POZ Interview: Mayday Parade

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 14, 2012

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PropertyOfZack had the chance to catch up with Derek Sanders at the beginning of Mayday Parade's fall co-headlining tour. Derek and I discussed recent touring, the closing of their album cycle, plans to record a new album, label possibilities, and more. Check it all out below!

We’re into The Maine co-headlining tour right now. How have the shows been so far?
It’s been awesome. It’s good to be back in the States again because we’ve been doing a lot of international stuff. It’s also good to be back out with The Maine again. We love those guys. Every show has been a lot of fun with a lot of people. We’re very happy.

This is the band’s first non-Warped US tour in a bit. Is it nice getting a little more intimate again?
Absolutely. Warped Tour was amazing, but there was that stretch of international stuff in between. It’s good to be back in the States doing a full US tour like this. It’s the end of the album cycle and we’re wrapping things up.

The record has been out for over a year now. Do you think it’s set in how you hoped it would?
I’d say so for sure. We wanted to make an album that we were happy with and loved. That was the main priority. On top of that, I feel like it’s gone over really well. It’s sold well and has kept us moving in the right direction. There’s been this new energy and life in the band since we put out this album. Everything is good and I think we’re all really happy.

There was a lot of talk leading up to the album about getting off of the label and having more freedom to do what you want at this point. There can be tradeoffs with that though. Was this the more gratifying route?
Absolutely. Like I said, I think we’d all rather make an album that we absolutely love that doesn’t sell very well than make an album that we don’t really love that sells a ton. It’s icing on the cake that it sold well too. It’s really cool.

Has Mayday begun writing new music?
We haven’t as a band come together yet, but I have a lot of ideas that I’m really excited about. We all have ideas. We’ve started to show each other some of them, but once we get done with touring we’ll get together and start working on new stuff. Hopefully we can go to the studio in February or March. We’ll have to see how it goes. That’s the plan for now.

There was growth and mixtures of past material in the last record. You haven’t done a ton of writing, but in your mind do you have a direction for the next album?
We’ve kind of tried to slowly go in a direction. I think I’d be happy to experiment a little more and show what we can do a little more. It just depends and we’ll have to see. I think it’ll stay in the same vein, but hopefully we can have a little fun with it. I want to write some songs that aren’t the exact formula. We tried to stray away from the standard formula last time, and we’ll try some new things this time too.

So if all goes as planned, you’d love a fall release?
I think that’d be perfect. We’ll see if it all works out. The last two albums both came out on October 4th two years apart. If the timeline works out the same, we could be putting out an album exactly every two years.

This major was off of a major. Is there a label situation yet?
When the band originally signed, it was for three albums. We’re done with that now. We are talking to other labels though. I think we’ll end up signing again for the next one or couple. We’re starting to get into all of that now.

This will be the band’s fourth record. It’s important to sustain your fan base but grow as well so things for the band don’t get stale. A lot of the bands you first started playing with aren’t in the best of spots, but Mayday are. You guys are in an interesting position of longevity with continued creation.
We are crazy lucky to have the fans that we do. In all honesty, it has been seven years now in November of 2005. For a while, I expected to see a decline. That’s how things go. It’s just kind of continued every tour. We do better in merch and numbers. It slowly builds over and over again. We’ve been very lucky. What I’m happy with is that we’ve gone through a whole lot not knowing what we wanted to do, but I feel like we have a good idea now as of how we operate. We’re all happy to keep making the music we want to make. We love doing this and want to make music together and go play it. That’s all we’re worried about now. We’ll keep doing it until we can’t. 

Should we expect touring before the cycle?
We’re just now starting to talk about a few things. I’m sure we’ll figure it out. We’ve been doing a lot of international stuff lately, so we’ll probably keep doing that.

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