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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ICYMI: Music Edition

There has been A LOT of new music released on June 15, here’s a list of music that released yesterday that you may have missed.

  • This Wild Life’s new single “Headfirst” via. Epitaph Records. This single will be on the pop punk duo’s upcoming album Petaluma which releases June 22, 2018.
  • Anarbor’s new single “Mia” via. ELVN ELVN RCRDS.
  • Movements’ new music video for the song “Third Degree.” This track was on the album Feel Something which released October 20, 2017 via. Fearless Records.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

New Tuesday Tunes!

Mayday Parade released the single “Stay The Same” exclusively through Kerrang.

This is the fourth single Mayday Parade has released before the upcoming album Sunnyland via. Rise Records. The album is set to release June 15 and includes singles: “Stay The Same,” “Piece Of Your Heart,” “Never Sure,” and “It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning.

Catch Mayday Parade all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour!


Homesafe released a new single “Stay Away.”

“Stay Away” will be featured on the group’s first full length album One set to release June 29 via. Pure Noise Records. The singles on the album include: “Stay Away,” “Run,” and “Vanilla- Scented Laser Beams.”

Homesafe will be on it’s first headline tour across the United States with Jetty Bones, Hot Mulligan, and Heart Attack Man. Tickets and tour information can be found on homesafeil.com.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

7 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

There have been a variety of new singles released from bands. Here’s a list of singles that released this week and information on the group’s upcoming albums.

Mayday Parade released the single “It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning.” This is the third single from the group’s upcoming album Sunnyland set to release June 15, 2018 via. Rise Records. The group released the music video with Billboard.

This Wild Life released a new single “Catie Rae.” The single is on the upcoming album Petaluma set to release June 22, 2018 via. Epitaph Records. Learn more about the group’s latest single on my blog post.

Vacationer released the single “Strawberry Blonde.” The single is on the upcoming album  Mindset set to release June 22, 2018.

Oh, Weatherly released “Here Tonight” off the upcoming album Lips Like Oxygen set to release July 27, 2018 via. Hopeless Records.

Trophy Eyes released its first single “You Can Count On Me.” The single will be on the group’s upcoming album The American Dream set to release August 3, 2018 via. Hopeless Records.

Good Charolette released a new single called “Actual Pain.” The single will be featured on the group’s upcoming album Generation Rx set to release September 14.

DREAMERS released the single “Screws.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

ICYMI: May Edition

Between music videos to brand new music, a variety of bands have released a lot this week. Here is a recap of things you may have missed this week.

  • Broadside released a music video for “Summer Stained.” The video showcases memories fans have made with the group.
  • Against The Current released a music video for its latest single “Strangers Again.”
  • Mayday Parade released a lyric video for the group’s latest single “Never Sure.” Both “Piece Of Your Heart” and “Never Sure” will be featured on the group’s upcoming album Sunnyland set to release June 15 via. Rise Records.
  • Save Face released its second single off of Merci “Heartache.” Merci is set to release July 13 via. Epitaph Records.
  • Trash Boat released the single “Shade.” The song will be on the upcoming album Crown Shyness set to release July 20 via. Hopeless Records. Read more about the single here.
  • As It Is released the single “The Wounded World.” The single will be one of 12 on The Great Depression set to release August 10 via. Fearless Records. Check out my blog post about the new single here.

Other things you may have missed include: CHVRCHES performed “Miracle” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (see the performance here.) Bullet For My Valentine released a third single “Letting You Go,” I Prevail released a music video for “Rise.” In addition Neck Deep announcing “The Peace And The Panic USA Tour 2” and Dashboard Confessional releasing information on the tour “The Summer Ever After Tour” which will feature All Time Low and Gnash. More information on those tours can be found here.

Rock on, stay humble, and be positive!

-ovictoria

*Want new bands to listen to? Check out my list of 18 Bands To Check Out In 2018