Concert Reviews: Mayday Parade and State Champs in NYC

I wanted to dedicate a blog post to Paramore’s album After Laughter and a post for my concert reviews. Here are my concert reviews for Mayday Parade and State Champs.

I saw Mayday Parade perform in New York City on May 9 at Webster Hall for their “A Lesson In Romantics 10 year Anniversary Tour.” Knuckle Puck and Milestones were the opening bands.

Mayday Parade in Webster Hall NYC
Prior to the show, I met Mayday Parade and talked with them about their future plans since they are not going to be at Warped Tour. All of the guys said that they were going to begin writing for the upcoming album. There is no word yet what is expected on the album.

I’ve heard of Milestones and was excited to hear their set. This is my overview of their performance: the vocals were average sounding with tone and pitch, the instrumentals were pretty good. I think that Milestones could’ve engaged a bit more with the listeners, but I would definitely see them again after hearing their music outside of a concert setting.

Knuckle Puck was the other opening band. I’ve seen Knuckle Puck open for The Maine and State Champs. I saw Knuckle Puck’s setlist at Warped Tour and was ready to see them. Knuckle Puck know how to engage with the audience with creating circle pits, crowd surfers, and a room full of angst. Before “Gold Rush,” a person punched another person. Joe Taylor, lead singer of Knuckle Puck, stopped the song just to tell the person who punched the other person that it wasn’t okay to do that. He explained that people come to enjoy the music and not to fight.

After Knuckle Puck and moments of waiting, Mayday Parade took the stage. As per usual, the guys in Mayday Parade did not disappoint with their song choices and performance. Here is their 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

I saw Mayday Parade perform again on May 11 at The Paramount in Long Island, NY at The Paramount. The setlist were the same.


I saw State Champs perform for their spring tour. Accompanying the band was Against The Current, Don Broco, and With Confidence. I went to see State Champs on May 12 in Irving Plaza, NYC. I was unfortunately late and missed Don Broco and With Confidence. I got in to see Against the Current and State Champs. Against the Current had a vibe like Tonight Alive, PVRIS and Paramore all in one. Chrissy Constanzo has a similar stage presence to Jenna McDougall and Hayley Williams. Against the Current got the crowd engaged, which got met excited to see State Champs.


After waiting patiently, State Champs began their set. I saw State Champs a few times at Warped Tour and headlining the AP World Tour, and I was excited to see them again. Here is their 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. Perfect Score
  14. Easy Enough
  15. Mind Bottled
  16. Breaking Ground
  17. Tooth And Nail
  18. Elevated
  19. Critical *ENCORE*
  20. Secrets *ENCORE*

I highly recommend seeing at least one of these bands live, especially State Champs and Mayday Parade. In other news, PVRIS announced a UK Tour (tickets and tour information can be found here,) Misterwives announced a tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here,) Paramore announced a second tour across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here.)  Linkin Park released One More Light today, Silverstein released a new song “Retrograde” off of their upcoming album Dead Reflection.  Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness released a music video for their song “So Close,” COIN released the music video for their song “I Don’t Wanna Dance,” and All Time Low released the single “Nice2KnoU.”

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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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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