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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The Release of “Composure” By Real Friends

Illinois sad boys Real Friends released Composure via. Fearless Records on July 13, 2018.

Composure has a 10 song track list including singles “Get By,” “Smiling On The Surface,” and “From The Outside.” Here is the track list.

  1. Me First
  2. Stand Steady
  3. From The Outside
  4. Smiling On The Surface
  5. Hear What You Want
  6. Unconditional Love
  7. Composure
  8. Get By
  9. Ripcord
  10. Take A Hint

This is Real Friends’ third full length album. Some members in the group, primarily Dan Lambton, have struggled with mental illness and it’s refreshing to see that the group based lyrics on this new album on the struggle of mental illness. This group is evolving and displaying their own issues and insecurities on this new album.

Real Friends is on the Vans Warped Tour all summer long on the Journey’s Right Foot Stage. Tickets and tour information can be found on vanswarpedtour.com.

In other news, The Hunna released Dare via. High Times Records, Twenty One Pilots released a new song “Jumpsuit,” The Story So Far gave details on the group’s new album, Rock Sound announced via. Twitter that As It Is will be on the upcoming magazine cover, Glass Animals announced via. Twitter that upcoming tours are cancelled, and Sleep On It released the music video for “A New Way Home.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

New Singles From Mayday Parade & This Wild Life

Both Mayday Parade and This Wild Life released singles and music videos for new albums set to release in June. Both groups will be performing on Journey’s Left Foot Stage at this year’s Vans Warped Tour. Tickets and tour information for Vans Warped Tour 2018 can be found here.

Mayday Parade released its first single “Piece Of You Heart” on May 3. This is the first single on the upcoming album Sunnyland which is set to release June 15 via. Rise Records.

The album is the first album Mayday Parade will release under Rise Records. Mayday Parade changed to Rise Records from Fearless Records this year. “Piece Of Your Heart” is one of 13 songs off of the upcoming album. Here is the track list for Sunnyland.

  1. Never Sure
  2. It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning
  3. Piece Of Your Heart
  4. Is Nowhere
  5. Take My Breath Away
  6. Stay The Same
  7. How Do You Like Me Now
  8. Where Are You
  9. If I Were You
  10. Satellite
  11. Looks Red, Tastes Blue
  12. Always Leaving
  13. Sunnyland

You can pre-order Sunnyland here or pre-save the album on a streaming service.

I’m very excited for this new album. The group hasn’t released music since Black Lines in 2015. If “Piece Of Your Heart” is an indication for the upcoming album, it will be nice that Mayday Parade is branching out the album’s sound. Black Lines had an grungy 90s vibe, and “Piece Of Your Heart” sounds like it could be on Mayday Parade’s self-titled album.


On May 1, This Wild Life released a music video for the release of “Westside.” The new single will be one of 10 songs on Petaluma set to release June 22 via. Epitaph Records.

Here is the track list:

  1. Figure It Out
  2. Headfirst
  3. Catie Rae
  4. Positively Negative
  5. Westside
  6. Hold You Here
  7. Come Back Down
  8. College Kids
  9. Never Believe
  10. No Need For Novocaine

I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of Petaluma since the first two singles resemble This Wild Life’s old sound with acoustics with a nice instrumental of stringed instruments.

This Wild Life released its first single “Hold You Here” in April. Petaluma can be pre-ordered here or pre-saved on streaming services. Kevin Jordan, vocalist of This Wild Life, wrote a statement on his Instagram about the importance of this album.

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Our new album Petaluma is coming out June 22nd on Epitaph Records. Head to thiswildlifeband.com now to watch the music video for our new song 'Westside' and to pre-order the album 🌻 Petaluma is the first record we made with a clear vision before the first song was written. In our targets was an album that we could listen to and perform on a daily basis. Something with the dynamics and emotion we’ve always strived for, but within the bounds of a bright, warm, and organic sonic energy flowing through it. We wanted it to rule. Petaluma is the name of a street I lived on for a year after my childhood home was lost to foreclosure. My family was split up for the first time and my world was in disarray between shitty jobs, my failing passion for music, and a relationship that was falling apart. Despite the circumstances, I look back at that time with a fondness and appreciation for having the opportunity to dig myself out from the hole I had gotten myself into. At times I am as fragile as the glass that adorns the album cover, but like the sunflower at the center of its image I will always seek the sun and its light. This record feels like the first hint of summer after wandering through the cold. It feels honest and true to us as artists and individuals. It feels damn good.

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In other news, Paramore performed “Rose Colored Boy” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Moose Blood released a music video for “Can We Stay Like This,” The Word Alive released Violent Noise, Middle Kid’s released Lost Friends, and Against Me! is going on a spring tour (tickets and tour information can be found here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

*Need new music? Check out my list of 18 Bands To Check Out In 2018.

Song Review: “Vanilla-Scented Laser Beams”

On April 24, 2018, Illinois natives Homesafe released its first single “Vanilla-Scented Laser Beams.” The song will be featured on the group’s debut full length album One via. Pure Noise Records.

The beginning of the music video gave me a nostalgic 80s/ ‘Stranger Things’ vibe with the fog and color scheme chosen by director Shifty Dimensions. The outfits the group wore during their performance reminded me of The Matrix with the dark attire and glasses worn. It was interesting near the end of the music video you see Homesafe playing for aliens.

The single gave glimpses to a new sound that is more on the rock and alternative side rather than an angsty, pop punk sound. The sound was similar to Such Gold with hints of Seaway. It wasn’t as raw with the rasp of the vocals and instrumentally the song wasn’t as high paced.  I’m looking forward to hearing more songs off of the upcoming album. If this single is an indication for the type of album One is, fans will be noticing a new era for Homesafe.

Here is the tracklist for One:

  1. Point Blank
  2. Run
  3. Say Something
  4. Sadistic Society
  5. Have It All
  6. Vanilla-Scented Laser Beams
  7. Suits and Ties
  8. I Don’t Know How
  9. Time Ain’t Free
  10. Stay Away
  11. Get It Right
  12. Sideways Sleeper
  13. fin

You can pre-order the album here. The album is set to release June 29. Homesafe announced a headline tour across the United States. Accompanying Homesafe will be Hot Mulligan, Heart Attack Man, and Jetty Bones.

In other news, Hawthorne Heights released Bad Frequencies, Bullet For My Valentine announced a tour via. Twitter, CHVRCHES released “Miracle,” and 5 Seconds of Summer released a live video for “Youngblood.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

** Need new music to listen to? Check out my list of 18 Bands to Check Out in 2018. Also, watch a montage created by myself about my trip on Parahoy here. **

My Experience on Parahoy: Deep Search Cruise

Paramore embarked on its third edition of Parahoy! on April 6, 2018. The cruise is a four day trip to paradise with Paramore. Accompanying Paramore on the cruise was: mewithoutYou, Local Natives, Judah and The Lion, Mija, Halfnoise, and Now Now. Comedians include: Jordan Rock and Ryan O’Flanagan.

Once I got onto the cruise ship, I put my belongings in my cabin and walked around until my safety briefing. After the briefing, I waited in the Spinnaker Lounge, located on Deck 13, for my group to get merchandise.

After waiting over an hour, I got to the merch store on the boat and bought two Parahoy shirts and a Paramore sweatshirt that says “Low Key, No Pressure.”

I went to eat at the Garden Café on Deck 12 then waited on the Pool Deck for Paramore to take the stage. Paramore performed at 8:00PM once the boat was out at sea.

Here is the setlist:

1. Looking Up

2. That’s What You Get

3. Ignorance

4. Daydreaming

5. Fake Happy

6. Pressure

7. Here We Go Again

8. Brighter

9. Let The Flames Begin

10. Last Hope

11. Hate To See Your Heart Break

12. Brick By Boring Brick

13. (One Of Those) Crazy Girls

14. Misery Business

15. Turn It Off

16. Grow Up

17. Told You So

18. Rose Colored Boy

During my time on the boat, there were a variety of performers and activites to get involved in. I saw the comedy show, Local Natives, Judah And The Lion, MewithoutYou, and Halfnoise perform at different times on the cruise. At the end of Local Natives set, I asked for a drumstick and setlist from members of the group and crew and I got them!

In addition to the concerts, I played bingo, tanned, played shuffleboard, visited the casino, and more. Paramore performed a mini-acoustic set while on board, and there were no cameras, videos, or audio recordings allowed of the small set. Here is what was performed at the mini-set I attended.

  1. Passionfruit (Drake Cover)
  2. Caught In The Middle
  3. Misguided Ghosts

When I went to the Bahamas, I visited Blue Lagoon Island and hung out on the private island with fellow Parahoy cruisers. The weather on the entire trip was in the 80s and sunny. When leaving the Bahamas, there was a sun shower but it cleared as Paramore took the stage.

Here is Paramore’s second set:

1. Pool

2. Crushcrushcrush x beat it mash up

3. Still Into You

4. Forgiveness

5. I Caught Myself

6. Decode

7. Never Let This Go

8. GRUDGES *FIRST TIME TO PLAY*

9. When It Rains

10. Playing God

11. Idle Worship

12. No Friend (with Aaron Weiss of MewithoutYou on stage)

13. Careful

14. Caught In The Middle

15. Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac Cover)

16. Ain’t It Fun

17. 26

18. Hard Times

Paramore had activies they were part of. One of the most memorable experiences was when Paramore had a Question and Answers session. During Paramore’s Q&A session, everyone on the cruise was informed that Paramore’s song “Hard Times” has been certified gold. Hayley Williams, Taylor York, and Zac Farro were blown away when we were all informed. It was an amazing moment I was able to share with Paramore.

While on the cruise, I met a variety of individuals including: members of mewithoutYou, Local Natives, and Brian O’ Connor, Hayley’s hairstylist/ business partner/ friend.

The biggest takeaway of the cruise is being patient. Often times, you have to wait on line (to get on and off the boat, waiting for merch, waiting to get food, etc.) In addition, it’s important to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen.

I would highly recommend a Parahoy cruise or a cruise with a band you like. It’s such a unique experience to go on a cruise and in addition hear live music everyday from bands you know or learn to know. This was my third Parahoy cruise, and each cruise was different from the last. Each cruise the boat would take us to a different location. I got to see different bands perform and discover new music. Each cruise was memorable with performances and personal memories. Each cruise had a different lineup with some joining Paramore on the voyage again. The lineups each cruise was awesome.

If you are interested in learning more about other cruises Norwegian and Sixthman has with bands, learn more on their website https://www.sixthman.net/.

In other news, Beartooh released a statement that Taylor Lumley left Beartooth, Sorority Noise dropped from The Wonder Years tour, Movements dropped from an Australia tour with Moose Blood, Paramore announced an additional support for Tour 5, and Breaking Benjamin released Ember.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria