for the tour will be found on This Wild Life’s website
  3. Too Close To Touch is releasing a new album, Haven’t Been Myself on September 23rd featuring their latest single “What I Wish I Could Forget.”
  4. Pierce The Veil, Neck Deep and I Prevail revealed that they will be touring together in the United States. The tour begins September 3rd in San Francisco, CA and ends October 16th in Los Angeles, CA. Ticket information is here including pre-order information and meet and greet options.
  5. My Chemical Romance teased a new logo and a date, September 23, 2016 in a tweet. The Internet was in a frenzy in hopes that this would call for a reunion for My Chemical Romance. The band confirmed that they will not be reuniting via Twitter.
  6. Moose Blood released a new song “Sulk” off their album Blush which will be debuted on August 5 by Hopeless Records.
  7. Marilyn Manson revealed the name of his new album Say10 at the APMAs.
  8. Every Time I Die released a new single “Glitches” that will be on their new album Low Teens which will be released on September 23rd.
  9. Capsize debuted their album A Reintroduction: The Essence Of All That Surrounds Me today.
  10. Safe To Say released their new album Down In The Dark today! Also, Crown The Empire released Retrograde today.

What a crazy week! Until then rock on, stay humble, and be positive!


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Song Review: “Pull Me Out” by This Wild Life

This Wild Life is an acoustic pop-punk duo from Long Beach, California. They’ve released their first full length album Clouded in 2014 that features the songs “History” and “Roots and Branches.” On Tuesday, This Wild Life released a new single “Pull Me Out,”the music video for the song, and announced their second album release date.

This Wild Life has lyrics regarding events in their lives, break ups and much more, which makes the lyrics to this song familiar. Most of the songs by This Wild Life have a stripped down ballad vibe. The overall sound of the song is unique from previous songs they’ve released. The introduction to the video has clips of water, neon lights that display the eye of a girl, and a silhouette of Kevin Jordan. The track has an electric beat, a drum and acoustic guitar. Their tempo is slow leaving room to demonstrate their acoustic sound and raw melodies.

The thing that makes This Wild Life so successful is their ability to show their emotional lyrics, and their unique acoustic sound. Kevin Jordan and Anthony DelGrosso are the two members that sing, play the guitar, and play the drums. The pair have excellent control and similar vision for the group.

This Wild Life has been tweeting pictures about their journey with their latest LP. Jordan and DelGrosso recorded this LP with Aaron Marsh of Copeland and Jason Suwito of Sir Sly. Low Tide will be debuted September 9th which features this track. The album has 10 songs on their list which are:

  1. Hit the Reset
  2. Pull Me Out
  3. Break Down
  4. Let Go (Feat. Maya Tuttle)
  5. Just Yesterday
  6. Fade
  7. Falling Down
  8. Red Room
  9. Change My Sheets
  10. Brick Wall

Seeing This Wild Life perform at Warped Tour in 2014 and 2015 and opening for Mayday Parade at the AP Tour, I’m certain that this new LP will be amazing. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out This Wild Life’s album Clouded. Also, you should pre-order their latest album Low Tide on Amazon, iTunes or their online store or stream it on Apple Music and Spotify.


In other news, The Amity Affliction released a new song, “This Could Be Heartbreak” and Crown The Empire debuted “Weight Of The World.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!


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Vans Warped Tour 2016 @ Long Island, NY

Warped Tour 2016 for New York took place at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Saturday was the 14th show out of the 42 shows live across the United States.
I happened to get onto AltPress’ snapchat with Nick Major

I met John O’ Callaghan from the Maine
img_0508I met Broadside

As well as Too Close to Touch

And Sykes

I would have to say that this year’s Warped Tour was the best I have went to. The weather was overcast and 74 degrees with a slight breeze which was comfortable to be in the whole day. The lineup was fantastic and the energy each crowd had at each set was so unique and different. I saw We The Kings, Tonight Alive, Knuckle Puck, Mayday Parade, State Champs, Sykes, Broadside, and Real Friends perform. I was not able to see Yellowcard, Too Close To Touch, Sleeping With Sirens, With Confidence, and The Maine and due to conflicting times. Below are some bands setlists.

Knuckle Puck:

  1. Disdain
  2. Fences
  3. But Why Would You Care?
  4. Evergreen
  5. Bedford Falls
  6. No Good
  7. Untitled
  8. Pretense

Mayday Parade:

  1. Jersey
  2. Keep In Mind, Transmogrification Is A New Technology
  3. Oh Well, Oh Well
  4. Black Cat
  5. Lets Be Honest
  6. When You See My Friends
  7. Jamie All Over


  1. Storyteller
  2. Come & Go
  3. The Simple Type
  4. Human Machines
  5. Playing In Traffic
  6. Coffee Talk

Real Friends:

  1. Late Nights In My Car
  2. I Don’t Love You Anymore
  3. Stay In One Place
  4. Floorborads
  5. Colder Quicker
  6. Summer
  7. Mess
  8. Loose Ends

I knew almost every band I saw at Warped Tour, but I never heard of Sykes prior to that day. After walking around the venue for awhile, my friend and I thought it would be fun to check out a band we both haven’t heard of before. Playing on the Cyclops Stage, Sykes took the stage. More people traveled over to the stage as their set continued on. The energy of Sykes made their set super enjoyable.

There were many tents set up across Warped Tour besides band tents. There was a company called Then, Now, Always that sold Vans Warped Tour bracelets like this
And there were tents to support the arts, cards for homeless kids, Hope For The Day, and many more. There were tents for clothing company, record labels, universities and many more. If you’re attending Warped Tour, I recommend checking out other tents.

The 2016 Vans Warped Tour is happening all summer long. Today, Warped Tour took place in Scranton, Pennsylvania. PVRIS was at yesterday’s Warped Tour in Hartford, CT and they performed with Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive. Be sure to check out the bands that will be at your local Vans Warped Tour.

Here are the photos from the meet and greet I had with Panic! At The Disco last week!

Thanks to everyone for their patience for this post. There will be a new article on Friday. Until then…

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive


Check out: Vans Warped Tour Survival Guide

Concert Review: Panic! At The Disco

I was fortunate enough to have see Panic! At The Disco perform with Weezer at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater yesterday. Prior to the show, I met Panic!
At The Disco. I got three guitar picks (one from Brendon, one from Dallon and one from Kenny) and got two photos with Panic! At The Disco.

Next week, I’ll post the photo with them. Meeting Panic! At The Disco seems liked such a surreal experience. I’ve been a big fan of Panic! At The Disco since A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, and they’ve evolved so much as a group. If you haven’t already, check out their album Death Of A Bachelor. 
After the meet and greet, the opening band was Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, and they had a light, whimsical vibe to their music. Andrew McMahon was walking around venue singing and having cameras following him. You might recognize the name Andrew McMahon if you listened to Jack’s Mannequin. Andrew McMahon sang “Dark Blue” last night; it was awesome to see live.img_0311
After a 30 minute intermission in between sets, Panic! At The Disco took the stage. Now, I’ve seen Panic! At The Disco twice prior to this concert. I saw Panic! At The Disco perform on October 30, 2011 at The Paramount and again on August 5, 2014 at The Theater in Madison Square Garden. Both times I’ve seen Panic! At The Disco, I was blown away. Brendon Urie is an unbelievable vocalist.

Panic! At The Disco’s setlist was:

  1. Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time
  2. Vegas Lights
  3. The Ballad of Mona Lisa
  4. Hallelujah
  5. Time To Dance
  6. Emperor’s New Clothes
  7. Girls/ Girls/ Boys
  8. Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)
  9. Nine In The Afternoon
  10. Crazy=Genius
  11. Miss Jackson
  12. Golden Days
  13. Bohemian Rhapsody
  14. LA Devotee
  15. Death Of A Bachelor
  16. I Write Sins Not Tragedies
  17. This Is Gospel
  18. Victorious

Seeing Panic! At The Disco live is the best thing one can do. Every time I’ve seen Panic! At The Disco, I’ve always had the greatest time. There’s something about how spectacular the energy is at a Panic! At The Disco show. Brendon Urie won the 2014 award of Best Vocalist at the APMAs; it is certainly well deserved. Brendon has an impeccable range as a vocalist, he has an excellent stage presence and is a well- rounded singer. Brendon dedicated “This Is Gospel” to Spencer Smith, who is sober from prescription medication and alcohol addiction for two years. Unfortunately, I was unable to stay to see Weezer but I had the chance to hear them as I left. Weezer sounded really good. It’s safe to say that the Panic! At The Disco show was an outstanding concert.
Panic! At The Disco will be touring with Weezer all summer long. The tour began on June 10th at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion located in The Woodlands, Texas and will end August 6th at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California. In January, Panic! At The Disco will be in Australia.

In other news, Yellowcard announced last week that they are breaking up. They’re playing all summer at Vans Warped Tour and having a farewell tour. Also, Blink- 182’s album California is released today. Next week I will be going to Warped Tour on July 9th, so there will be a post up either Saturday evening or on Sunday. Until then…

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive


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