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Album Review

Florida-based rock sextet Mayday Parade falls squarely in the center of the emo pack on their Fearless debut, Tales Told by Dead Friends. Seeing as the band came together from a merger between two popular local bands, the three guitarists and three vocalists in its ranks aren't really a surprise. But with such a large crew on board, Mayday's overall sound should be much fuller sounding than it is on this EP, instead of it being hard to even tell if there's more than one guitarist playing at a time. With better production, this could easily be fixed (since the band's songwriting is pretty good), but as it stands now, there's still not a whole lot to separate the band from all their peers, aside from the distinct, drawn-out pronunciations of one of their vocalists. The trade-off between main singers Derek Sanders and Jason Lancaster has a tendency, as in "Your Song," to sound pretty similar to Fall Out Boy, though admittedly, that's hardly a bad thing. "When I Get Home, You're So Dead" has a nice little percussive and acoustic flair running through it, while "One Man Drinking Game" manages to target a fading relationship without becoming ridiculously sappy. Most songs are in the vein of the latter's mid-tempo heartbreak, which somewhat causes the EP to have a uniform aftertaste. But even with its flaws, this is still a good starting point with a lot of potential; let's just hope Mayday Parade can expand from here to really carve itself out a more distinct identity on their eventual full-length.

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i usually hate this sappy "emo" stuff, but the line in One Man Drinking Games where they sing "keep breathing, my angel- if you go down i go with you so keep breathing, just keep breathing" never fails to make me feel.


Mayday Parade has put out a really amazing ep. The songs all sound different and they're written really well. They definitely have the talent to really make it; more than a lot of bigger bands like Panic at the Disco. I've known this band for quite a while and I was really surprised to see that they only had like 29 reviews for this ep because they really do deserve more fans. They are amazing live and really awesome people with really amazing music. They were on the AP list of 100 bands you should know so buy this ep and their full length cd. It's honestly worth every penny.


I love Mayday Parade that are amazing! not even Kidding


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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