Mayday Parade experimented with their sound once again when they went to work on their most recent album “Black Lines” and it worked like a charm. The tracks on the record are heavier than anything the band has done before and the songs in a way were made to be performed live.
The idea behind the record was to just go out and make something that they liked. The premise was simple and the result was another brilliant album. The band has been part of the music fraternity for a decade now and they are still breaking new ground with their music. They will be on the road soon -if you are looking for tickets then get your Mayday Parade tickets here.
The Early Days
It was the winter of 2005 when two famous Tallahassee based bands merged to form Mayday Parade. Those two groups were Defining Moment and Kid Named Chicago. Jeremy Lenzo, Brook Betts and Derek Sanders were part of Defining Moment. Jake Bundrick, Alex Garcia and Jason Lancaster were with Kid Named Chicago. Both groups used the same building as their practice turf and it was Lenzo who came up with the idea of combining the two.
Interestingly enough, they still hadn’t decided what the new band would be called when they hit the studio to work on their debut EP “Tales Told by Dead Friends.” They spent a week recording the record and it was during that time that they agreed on Mayday Parade as the band’s name.
Tales Told by Dead Friends came out on June 13, 2006 and received a lukewarm response from the critics. Mayday Parade followed the EP’s release by hitting the road for a US tour with Melee and Brandtson. Next, they went on another road trip with Plain White T’s. Those two tours taught them a lot about performing live together.
The Debut Album
Mayday Parade decided that the time had come for them to release their first studio album. The record was titled “A Lesson in Romantics” but before it could hit the stores, Jason Lancaster decided to leave the band. The record came out on July 11, 2007 and it resonated with the critics. It made it to Rock Sound’s 2014 list of the 51 Most Essential Pop Punk Albums of All Time and also received four and a half marks out of five from Sputnikmusic.
The record also went on to peak at the eighth spot on the U.S. Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and at the thirty first position on the U.S. Billboard Independent Albums chart. To promote A Lesson in Romantics, Mayday Parade also went on the Vans Warped Tour of 2007. They also toured with the likes of The Maine and All Time Low.
More Success Comes Calling
Mayday Parade then went to work on their next album and it was their first record without Lancaster as part of the line-up. “Anywhere but Here” was released on October 6, 2009. It received three stars out of five from Melodic and a seven out of ten rating from Rock Sound. The album also went as high as the thirty first spot on the Billboard 200 and to eighth spot on the U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums chart. Anywhere but Here also peaked at the twelfth position on both the Billboard Digital Albums and the Top Rock Albums charts.
Mayday Parade then went on to co-headline the Fall Ball Tour in 2009 and the Take Action Tour the next year. They were also part of the Vans Warped Tour of 2010. Mayday Parade released an EP titled “Valdosta” in 2011. They had spent quite a lot of time on the road up to that point and Songkick called them the hardest working bands of the year. In total they performed one hundred and ninety four shows and logged in a whopping seventy four thousand miles during 2010.
The Self-Titled Album and Monsters in the Closet
Mayday Parade hit the studios to work on their next album “Mayday Parade.” It was released on October 4, 2011 and went to the twelfth position on the US Billboard 200 on its debut. It peaked at the second spot on the Billboard Independent Albums and the Billboard Tastemaker Albums charts. The album also went to the fourth spot on the Billboard Alternative Albums and to the sixth spot on the Billboard Digital Albums charts.
Mayday Parade received quite a lot of acclaim from the critics as well. AllMusic gave it three stars out of five while it received four and a half stars out of five from Alter the Press! Over at Sputnikmusic, it received a four out of five rating.
Mayday Parade did not waste a lot of time and hit the studios to work on their next record “Monsters in the Closet.” It hit the music stores on October 8, 2013 and went on to sell thirty thousand copies in the first week alone. The album also peaked at the tenth spot on the Billboard 200, at the fourth sport on the Billboard Alternative Albums and at the second spot on the Billboard Independent Albums.
Mayday Parade’s most recent studio album “Black Lines” came out in 2015. This was an album that was a deliberate effort on the band’s part to try something different. Derek Sanders said this in an interview recently:
“We feel like the reason we made ‘Black Lines’ the way we did was because we decided ‘let’s just go and truly make the album that we want to make’.”
Black Lines was released on October 9, 2015 and peaked at the top spot on the US Top Rock Albums chart. It also went to the twenty first position on the US Billboard 200 and to the ninth position on the UK Rock & Metal Albums chart.
Mayday Parade Tour Tickets
Mayday Parade are incredible live performers and the fans recognize that. The number of Mayday Parade tour tickets that are sold every time they go on the road is a testament to how highly they are rated. Keeping in mind their history, it will not be too long before they hit the road once again. All you have to do is be ready when that happens.