Concert Review: Mayday Parade @ House Of Blues Boston, MA

Mayday Parade has embarked on the “Welcome To Sunnyland” tour across the United States. Accompanying Mayday Parade on tour are This Wild Life, William Ryan Key, and Oh, Weatherly.

I attended the Boston date, Nov. 10, 2018. I purchased a bundle when the tickets were in pre-sale and got a VIP Meet & Greet Experience Package. The package includes one ticket to the event with early entry, a meet and greet with Mayday Parade, a Mayday Parade shirt, a signed copy of Sunnyland, a pop socket, and a “Welcome to Sunnyland” postcard.

This was my fifth time meeting Mayday Parade. Derek Sanders, Alex Garcia, Brooks Betts, Jeremy Lenzo, and Jake Bundrick. If you have not been to a Mayday Parade meet and greet and have bought or is buying a meet and greet, the format of their meet and greet is different. The meet and greet is more of a hang out where the members go up to you and talk with you. I got the chance to talk with all of the guys, and they’re all so kind and humble. Both Brooks Betts and Jeremy Lenzo remembered me, and it was awesome getting to catch up with the guys about their latest album, Sunnyland, their experience on the road, and overall their well being. Here are some pictures of the meet and greet:

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Alex Garcia of Mayday Parade

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Brooks Betts of Mayday Parade

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Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade

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Jeremy Lenzo

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Jake Bundrick of Mayday Parade

The House Of Blues in Boston, MA holds approximately 2,500 people. I’ve never been to the venue for the show, but I enjoyed the atmosphere of it. The venue had three levels that were visible in the main part of the venue which was the floor, and two levels of balcony. The venue has good sound quality, and it was very spacious. What I enjoyed about the venue is that prior to the show, an announcement was made stating the policy of the venue: no re-entry, no smoking in the venue, and attendees should observe the exits to the venue and to enjoy to be safe.

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Mayday Parade at House Of Blues, MA (C) Victoria Onorato

The lineup was as followed: Oh, Weatherly, William Ryan Key, This Wild Life, and Mayday Parade. Oh, Weatherly took the stage first, and the group was phenomenal live. Oh, Weatherly is from Dallas, TX and they were featured on my 18 Bands To Check Out In 2018. The group released Lips Like Oxygen and Jake Bundrick, drummer of Mayday Parade, helped produce the album.  Oh, Weatherly’s sound live was was as great as their album. The vocals were clean and crisp, the instrumentals were on point, and their sound fit the vibe to the tour. Here is Oh, Weatherly’s setlist to the best of my knowledge:

  1. Burned Out
  2. Here Tonight
  3. Chasing California
  4. Make You Bright
  5. I Think I Want You
  6. Dark of the Night
  7. Lost and Found

Next on stage was William Ryan Key. For those who are not familiar with him, he was the vocalist of Yellowcard. Since Yellowcard’s departure (announced in 2016 and finished their farewell tour in 2017) William Ryan Key has been making music in a studio created in his house. During William Ryan Key’s set, Anthony Delgrosso drummed for the majority of the set. I have seen Yellowcard perform Vans Warped Tour and was very excited to see William Ryan Key since he released an EP Thirteen. He is releasing a new EP on Nov. 30. His sound after Yellowcard is acoustic which I personally enjoyed. Here is William Ryan Key’s setlist:

  1. Vultures
  2. Old Friends
  3. The Bowery
  4. Downtown Uptown
  5. Ocean Avenue (Yellowcard Song)
  6. Virtue

Next to take the stage was This Wild Life. This Wild Life is an acoustic pop punk duo from Long Beach, CA. This Wild Life has performed with Mayday Parade on the AP Tour. I’ve seen This Wild Life perform more than 5 times on tour with Mayday Parade, Vans Warped Tour, and their own tours. I love the sound that This Wild Life has; it’s different than other bands in the industry. During “Puppy Love” Kevin Jordan of This Wild Life asked fans to put pictures up of their dogs which was very cute considering I have a dog. During “Hold You Here” This Wild Life put a spotlight on a couple who loves This Wild Life and dedicated the song to any couple on the tour. Here is This Wild Life’s setlist:

  1. Taped Intro (Video here.)
  2. Concrete
  3. Positively Negative
  4. Puppy Love
  5. Westside
  6. History
  7. Hold You Here
  8. What’s My Age Again? / All the Small Things / First Date (Blink 182 Cover)
  9. Catie Rae
  10. Headfirst
  11. No More Bad Days

After all the opening bands played their sets and a short intermission was taken, Mayday Parade took the stage and played these songs:

  1. Never Sure
  2. Jersey
  3. It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning
  4. Black Cat
  5. Hold Onto Me
  6. Piece Of Your Heart
  7. I Swear This Time I Mean It
  8. My Friends Over You / I’m Not Okay (I Promise) / Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team)
  9. Jamie All Over
  10. Somebody That I Used To Know (Gotye Cover)
  11. Anywhere But Here
  12. One Of Us
  13. Looks Red, Tastes Blue
  14. Three Cheers For Five Years
  15. Miserable At Best
  16. Stay
  17. Oh Well, Oh Well **ENCORE**

The setlist was a refreshment from previous tours. I like the fact Mayday Parade incorperated songs from older albums and their latest album, Sunnyland. Mayday Parade changed their setlist during the tour, and I was very glad to see that Mayday Parade put in “It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated by Bolts Of Lightning.” I’m glad that Mayday Parade only had two parts of the show where they played covers. Personally, I wish Mayday Parade put in “Take My Breath Away,” and “Where You Are.” The setlist has a mix of old, new, and songs that the group doesn’t play very often which I especially enjoyed since I go to a lot of Mayday Parade’s shows.  I feel like overall Mayday Parade made an eclectic setlist that fits the Sunnyland vibe.

Mayday Parade in an impeccable band overall. The band puts out amazing albums, great shows, and continues to impress the fans with their quality work. Mayday Parade is timeless. If you have yet to hear Sunnyland, Mayday Parade’s latest album, I’d highly recommend.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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What You Need To Know Wednesday

State Champs announced a North American tour. The “Living Proof Tour North America” headlines State Champs and features Our Last Night. Tickets and tour information can be found on statechampsny.com.

You Me At Six announced a North American tour in 2019. There is no word on who will be opening for You Me At Six for the “Back Again” tour.

Real Friends released the music video for the song “Me First.”

Stand Atlantic released the music video for “Skinny Dipping.”

Architects released the music video for “Modern Misery.”

August Burns Red released an official music video for the song “Dangerous.”

Household released “Superiority Complex.”

Betty Who announced she is opening for Panic! At The Disco on the “Pray For The Wicked” tour.

Knocked Loose announced a holiday show featuring Knuckle Puck, Hot Mulligan, Belmont, and more!

Milestones released a statement the group is breaking up. The group is playing a couple farewell shows.

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Milestones 2014-2019 We started this band as a bunch of 17 year olds, we didn’t even know each other to begin with. We all just shared this vision of touring the world and working as hard as we could to get there. Like all bands who strive towards this, we gave up our jobs, some friends, some relationships and missed out on so much. It was all worth it. But for us, breaking up as a band has been a reality for a long time. Some of us would like to pursuit new dreams, others would just like a break from this for a while. Either way, this was a joint decision that we feel was the right move for us as human beings and as professionals. We value our mental health and professional integrity at absolute paramount so this is something we all unanimously decided was the only step forward. We’d like to thank everybody who’s ever worked with us – past and present – for any support and opportunities they gave us. We want to thank anybody who let us stay on their floor, gave us food – without you guys the music industry would be darkened and it’s your gratitude that keeps the upcoming artists alive, your grace inspired us everyday to be better people. Mostly, we’d like to thank all of you who ever came to a show, supported our tiny band, sang along, bought a shirt – we hope your memories with your friends are just as special as ours are with one another. You believed in something we did and that’s a blessing only few experience. So thank you. We’ve been fortunate enough to play all across the world and share moments we dreamt of as kids; and in the process became brothers. We’ve learnt a lot and grown a whole lot more. We’ll be playing 2 final shows to bid farewell to 5 years of our lives and celebrate every moment we had with each other and with you. We’ll be joined by Luke Rainsford & SHADED, two of the most exciting acts emerging from the U.K. right now. We’d love for you to join us and do this with us one more time. Tickets will be available on Wednesday 31st October (link in bio), so be quick! We will not be adding any more shows. These are the scars that we made into art, Milestones x

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Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

New Song From Sleep On It!

Sleep On It released its latest single “Disconnected” via. Equal Vision Records.

The song was released with a lyric video. There is no word if this song will be on the group’s upcoming album.

Zech Pluister, vocalist of Sleep On It, posted the song announcement on his Instagram (@zechpluister) and stated the group is working on a new album.

Sleep On It is set to tour with With Confidence and Broadside on the “Love And Loathing In Paradise” Tour! For tickets and tour information click here.

What are your thoughts on Sleep On It’s latest track? Let me know on Twitter @ovictoriamedia.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Albums To Release: September Edition

There are album releases this month from a variety of bands. Here’s a list of albums you need to keep an eye out for.

September 7, 2018

Welcome To The Neighbourhood by Boston Manor via. Pure Noise Records.

The singles released prior to the album are “Halo,” “England’s Dreaming,” and “Bad Machine.” Here is the album track list:

  1. Welcome To The Neighbourhood
  2. Flowers In Your Dustbin
  3. Halo
  4. England’s Dreaming
  5. Funeral Party
  6. Digital Ghost
  7. Tunnel Vision
  8. Bad Machine
  9. If I Can’t Have It No One Can
  10. Hate You
  11. FY1
  12. Stick Up
  13. The Day That I Ruined Your Life

Catch Boston Manor on tour with Real Friends this autumn. Tickets and tour information can be found here.

September 14, 2018

Generation Rx by Good Charolette. The 9 song album features singles “Shadowboxer,” “Actual Pain,” and “Prayers.” Here is the album track list:

  1. Generation Rx
  2. Self Help
  3. Shadowboxer
  4. Actual Pain
  5. Prayers
  6. Cold Song
  7. Leech (feat. Sam Carter)
  8. Better Demons
  9. California (The Way I Say I Love You)

Good Charolette will be headlining the “Generation Rx Tour.” Tickets and tour information can be found on www.goodcharlotte.com.

Palms by Thrice via. Epitaph Records. The album has a 10 song track list including singles “Only Us” and “The Grey.” Here is the track list:

  1. Only Us
  2. The Grey
  3. The Dark
  4. Just Breathe
  5. Everything Belongs
  6. My Soul
  7. A Branch In The River
  8. Hold Up A Light
  9. Blood On Blood
  10. Beyond The Pines

September 21, 2018

Proper Dose by The Story So Far via. Pure Noise Records. The album has 11 songs including “Let It Go,” “Take Me As You Please,” and “Upside Down.” Here is the track list:

  1. Proper Dose
  2. Keep This Up
  3. Out Of It
  4. Take Me as You Please
  5. Let It Go
  6. Upside Down
  7. If I Fall
  8. Need To Know
  9. Line
  10. Growing On You
  11. Light Year

Million Dollars To Kill Me by Joyce Manor via. Epitaph Records. The album features singles “Think I’m Still In Love With You” and “Million Dollars To Kill Me.” Here is the track list.

  1. Fighting Kangaroo
  2. Think I’m Still In Love With You
  3. Big Lie
  4. I’m Not The One
  5. Million Dollars To Kill Me
  6. Silly Games
  7. Friends We Met Online
  8. Up The Punx
  9. Gone Tomorrow
  10. Wildflowers

September 28, 2018

Reduxer by Alt-J via. Atlantic Records. The album features songs “3WW (Feat. Little Simz,)” “Deadcrush (Feat. Danny Brown,)” and “In Cold Blood (Feat. Pusha T.)”

In other news, Fil Thorpe-Evans, bassist from Neck Deep, has left Neck Deep prior to “The Peace And The Panic Tour 2” (a statement about Thorpe-Evans’ decision to depart is on Neck Deep’s Facebook page and can be read here.) Stand Atlantic announced its signed to Hopeless Records and released “Lavender Bones,” Grayscale announced the group will be opening for The Maine on the last show for Lovely, Little, Lonely.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

New Music And Tours Announced!

There are a lot of music and tour announcements. Here’s what’s going on.

The track will be on the upcoming album Proper Dose set to release Sept. 21, 2018.

  • Hail The Sun released “The Stranger In Our Picture.” The single will be on the upcoming album Mental Knife set to release Sept. 29, 2018.
  • Andy Black covered “My Way” famously sang by Frank Sinatra. Hear the cover here.
  • Columbus released the music video for “Cut It Out.”
  • Fit For A King released new song “Oblivion.”
  • Waterparks released the music video for “Peach (Lobotomy.)
  • Bring Me The Horizon released the music video for “MANTRA.” The group also announced new tour dates. For tickets, tour information, and insight to new music visit www.bmthofficial.com.
  • The Hunna cancelled its tour across the US. The group posted on Instagram giving explanation to the cancellation.
  • Blessthefall is parting ways with Matt Traynor. A statement has been released on Facebook going through the reason behind Traynor’s departure (Read it here.)
  • Ex-bassist of Panic! At The Disco Dallon Weekes project I Don’t Know How But They Found Me just got signed to Fearless Records. In addition to the announcement a new single has been released! Listen to “Do It All The Time” now!

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria