Mayday Parade's currently heating up the charts with the release of their third self-titled studio album that debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200 chart! They recently stopped by the J-14 office and told us all about their new self-titled album, their favorite songs on it, their music evolution throughout the years, and what they're most looking forward to about the road on The Noise tour. Check out acoustic performances of "Oh Well, Oh Well" and "When You See My Friends" from their visit here.
J-14: What's your new album Mayday Parade all about?
Derek Sanders: The new album, it's really special for us just because over the last few years I feel like we've learned a lot about our band and learned a lot about what we want as a band and what we don't want. With this album it's kind of back to the roots where we just went in and made a CD that we loved and kind of just left everything else out of it, didn't worry about anything else. The number one priority was making an album that we loved and we did and we're super happy with it and people seem to be responding really well to it so.
J-14: What is each of your favorite songs off the album and why?
Jeremy Lenzo: "When You See My Friends." Lyrically I think the song is really powerful lyrically and musically it's powerful as well.
Alex Garcia: I think "Oh Well, Oh Well" is my favorite song. It just has a lot of aspects in music that I really like.
Derek: I think "Without The Bitter The Sweet Isn't As Sweet" is my favorite. I think it kind of stands out the most, it's the most different from the other tracks on the album. It just has a really cool feeling to it, really unique feeling to it. I just love that song.
Brooks Betts: I keep clashing with Cabbage [Jeremy] with "When You See My Friends." I should probably think of another one. But it is my favorite and it's really the way the chorus comes in and the voicings and the guitar stuff to me has a really powerful sound to it and does even before recording it. Just playing it live with two guitars - it grabs me instantly as well as lyrically as Cabbage was talking about as well.
Jake Bundrick: I think mine would be "Happy Endings Are Stories That Haven't Ended Yet," it's the last song on the record. I'm a sucker for like sad songs, I guess it is. They always hit home and that one really like -- there's something about it. It puts me in a mood, I like to listen to it. And Alex shreds on it at the end so. Guitar shredding.
J-14: How has the content of your albums changed throughout the years?
Derek: When the band started we were all a whole lot younger. I was nineteen. A lot of us were 19, 20 or so, and now we're 25, 26, so we've grown up a lot but that's what our music is mostly about is growing up and a lot of it comes from personal experiences, just different people in our lives, relationships come and gone and things like that.
Brooks: Still messing up relationships.
J-14: How do you think your music has changed sound wise?
Derek: I think it's mostly the same kind of style and the same kind of sound. But we've just grown tighter as musicians and tighter as a band and as a unit. We've been playing together for six years now. And I feel like when we get together to write it's just very natural now. We can just kind of vibe and feed off each other and connect real well and create songs.
Jake: I also feel like we added some new instruments on this new record. That's something we've never done before and I feel like that's kind of a mature side I guess. We added violin, viola, cello, trumpet.
Derek: Well we always wanted to do that kind of stuff we just never had the time and the resources before to do that kind of stuff but for this one we made it a big priority to make that stuff happen - to have live strings opposed to the key strings or whatever and I think that makes a big difference.
J-14: What are you most looking forward to for the duration of the year?
Derek: Just being back on the road again. Living on the bus, being back on the road, it's so weird because we really go -- being at home and being on tour are like two completely different lives and you go straight from one, right in to the other. There's no transition. I'm stoked to be back on the bus, back to tour life, hanging out with the rest of the bands on the tour, it's going to be awesome. We toured with most of these bands before so we're friends. We're playing Vegas, Vegas is always a place we look forward to going to a lot and just doing a nationwide tour. It's going to be awesome.
Brooks: I'm most excited to hang out with the You Me At Six guys. That's going to be really cool. It's not often that you get to tour with an international band like them and having such a rare chance it's interesting how we've became such good friends from the AP tour that we did. I'm really excited to get back with them and hang out one on one.
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