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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Prepare Yourself For Vans Warped Tour!

The 2018 Vans Warped Tour began on June 21, 2018 in Pomona, CA, and the best way to get prepared for the Vans Warped Tour for your date is to figure out what to expect.

If you want to learn more about what to prepare for, check out:

Vans Warped Tour Survival Guide

What To Pack For Warped Tour Featuring ICYMI

If you want a review of my experience at the Vans Warped Tour in years passed:

Vans Warped Tour 2016 @ Long Island, NY

Concert Review: Vans Warped Tour 2017

If you want to know what the lineup of Vans Warped Tour includes check out: Vans Warped Tour 2018 Lineup Announced!

For tickets and tour information check out vanswarpedtour.com. I will be posting a review of my experience at Vans Warped Tour in the upcoming weeks.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Concert Review: Neck Deep at Playstation Theater

Neck Deep has embarked on “The Peace And The Panic Tour” and played at Playstation Theater in New York City on February 2, 2018. Accompanying Neck Deep on tour were Speak Low If You Speak Love, Creeper, and Seaway.

Prior to the show, I had purchased the meet and greet package and arrived to the venue at 3:15pm. The amount of people at the meet and greet were 200 people. The meet and greet package included a Neck Deep “soundcheck club” patch and The Peace and The Panic CD.

In addition to the patch and CD, I took a photo and sat through a small set. Neck Deep’s set of songs were small and not performed that night. Here is the set:

  1. Threat Level Midnight
  2. Losing Teeth
  3. Serpents

After each song, Neck Deep would take a variety of questions from fans. Neck Deep discussed the album art, the group’s name, games they’re into, and more. After the Q & A session, everyone lined up and took a picture with Neck Deep.

When I walked up to the group, I said hi and asked Dani what his favorite song was off The Peace And The Panic and he said his favorite was “In Bloom.” I took a photo with the guys and asked if anyone had guitar pick. Fil gave me his guitar pick. Here is my picture with Neck Deep.

The doors opened at 6pm and the concert started at 7pm. Each opener performed a 30 minute set. The first band to take the stage was Speak Low If You Speak Love. Speak Low If You Speak Love is a solo project created by bassist/ backup vocalist of State Champs, Ryan Scott Graham.

After Speak Low If You Speak Love, Creeper took the stage. Following Creeper, Seaway took the stage. I have not seen any of the opening bands in concert before, but I enjoyed Speak Low If You Speak Love and Seaway.

Neck Deep took the stage opening with “Happy Judgement Day” and the crowd went wild. Here is the setlist:

  1. Happy Judgement Day
  2. Lime St.
  3. Gold Steps
  4. Motion Sickness
  5. What Did You Expect?
  6. Kali Ma
  7. Rock Bottom
  8. Citizens Of Earth
  9. Don’t Wait
  10. Parachute
  11. In Bloom
  12. December
  13. Head to the Ground
  14. Wish You Were Here
  15. A Part Of Me
  16. Can’t Kick Up The Roots * ENCORE*
  17. Where Do We Go When We Go *ENCORE*

The cool thing about Neck Deep’s set is that the song “Don’t Wait” featured the vocalist of Seaway and “A Part Of Me” featured the female vocalist of Creeper. It was unique having the other bands involved in the set.

I’ve seen Neck Deep perform 3 times prior to the show, and this crowd was the rowdiest I’ve seen. I saw Neck Deep with State Champs, Knuckle Puck, and Like Pacific at Webster Hall, but the crowd didn’t compare to this one. Neck Deep is a band that is equally as great live and their are on an album. If you have yet to see Neck Deep or listen to the group’s music, I highly recommend doing both.

In other news, Too Close To Touch released a new song “Burn,” Weezer stated a new album will be in the works, and The Wonder Years is teasing new music.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

Concert Review: Taking Back Sunday @ Starland Ballroom, NJ

Taking Back Sunday is a rock band from Long Island, NY. I attended Taking Back Sunday’s Fourth Annual Holiday Spectacular at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. The bands supporting Taking Back Sunday at the show were: Modern Chemistry and The Maine.

Prior to the concert, I attended Taking Back Sunday’s pop-up shop inside the venue and saw Adam Lazzara and John Nolan perform an acoustic set with songs of their own and holiday music. Here is the pop-up show’s setlist:

  1. Jingle Bell Rock
  2. Faith (When I Let You Down)
  3. Please Come Home For Christmas
  4. Tidal Wave
  5. Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart
  6. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch

In between the songs, there was a lot of back and forth conversation between Lazzara and Nolan. It felt more like I was hanging out during a jam session over it feeling like just aquick set and leaving. It was nice that local crafters were inside the venue during the pop-up shop.

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After waiting a few hours in between, I went back to Starland Ballroom to see Modern Chemistry perform. Modern Chemistry has awesome instrumentals, and I had the same thought last time I saw the group open for Mayday Parade back on the “Tales Told By Dead Friends 10th Anniversary Tour.” I have to look into their music further.

There was a short intermission, and the crowd began piling in. I’ve seen The Maine a variety of times including the Modern Nostalgia Tour last month (my experience was further written about here.) The Maine took the stage next playing some old and new hits. Here is The Maine’s setlist:

  1. Happy
  2. Bad Behavior
  3. My Heroine
  4. Like We Did (Windows Down)
  5. Run
  6. Am I Pretty?
  7. Girls Do What They Want
  8. Diet Soda Society
  9. Lovely
  10. Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu

After The Maine performed and a short intermission, Taking Back Sunday too the stage. I’ve never seen Taking Back Sunday perform, and it will not be my last.

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Taking Back Sunday has an awesome stage presence and sounds as great as they would on an album. The crowd went wild over old and new favorites. Here is Taking Back Sunday’s setlist:

  1. You Know How I Do
  2. Tidal Wave
  3. Set Phasers To Stun
  4. Error: Operator
  5. You Can’t Look Back
  6. Timberwolves at New Jersey
  7. You Got Me
  8. Flicker, Fade
  9. Death Wolf
  10. You’re So Last Summer
  11. My Blue Heaven
  12. All Excess
  13. Liar (It Takes One To Know One)
  14. A Decade Under The Influence
  15. Everything Must Go
  16. What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?
  17. Spin
  18. Cute Without The ‘E’
  19. She (Green Day Cover)
  20. Call Me In The Morning
  21. MakeDamnSure

I was hoping the group would’ve played “Slowdance On The Inside” and “Ghost Man On Third,” but I enjoyed Taking Back Sunday’s set. The energy of the venue was high, and Taking Back Sunday had an excellent lineup and performed excellent. I highly recommend you check out Taking Back Sunday if you have yet to.

Wishing you, my reader, and your loved ones happy holidays. Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

What To Pack For Warped Tour Featuring ICYMI

Since I recently attended Vans Warped Tour a few days ago, I thought making a post about things that you can carry and bring with you would be important for anyone who doesn’t know what to bring. Here is a list of things that I packed with me for Warped Tour.

Before Warped Tour, here are the essentials I need to bring with me…

  • Sunscreen
  • Sharpie- You never know who you’re going to meet
  • Bottle of water- Vans Warped Tour allows an attendee to bring in 1 sealed bottle of water
  • Hat
  • Portable Charger
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack
  • Band Aids
  • Ticket

After Warped Tour, including the variety of things I brought with me, I bought a few extra things and received free things as well. Here is the list of other things I received that day.

  • The Gospel Youth’s Always Lose signed
  • Dead Reflection by Silverstein
  • Shirt from Hope For The Day’s tent that they collaborated with Real Friends.
  • Hope For The Day Sticker
  • Flag from Movements tent that the band signed during their signing.
  • My signed Warped ticket by Too Close To Touch
  • Small fan that pluged into my phone
  • Backpack from Barnes & Noble (Not available)
  • “Animals Are Not Ours” pamphlet that is handed out annually at Warped Tour
  • Fossil Wallet
  • Sunscreen from CVS
  • Core water bottle
  • Portable charger (purchased at Marshall’s)
  • Essential dachshund bag that held the portable charger
  • Band Aids
  • List of Vans Warped Tour Dates received day of (and information of the rest of the dates can be found here.)
  • Car keys

Here is a picture of some of the things I had with me at the end of Warped Tour.


I had a great time at this year’s Vans Warped Tour. When the lineup was announced in March, I was hoping for a few more bands I knew that were performing. From March until Warped Tour in July, I learned a lot about bands and had a great time. For more information about what happened during Warped Tour, check out my previous blog post and my Instagram @ovictoriamedia.

In other news…

New Albums

There were a variety of albums that came out today including: Always Lose by The Gospel Youth, Dead Reflection by Silverstein, Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7, For The Night To Control by Electric Century, The Fear by Night Argent, Stealing The Covers Teenage Bottle Rocket, the deluxe edition of The Hunna’s alvum 100, and Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume by Integrity.

New Songs

There are new songs out by Stages & Stereos (“We’re Fvcked, Boys”) , Sleeping With Sirens (“Legends”) and Neck Deep (“Motion Sickness”). New albums are expected by Circa Survive and Sleeping With Sirens in the coming months (more albums to be released can be found in a blog post I wrote).

Upcoming Tour/ Signed Record Label

COIN announced a part two to their previous tour for How Will You Know If You Never Try across the United States. In addition, Rise Records signed MAKEOUT to their record label.

I want to welcome back The Dangerous Summer back into the music scene. The band teased two videos on their social media sayin “Hello” and “Tomorrow” and revealed the group is back together and is working on a new album which will be releasing in 2018.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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