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Mayday Parade doesnt know how to sing a bad song. Cant wait for the new album!


There might be hope for my favorite band yet.
They still sound a lil generic but there's that extra spark in there, that I thought they had lost.

The Spark That Lit The Candle

As a fan since 'Tales Told By Dead Friends' , when Mayday Parade was playing to 20 kids at a junk yard in North Carolina, I distinctly remember being blown away when hearing them. Every song was filled with passion, ballsy guitar licks, fun beats you could sway your hips to, hard hitting lyrics, and their corresponding clever vocal arrangements. My friends and I were all VERY excited about 'A Lesson In Romantics' which proved to be one of my all-time favorite albums. So much so that just a few days ago (9/6/11), a couple friends and I were singing (at the top of our lungs) along to that entire album, in the hour long drive home from Raleigh, NC. When 'Anywhere But Here' was set to release, we were all very excited. Pick a reason that the general public has thrown around, but that album doesn't have the extra 'Umph' so to speak, as their previous two. It grew on me over time. I'd find certain choruses in my head from time to time. But it's still not what I'd consider a true Mayday Parade sound. It sounds like they'd lost hope. The lyrics are here and there, catchy choruses are dumbed down, it's a much cleaner sound over all, and that's not what I think about when I hear Mayday Parade. It's the raw punk-pop mixture of the clean and the thrashing that makes me wanna dance. I can't express my inner child enough when explaining the joy that burst from somewhere around my heart (as in an immediate, adrenaline, honest to God physical rush of excitement) when hearing 'Oh Well, Oh Well' for the first time. I called friends. I texted friends. I tweeted the world. I facebooked my mom. I've been playing that single loud and proud for everyone who comes over. Usually with an initial inquiry such as "Have you heard the new Mayday Parade single yet? ... They're back." as I'm pressing play in iTunes. Let your surround sound system roar with greatness. 'When You See My Friends' carries this rejuvenated and restored sound right along. I've now pre-ordered the album. Expecting great things. Great work guys. Keep it up. Thank you.


Formed: 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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When You See My Friends - Single, Mayday Parade
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  • $1.29
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock
  • Released: Sep 09, 2011

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