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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New Music (and Music Video) Friday!

Here are some new music and music videos you may have missed this week:

  • Sleep On It released a new single “Disconnected.” More information on the song and new music from Sleep On It can be found here.
  • Taking Back Sunday announced a new album Twenty is set to release January 11, 2019. In addition to the album announcement, Taking Back Sunday will be going on a world tour in honor of being a group for 20 years. Tour information and more information on Taking Back Sunday’s album can be found on www.takingbacksunday.com.

Taking Back Sunday tweeted me stating there will be a leg 2 to the tour (see the tweet here.)

  • CHVRCHES released the music video for “Graffiti.” The song is on CHVRCHES latest album Love Is Dead.
  • Weezer released the music video for “Can’t Knock The Hustle” which features Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy.

Additional new album releases include: Anon. by Hands Like Houses, New Levels New Devils by Polyphia, Mirror Master by Young The Giant.

In other news, Panic! At The Disco won Favorite Alternative Artist at the American Music Awards and Neck Deep’s cover of “Torn” has over 1 million views!

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

New Albums From WSTR & Vinyl Theatre

WSTR released a new album Identity Crisis via. Hopeless Records on Aug. 31, 2018.

The singles released prior to the album include “Bad To The Bone,” “Crisis,” and “Silly Me.” Here is the track list.

1. Tell Me More
2. Crisis
3. Bad To The Bone
4. Promiscuous
5. The Latest
6. Silly Me
7. Fling
8. Hide Everything Sharp
9. See You In Hell
10. Ashtray
11. Riddle Me This

WSTR will be opening for Neck Deep for “The Peace And The Panic Tour 2” across the United States in the months of September and October. WSTR will also co-headline a tour across the United States with PVMNTS. For tickets and tour information click here.


Vinyl Theatre released Starcruiser via. Outerwave Records on Aug. 31, 2018.

The album has an 11 song track list including “Feel It All” and “Masterpiece.”

  1. Our Song
  2. Feel It All
  3. Knock Knock
  4. We Make The Music
  5. Don’t Worry
  6. Never Thought This Would Happen
  7. Vandals
  8. Masterpiece
  9.  Hold Me Down
  10. Done With These Days
  11. Dream of Me

In other news, Panic! At The Disco released the music video for “High Hopes,” The 1975 released the music video for “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME,” Broadside and With Confidence announced a co-headliner called “Love And Loathing in Paradise” tour. It travels across the United States (tickets and tour information can be found here.)

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

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