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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