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Mayday Parade steps up its game with an eponymous third studio album that surpasses its critically acclaimed debut LP, A Lesson in Romantics. Where the band’s sophomore album featured outside songwriters, this time it insisted on crafting its own tunes and keeping the overall sound organic and live. “Oh Well, Oh Well” opens as lonely piano notes and strings play under Derek Sanders’ heartbroken inflections; then a hi-hat countoff detonates the song into a snarling, rocking emo epic. “No Heroes Allowed” follows, boasting one of the album’s best guitar solos and dynamically doubled vocals. Although guitarist/backing vocalist Jason Lancaster left the band for personal reasons following its first album, vestiges of his guitar and singing style haunt the standout power ballad “When You See My Friends.” The heartfelt “Happy Endings Are Stories That Haven't Ended Yet” closes with old-school emo balladry. Intimate acoustic versions of “When You See My Friends” and “Oh Well, Oh Well” are bonus tracks.

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This album is completely amazing, I'd recommend it to everyone. I love how with each albu myou hear mayday parade grow and grow and this is just another sign of it. I know a lot of people say they aren't the same without Jason but I think they've developed and achieved without him in the greatest manner. I'm proud of them and this will most definately be on repeat for me for a long time.

Excellent As Usual

First of all, the four star rating is based on a few listens to the album today and will probably change when I hear it some more- again. The album takes a few listens to get into, which is good. Because the day Mayday Parade bring out an album thats instantly likeable, will be the day Mayday Parade have forgotten their amazing style of music and brought out a cheesy pop album. But luckily, this album is just Mayday Parade through and through, as fans can probably tell by the self titled album and return of the 'Red Umbrella Man', which I love btw. Although MP have stayed true to themselves in all four albums, each has been slightly different, and this just says what they're all about. It's full of great rifts, duel vocals (could still use some more of those though!) and fantastically written lyrics. Whilst I don't think it will quite match A Lesson In Romantics, as that was my favourite album ever, it will certainly keep MP as my favourite band until their next release and shows that unlike some other Alternative bands they're doing their own music and not going mainstream (thank god, as Anywhere But Here was heading in that direction). If your a Mayday Parade fan, buy this album, give it a good few listens and I'm sure you'll love it. If your new to the band, buy ALIR, then get the others and finally this one :) For me, once again it's a solid album throughout- as always- but if I had to pick a few favourites that may help you get started to get into the album they would be Oh Well, Oh Well (fantastic song), No Hero's Allowed (love the guitar rift), When You See My Friends (great lyrics, another fantastic song), Everything's an Illusion (lyrics + Duel Vocals!)- although writing my favourites I suddenly realised how much I like all the songs :L Priceless (just sounds like pure MP), Happy Endings Are Just Stories That Haven't Ended Yet (quite a beautiful song) and You're Dead Wrong all amazing too :) Overall another fantastic album by easily the stand out band of their genre: buy it now, and this will probably be a 5* rating by tomorrow :)

Mayday Parade

Not a bad album. Looked forward to this after a lesson in romantics and anywhere but here. Not too bad, but I didn't really find any of the songs catchy. But as is the way with mayday parade, if I listen to the songs more, they get better and better. Get this if you were a fan of the previous two albums. If you haven't heard the other albums, I prefer them. Best song, was definitely oh well, oh well.


Formed: 2005 in Tallahassee, FL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Mayday Parade arose from the merger of two popular Tallahassee local bands, Kid Named Chicago and Defining Moment, whose combination helped the emo pop unit amass a quick buzz around its hometown scene. The sextet was initially comprised of vocalist Derek Sanders, vocalist/guitarist Jason Lancaster, bassist/vocalist Jeremy Lenzo, drummer Jake Bundrick, and guitarists Alex Garcia and Brooks Betts. After playing shows on the 2005 Warped Tour, along with sporadic gigs alongside bands like Armor for...
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