Concert Reviews: Mayday Parade and State Champs in New York

Last week I saw Mayday Parade live in New York City at Webster Hall, again in Long Island at The Paramount on Thursday, and Friday I saw State Champs in New York City at Irving Plaza. Since After Laughter released, I figured the best way to break down the concerts was in a separate blog post.

I saw Mayday Parade perform on May 9 at Webster Hall in New York City on their “A Lesson In Romantics 10th Anniversary Tour.” Accompanying Mayday Parade on this tour were Knuckle Puck and Milestones. This was my seventh time seeing Mayday Parade.

Prior to the show, I got the chance to meet Mayday Parade for the fourth time. I try to buy my tickets during pre-sale to get the experience of meeting a band. I was able to buy meet and greet tickets for my brother and myself. I bought the meet and greet tickets and brought my mother and brother with me to meet Derek Sanders, Brooks Betts, Alex Garcia, Jeremy Lenzo, and Jake Bundrick.

When meeting Mayday Parade, I got a photo of them signed as well as my sweatshirt of Mayday Parade when they had a sweater with Glamour Kills for the Glamour Kills Tour in 2013. This is what the sweater looks like. I had that sweater since it was released then and got it signed by the guys in Mayday Parade. I also got the chance to have a mini interview with Jeremy, Brooks, Alex, and Derek. I wanted to ask Jake a few questions, but he was sick with the flu.

After the meet and greet, I waited for Milestones and Knuckle Puck to perform. I heard of Milestones prior to the show. Milestones had good instrumentals when performing. The vocals and tone of the singer’s voice was okay but blended as the set progressed. Overall the band’s vibe was okay, but needed a bit more of a command on stage to interact with the people at the show. I’d like to listen to Milestones outside of seeing them to see if they sound different live. They’re a group that was pretty good overall, and I’d like to see again. The other opener was Knuckle Puck. I saw Knuckle Puck a few times open for The Maine and State Champs. Knuckle Puck has also been to Warped Tour, and I’ve seen their set. I knew what to expect from Knuckle Puck: circle pits, energetic vibes from everyone in the group, and a crowd whose angst was showing. Knuckle Puck stopped performing and said that it wasn’t cool to punch each other when we’re all there to enjoy the music, which is true. Overall, the opening groups got me ready for Mayday Parade.

Here is Mayday Parade’s setlist:

  1. Jamie All Over
  2. Black Cat
  3. When I Get Home, You’re So Dead
  4. Jersey
  5. If You Wanted A Song Written About You, All You Had To Do Was Ask
  6. Miserable At Best
  7. Walk On Water or Drown
  8. Ocean And Atlantic
  9. I’d Hate To Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About
  10. Take This To Heart
  11. Champagne’s For Celebrating (I’ll Have A Martini)
  12. You Be The Anchor That Keeps My Feet On The Ground, I’ll Be The Wings That Keep Your Heart In The Clouds
  13. Redemption Song (Bob Marley Cover)
  14. Terrible Things
  15. Three Cheers For Five Years
  16. When You See My Friends
  17. Lets Be Honest
  18. Kids In Love
  19. Oh Well, Oh Well

As usual, Mayday Parade’s songs electrified the venues I saw them at, everyone was screaming the lyrics to every word off of A Lesson In Romantics, and Mayday Parade can connect with their fans using emotional ballads like “Terrible Things,” “Miserable At Best,” and “Three Cheers For Five Years.” I saw Mayday Parade perform again on May 11 and was only able to see Mayday Parade’s set because I was babysitting. The setlist remained the same.

I saw State Champs perform on May 12 at Irving Plaza on their spring tour. The bands that opened for State Champs were: Against The Current, With Confidence, and Don Broco. This was my fourth time seeing State Champs. Since I drove into the city, I unfortunately missed Don Broco and With Confidence’s setlist. I was able to see Against The Current, which overall had the crowd ready for State Champs. The people at Irving Plaza were either loving Against The Current or were ready to see State Champs. I think that Against The Current had a PVRIS, Tonight Alive, and Paramore type of vibe just by the way the music sounded/ the singer, Chrissy Constanza, presence on the stage.

After Against The Current was State Champs. State Champs took the stage with the crowd screaming and crowd surfing to each song.


Here is State Champs setlist:

  1. Remedy
  2. Losing Myself
  3. Shape Up
  4. Eyes Closed
  5. Simple Existence
  6. Slow Burn
  7. Deadly Conversation
  8. All Or Nothing
  9. Stick Around
  10. Around The World And Back
  11. All You Are Is History
  12. Hard To Please
  13. Easy Enough
  14. Mind Bottled
  15. Breaking Ground
  16. Tooth And Nail
  17. Elevated
  18. Secrets *ENCORE*

I highly recommend seeing all of these bands live, especially the headlining bands State Champs and Mayday Parade. Every band I saw last week took the stage and dominated their performance. All three of those shows were sold out, and the crowd was ready for each group.

In other news, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness released the music video for “So Close,” COIN released the music video for “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” Chris Cornell of Soundgarden passed away at 52, Linkin Park released One More Night which features “Heavy,”  “Invisible,” and “Battle Symphony.” Silverstein announced a new album, Dead Reflection and released a new song “Retrograde.” Misterwives announced a tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here), PVRIS announced a tour in the UK (Tickets and tour information can be found here), and Paramore announced a second addition to their tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here).

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Review: “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu” by The Maine

The Maine’s upcoming album Lovely, Little, Lonely will be released in about a month, but the group released a new single off of the album. “Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu” is the second single released by The Maine, the first being “Bad Behavior.”

This will be The Maine’s sixth full length album they are going to release. The group has several EPs but keeps up with creating new content and touring. Their last album was released in 2015, American Candy. The Maine is a rock group from Tempe, Arizona. The group has been together for 10 years.

“Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu” has a range of paces throughout the song. The guitars are prominent in this song over “Bad Behavior” which is nice to hear. I really enjoyed the fact that this song has more of a story within the lyrics as well. I like the fact the lyrics for this track were written similar to how John O’ Callaghan would write poetry. He’s a simple type of writer but gives depth and meaning. The two singles make me curious about what else is in store for the album.

I can’t wait for the record Lovely, Little, Lonely on April 7. I’ve been a huge fan of The Maine since their album Can’t Stop Won’t Stop and I’m excited to see what else is in store for the new album. The Maine also is fantastic live. I’ve seen them live four times, and I’m seeing them again in NYC on April 27.

The Maine had the 8123 fest in January, and after the album releases will tour around the world. Tickets and tour information can be found on their website. Also, if you wanted to see the process the band went through for this album, you can watch their docu-series on YouTube. I wrote a blog post about their series that can be found here.

In other news, Pierce The Veil and Sum 41 will be touring together across the United States, and Linkin Park performed “Heavy” featuring Kiiara on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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Album Update: “Zombies On Broadway” By Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness is an alternative music group that formed in 2014. The lead singer, Andrew McMahon, was previously the frontman of Jack’s Mannequin. This is Andrew McMahon’s second full length album released solo. On Feb. 10, 2017, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness released Zombies On Broadway via. Vanguard Records.

Here is their track list:

  1. Zombies Intro
  2. Brooklyn, You’re Killing Me
  3. So Close
  4. Don’t Speak for Me (True)
  5. Fire Escape
  6. Dead Man’s Dollar
  7. Shot Out Of a Cannon
  8. Walking In My Sleep
  9. Island Radio
  10. Love and Great Buildings
  11. Birthday Song

There were five singles released, “Fire Escape,” “Brooklyn, You’re Killing Me,” “Walking in My Sleep,” “Don’t Speak To Me (True),” and “So Close.” This album is more pop than rock, but overall I enjoyed the album. I like the fact Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness has a pop and whimsical vibe that allows a listener to dance around singing their lyrics. I saw Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness open for Panic! At The Disco and Weezer in June of 2016, and I was pleasantly surprised on how great Andrew McMahon was live. He was very whimsical and his vocals were top notch. If you haven’t heard any of the songs off of Zombies On Broadway, I recommend you should.

Here are some other new stuff going on in music:

  • Rag’n’Bone Man released Human on Feb. 10 via. Sony Music Entertainment. Here is the track list:
    1. Human
    2. Innocent Man
    3. Skin
    4. Bitter End
    5. Be The Man
    6. Love You Any Less
    7. Odetta
    8. Grace
    9. Ego
    10. Arrow
    11. As You Are
    12. Die Easy
  • Relient K released a 3 song EP titled Truly Madly Deeply. Here is the track list:
    1. Candy Hearts
    2. Happy Valentimes
    3. BMI Valentine (Acoustic)
  • The Rocket Summer stripped down “FL, CA” and a video was released via. YouTube.
  • All Time Low has a new song that came out today,”Dirty Laundry.” All Time Low announced they signed to Fueled By Ramen. Here is the official statement the group made.
  • Linkin Park released album artwork for their upcoming album, released the song “Heavy” and informed fans that there are bundles on their website.
  • Twenty One Pilots won a Grammy for “Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance.” Also, Twenty One Pilots released one of five videos documenting their days on tour. You can watch chapter 1 of 5 here.
  • Cage The Elephant won a Grammy for “Best Rock Album.”
  • Ben Barlow’s instagram revealed that they were getting started this week on the new album.
  • Knuckle Puck released a photo via. Instagram on Valentine’s Day telling fans that they were getting started on their upcoming album.
  • PVRIS finished recording their upcoming album. PVRIS will be touring over the summer with 30 Seconds To Mars and Muse.
  • Stages & Stereos released two new songs on Valentine’s Day, “Remember You” and “Co-Dependent.”
  • Members of Major League (Brian Joyce and Matt Chila) and a member from A Loss For Words (Mikey Adams) formed a new band Commūnion, and released a new single “Blow.”
  • Moose Blood will be touring the United States in the next few months. Tickets and tour information is found on their website.
  • Day Wave will be touring across North America in the summer. Tickets and tour information can be found here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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