"Believers (Deluxe Edition)" by ¡MAYDAY! on iTunes

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A genre-bending Miami crew, ¡Mayday! first appeared in 2006, scoring an underground hit with the single "Quicksand." Rocking a unique style that brings together rock, rap, funk, reggae, and straight-up pop, ¡Mayday! includes a full band (LT Hopkins on drums, Plex Luthor on keys and guitar, Gianni Cash on bass, NonMS on percussion) backing up rhymes from dual emcees Wreckonize and Bernz. After getting co-signs from Cee Lo Green (who appears on the early single "Groundhog Day") and Lil Wayne (who featured the group in two videos), ¡Mayday! dropped two critically acclaimed albums (¡Mayday! and Stuck on an Island) before linking with Tech N9ne, who signed the group to Strange Music for 2012's Take Me to Your Leader. Now returning with Believers, ¡Mayday! continues to impress with its hard-to-pigeonhole but easy-to-like vibe. Jammy without being corny, the band flaunts both its skilled musicianship and intelligent wordplay. Guests include Kardinal Offishall, Stevie Stone, and Tech himself; check out "Good Pressure," "Forever New," "On That Jack," and "Stun Gun Stickup."

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EDITORS’ NOTES

A genre-bending Miami crew, ¡Mayday! first appeared in 2006, scoring an underground hit with the single "Quicksand." Rocking a unique style that brings together rock, rap, funk, reggae, and straight-up pop, ¡Mayday! includes a full band (LT Hopkins on drums, Plex Luthor on keys and guitar, Gianni Cash on bass, NonMS on percussion) backing up rhymes from dual emcees Wreckonize and Bernz. After getting co-signs from Cee Lo Green (who appears on the early single "Groundhog Day") and Lil Wayne (who featured the group in two videos), ¡Mayday! dropped two critically acclaimed albums (¡Mayday! and Stuck on an Island) before linking with Tech N9ne, who signed the group to Strange Music for 2012's Take Me to Your Leader. Now returning with Believers, ¡Mayday! continues to impress with its hard-to-pigeonhole but easy-to-like vibe. Jammy without being corny, the band flaunts both its skilled musicianship and intelligent wordplay. Guests include Kardinal Offishall, Stevie Stone, and Tech himself; check out "Good Pressure," "Forever New," "On That Jack," and "Stun Gun Stickup."

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4.9 out of 5

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Gunna be dope!!!

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Sounds amazing

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This will be a good album.

About ¡MAYDAY!

Omaha mainstay Ted Stevens put time in with a number of influential acts, but Mayday was his most personal. Stevens began his esteemed career in the brooding chamber pop outfit Lullaby for the Working Class, an act whose trio of late-'90s albums pushed the boundaries of quiet melodic dirges and complex orchestration. After 1999's Song the members parted ways without officially disbanding, and Stevens found himself replacing Steve Pedersen on guitar and second vocals in Omaha's Cursive. After settling in on the group's breakthrough hit Domestica, Stevens went on to assume an even more commanding role with his powerful vocal presence. He also became a touring member of his Cursive bandmate Tim Kasher's the Good Life. Still, the quieter work of his past wasn't out of his system.

Named after an annual concert that Stevens and his friends threw on the first day of May, Mayday was the songwriter's return to his earlier style of composition. Fitting that it also featured a some of his Lullaby for the Working Class bandmates. Brothers Mike and A.J. Mogis and violinist Tiffany Kowalski all returned to the fold, and the result was a natural progression from where Lullaby left off. With a cast of players that also included members of Azure Ray, Now It's Overhead, Bright Eyes, and Cursive, as well as a musical palette almost as diverse as the company, Stevens put together Mayday's solid 2002 debut Old Blood. A mix of the lilting and quiet sounds of Lullaby and detours into Spanish flavored guitar workouts and sea shantey themes, the disc was clearly a release for years of Stevens original material that had been gathering in the vaults. Subsequent full-band tours proved that Mayday could be much more than a one-off solo project. Sure enough, the band returned in May 2003 with the inward-turned gothic country of I Know Your Troubles Been Long, released through Bar/None. Mayday returned to Saddle Creek for 2005's Bushido Karaoke. By that point its lineup included Stevens, Kowalski, Dan McCarthy, and Pat Oakes. ~ Peter J. D'Angelo

  • ORIGIN
    Miami, FL
  • FORMED
    2003

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