Mayday Parade and Tonight Alive are about to kick off The Honeymoon Tour. PropertyOfZack is happy to have both bands together for a new Playlist feature. Listen along and check out what each band has on their mix below!
So, I have put together a very special playlist for PropertyOfZack. These are just some of the songs that will be playing at my wedding coming up and I just thought it would be something different for you. Some of these songs are my picks, and some are my fiancée’s. They are just good songs about couples, and they make us think of each other. - Jeremy Lenzo
1975 - “Chocolate”
Such a great vibes song, especially right after we get off stage just having played a really good show.
Coldplay - “Fix You”
At the end of a night everyone comes back to the bus and chills out to this song. Makes everyone feel something every single time.
Killswitch Engage - “End of Heartache”
We start jamming this on stage when Jenna talks to much.
August Burns Red - “Back Burner”
Whakaio’s warm up song to practice to before a show.
Rage Against The Machine - “Know Your Enemy”
Jenna’s pre-show pump up song
Rusted Root - “On My Way”
Song we play over the PA every night before we head on stage.
Don Broco - “Whole Truth”
Good vibes song, especially when driving.
Hands Like Houses - “No Parallels”
Best mates from Canberra, our favourite sing-along of theirs.
The Starting Line - “Island”
Brings back memories of recording our first album in LA
Bon Iver - “Holocene” or “Beth/Rest”
When everyone wants to relax and wind down, any Bon Iver song will do the trick. These are our favorites.
Darude - “Sandstorm”
The start to any good night. We’ve put this on a few times when a couple of beers turn into a big night out. Always gets everyone dancing.
Architects - “C.A.N.C.E.R”
This song gets Matt pumped.
James Vincent Mcmorrow - “Cavalier”
I could listen to this all day every day (Matt), so simple and peaceful, JVM can do no wrong.
Mayday Parade have released a new song called “Josiah’s Monkey” that was done on the Lennon Bus at Warped. Stream the song below after the jump.
The Honeymoon Tour is going to be a big one. Mayday Parade are taking out Tonight Alive, Major League, and PVRIS this coming fall. Check out the dates below after the jump.
PropertyOfZack Senior Writer Jesse Richman headed out to Warped Tour a few weeks ago to sweat while watching bands, but to also do some great interviews for the site.
Jesse spoke with Derek Sanders from Mayday Parade about Warped Tour, Monsters In The Closet a year later, future plans, and writing for a next release. Read the interview below!
POZ: Derek, I know we caught up with you fairly recently, but we’re now in the middle of Warped Tour, and Mayday Parade are one of the headlining acts, so I just want to know how it’s going to far.
DS: It’s been incredible. It’s always tough to say while it’s happening, but it’s certainly, if not my favorite, then one of my favorite tours I’ve ever done. It’s my favorite Warped Tour I’ve done. I feel like each time you do Warped Tour, you kind of get more used to it and comfortable with it. It’s such a great experience. We know so many people on the tour. And like you said, we’re playing the main stage for the first time, which is really incredible, it’s a milestone for us. It’s all good things, it’s great!
Having done it so many times, does it feel different being a mainstage act?
It’s a bigger look. Warped Tour is intimidating at first. We followed it and sold CDs outside at first — we weren’t even part of it — and then we played it several times on smaller stages and kind of worked our way up. At first it can be very intimidating; you don’t want to do the wrong thing, or piss off the wrong person. It’s almost overwhelming. But each time, as you do it more and more… And part of it, being on the main stage as well, it’s comfortable. But it’s very cool.
Is it a different approach from a production standpoint?
I suppose so. The stage itself isn’t that much bigger than the blow-up stage, the Monster Energy stage or whatever, but we tried to do our best with a cool backdrop scrim, a 3D-kind of thing. We just go out and have fun.
One thing I thought was kind of cool about the lineup this year is, some years there’s one or two super-huge headliner acts, but this year there’s more parity at that mainstage level. How do you think that’s affected the crowds that have come out?
It’s tough to say. It seems like it’s been doing really well, there’s a lot of people. I feel like a lot of times, there’s the one band that always plays towards the end, because they’re kind of the headliner, and this year it seems to be a little more spread out. I think that maybe that’s a good thing, so long as people are still showing up. And it’s probably always like this, but I feel like it happens more and more, where there are bigger bands on other stages, so you have fewer kids that just stand in front of the main stage and watch all day. People float around and check out other bands on different stages. It’s been great vibes so far.
You guys have been doing Warped Tour for a long time; this is, what, your sixth run?
It’s our fifth time playing it, and then we followed it, so that doesn’t really count, but we essentially did all of Warped Tour that year.
I imagine there were kids who were, like, the youngest kids in the crowd coming to see you those early years, who are now the old folks here. Maybe they’ve got their little brother or sister in tow who are getting exposed to you for the first time. Do you feel like you’re bringing in kids who still don’t know about you at this point? Or is it more of your loyal fanbase showing up to support you?
I’d say it’s a little bit of both, and that’s what’s great about it. It’s almost been nine years of being in this band, so anyone who was a fan in the beginning is a lot older now. I feel like we’ve had a whole lot of people who have stuck around, and there also seems to be a lot of newer, younger fans who are getting into it as well. It’s a blend of both, which is amazing. We’re very grateful to still be able to tour at this level.
Warped Tour is here. Check out Mayday Parade's set list from the summer and the Warped Tour below after the jump.
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Mayday Parade have released an update from the So Devastating, It’s Unnatural Tour. Watch the second update below after the jump.
Mayday Parade Announce ‘Monsters In The Closet’ Deluxe Reissue
by Becky Kovach, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Several months ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing Mayday Parade’s Monsters In The Closet. As someone who has always enjoyed Mayday’s work but has never closely followed their career, the album came as a surprise – I loved it almost immediately, and it easily made my list of top 15 albums for 2013. From start to finish, Monsters In The Closet was polished pop rock at its absolute finest, not to mention a stunning example of how emotional music can be.
One of my favorite things about this album was the fact that it felt complete. Closer “Angels” felt like the perfect counterpart to opening track “Ghosts,” and created a beautiful and delicate balance that provided listeners with closure after such an emotional journey.
“Angels” was such a definitive ending that the announcement of three new tracks to follow it made me apprehensive. So while listening through Monsters In The Closet for what felt like the hundredth time, I tried to treat it as though it was the very first.
What I found was that the album still very much holds its own; many of the songs I have loved from the beginning still sent shivers down my spine and begged to be played again and again. “Last Night For A Table For Two,” “Demons,” and “Angels” in particular held up especially well. “Last Night For A Table For Two” emanates anguish in the edgy bass line that permeates throughout. “Demons” hides pain amid its pop-y exterior. And “Angels” is still hauntingly beautiful with its gentle harmonies and solemnly humming guitars.
Mayday Parade will be releasing a deluxe version if Monsters In The Closet on May 27th via Fearless Records, so be sure to pre-order it here. PropertyOfZack is very excited to be debuting a new song from the release today called “Stuck In Remission.” Stream “Worth A Thousand Words” via PureVolume, “Hear The Sound” via AbsolutePunk, and our exclusive, “Stuck In Remission” below!
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