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Mayday Parade.  What more is there to say?  This All-American Pop/Punk band from Tallahassee, Florida is possibly one of the most under-rated bands ever.  Since their formation in 2005, Mayday has struggled to make it to the top and they are finally beginning to see the rewards of their hard work.

Mayday Parade has always been a master of emotion.  Through their powerful lyrics and intense vocal harmonies I really feel like I can connect with them because of the fact that although they have been through numerous tours, sold hundreds of thousands of records, and moistened the panties of tons of little girls, they still seem to act like a small local band.  I have friends who had gotten their hands on Mayday Parade’s first EP, Tales Told by Dead Friends, at the 2006 Vans Warped Tour because the band was just out there in the parking lot handing them out to get noticed.

Mayday Parade is most widely known for their piano ballad “Miserable At Best”.  This song is possibly one of my favorite love songs of this era of music.  “Derek (Sanders) and Jason (Lancaster) had a vocal chemistry unlike any other duo I’ve heard.  Derek sung his heartfelt melodies while Jason accompanied him with harmonies and a range unlike any other” says Only Regret The Summer vocalist Fabi Behnam.  But sadly after their first full-length album, A Lesson In Romantics, Lancaster left the band for personal reasons in order to form Go Radio.

In October of 2009, Mayday Parade released their second record entitled Anywhere But Here.  This is my favorite of the 3 albums because of 2 songs.  “Kids In Love” was the big hit from this album and really caught the attention of the Pop/Punk music scene.  But “Kids In Love” was not the reason I loved this record.  The acoustic tune “I Swear This Time I Mean It” is one of my favorite songs of all time and lead to the writing of my own band (Watching The Soundset)’s song “Not Another Girl”.  “I always feel inspired after listening to Mayday Parade” says Watching The Soundset guitarist Evan Murashko.

But the wait is now over! Mayday Parade’s self-titled record (Mayday Parade) is right up there with their previous releases and makes it hard to judge which album was the better.  The new album starts off with a song called “Oh Well, Oh Well” and I absolutely love it!  I have been known to drive around just listening to this song over and over and over again.  It’s truly an amazing piece of music both instrumentally and lyrically.  Other songs such as “When You See My Friends”, “Stay”, and “A Shot Across The Bow” all sound similar to the songs put out on the 2nd album, but are definitely a few of my favorites.  But I’m sure many of you, like myself, were hoping to see some new tricks on this album.  The song “Everything’s An Illusion” fulfills this void.  Derek Sanders sings this song with such emotion that you can’t help but connect with it.

Mayday Parade really has a lot going for them and I see a bright future for the band.  I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to see them on the 2011 Noise Tour powered by Journey’s this Saturday at the House of Blues in Anaheim.  I am super excited to see one of my favorite bands play and I wish everyone has the opportunity to see this band in action!  I give Mayday Parade a rating of 9/10.  Great album, great band, great music!