The Tallahassee pop-punk act Mayday Parade moves fast. After only a year together, the band caught a break and released its first full-length album A Lesson in Romantics in 2007. It sold almost 150,000 copies. Since then, they signed with a new record company (Atlantic), shuffled the band lineup, joined forces with producer David Bendeth (Paramore, Underoath), and pumped out a new album.
Mayday Parade is currently on the road behind their latest, Anywhere but Here. The band consists of vocalist/keyboardist Derek Sanders, bassist Jeremy Lezno, drummer Jake Bundrick, and guitarists Alex Garcia and Brook Betts.
The online fan chatter has increased since the new album’s release, with many noting on the versatility of the new songs.
On their website, Bundrick says they can “jump in and play with everyone from pop music to heavier rock bands.” Lezno chimes in that he’s “proud to be in a band that can reach out to so many different people.”
Mayday Parade is maturing as a group. “Silence,” the first single from Anywhere but Here, is an obvious attempt at showing off their darker, more emotional side. They’ve definitely shown some signs of growing up, thanks in part to the band’s new singer, Sanders. Former vocalist Jason Lancaster’s deeper, throatier vocals, heavily featured on the first album, have given way entirely to Sanders’ heartfelt intonations. The group has also developed the anti-establishment attitude that accompanies adolescence.
Their second single, “Kids in Love,” stirred up some controversy thanks to a music video that many felt took the idea of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll a little too literally. The video, which was removed from YouTube, featured two young couples on a drug-and-alcohol-fueled weekend romp across the West Coast (discarding clothes as they went). It has since been edited and re-released on the band’s website.
While some fans and viewers were shocked by the video, others supported the band’s creative freedom. At the least, it apparently answered the question, secretly asked by all parents, of what four 17-year-olds might do if given unlimited funds, no commitments, and fake IDs for a weekend.
In any case, Mayday Parade isn’t ashamed to put their lives on display, for better or for worse.