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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!

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I understand this review is somewhat out of date because of the album’s release on March 1, 2011, but I feel like it is still a fairly new record and not enough people appreciate this band.

Go Radio is a pop/rock band from Tallahassee, Florida that was formed by the former vocalist/guitarist of Mayday Parade.  His name is Jason Lancaster.  His unnatural “lazy tongue” vocal technique quickly arms Go Radio with a unique set of traits that make this band stand out from the rest.

Go Radio is a band rose to fame for 2 main reasons.  The first being that they had one extremely popular song.  This song is called “Goodnight Moon.”  This song is not off of Lucky Street, but rather from Go Radio’s EP called Do Overs And Second Chances.  This beautiful ballad immediately reminds me of Secondhand Serenade’s “Fall For You”.  Not to mention the fact that the title alone makes this song special.  Anyone of any age should be able to recognize the title of the inspirational children’s book “Goodnight Moon”.  If you have trouble remembering it, the story is basically about a young boy wishing everything in his house and around him “Goodnight”.

The second reason for Go Radio’s rapid uprising is the fact that they rode somewhat along the coattails of Jason Lancaster’s previous band.  Many of the dedicated Mayday Parade fans followed along  both paths once Jason Lancaster left (or got the boot, nobody quite knows).  This helped the band a great deal especially when it came to touring constantly with Mayday.

Personally, I got on the Mayday Parade/Go Radio bandwagon at a somewhat late start.  I had heard some of the Mayday hits such as “Jamie All Over” and “Miserable At Best” here and there but never took notice of these until this past year or so.  Then around spring of 2011 I heard Go Radio and it sounded awfully familiar.  I did a little research and soon enough found the connection.

I saw Go Radio for the first time at The Vans Warped Tour 2011 in Ventura, California and boy that was quite a treat.  Their set was at 8:00 on the Nintendo 3DS stage.  They would be one of the final performances of the night and I was very satisfied with the outcome.  At the time the only song I knew was “Goodnight Moon”, but after playing numerous songs from their new record, Lucky Street, I was immediately addicted and thus began my fanhood of Go Radio.

When I got home that night I bought this album and I got my money’s worth!  The fair balance of the ballads and full-band songs sits well with someone of my musical background.  I am a huge fan of songs that have dramatic intros with piano and soft vocals which then lead into a full-band chorus.

At its entirety, Lucky Street has a few songs that really stand out.  “Any Other Heart”, the second song off the album, is probably one of my favorites.  The minute this song filled my ears I knew it would be one of their big ones.  Other songs such as “Why I’m Home” and “House of Hallways” really struck me with this inspirational feeling.  On the other hand, this record was not one of perfection.  Throughout the album I had trouble distinguishing one song from another and found this to be a common attribute.  Although they seem to have set it up in a alternating ballad-uptempo-ballad lineup, I continue to have problems differentiating the songs.

After listening to Lucky Street a few times I feel as if it is a really brilliant start to a band with a lot of potential.  I really hope to hear more out of these guys.  I would have to give this album an 7.5/10.  Definitely a must-have record for any fans of Mayday Parade, The Maine, or Secondhand Serenade.