Mayday Parade is a band from Tallahassee, Florida that formed in 2005 when members of two popular local bands Kid Named Chicago
and Defining Moment
converged together. Pretty much all of their music involves girls and fall into the genres of Alternative Rock
, Indie Rock
, and Emo
. They've has gained a surprising amount of popularity among the scene while still being received fairly well for their genres, especially from their debut album.
- Derek Sanders: Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Lyrics
Wrote lyrics for: the Album: Anywhere But Here, Songs: Champagne's For Celebrating, You Be the Anchor..., So Far Away, The Memory, Amber Lynn, Terrible things
- Jason Lancaster: Co-Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Lyrics
Note: Jason Lancaster left after the release of their debut album A Lesson in Romantics.
- Jake Brundrick: Drums, Backing Vocals
Wrote lyrics for: 3 Cheers for 5 Years
- Alex Garcia: Lead Guitar
- Brooks Betts: Rhythm Guitar
- Jeremy Lenzo: Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
- Tales Told By Dead Friends: (EP) (2006)
- A Lesson In Romantics: (LP) (2007)
- Anywhere But Here: (LP) (2009)
- Valdosta: (EP) (2011)
- Mayday Parade: (LP) (2011)
- Monsters in the Closet: (LP) (2013)
Tropes featured in Mayday Parade
- Breakup Song: "When I Get Home, You're So Dead", completely.
- Cover Version: They covered In My Head by Jason Derulo, When I Grow Up by The Pussycat Dolls, and Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye for different volumes of Punk Goes Pop.
- Downer Ending: Their albums pretty much run on these since all but a few of their songs are about collapsing (or already collapsed) relationships with their girlfriends.
- Drunken Song: Not actually what "One Man Drinking Games" is about.
- Dual Meaning Chorus: Arguably used in a few of their songs.
- Their song "Anywhere But Here" refers to someone having another girlfriend to keep his mind of his real girlfriend, but a few have also taken the song to refer to a drug of some sort.
Derek: Secret love, my escape, take me far, far away. Secret love are you there? Will you answer my prayer?
- Genre Savvy: Their songs "Last Something That Meant Anything" and "If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet?" have lyrics involving the writing of songs. Also, "If You Wanted a Song Written About You, All You Had to Do Was Ask" references performing songs.
- Grief Song: Several. "Miserable At Best" is the most well known - others include "Black Cat", "Walk on Water or Drown", "Everything's an Illusion", and "One Man Drinking Games", among others.
- Long Title: They have quite a few relatively long titles, but "You Be The Anchor That Keeps My Feet On The Ground, I'll Be The Wings That Keep Your Heart In The Clouds" is the clear winner.
- Loudness War: Many of their songs are fairly quiet with dynamic peaks. The best example is "One Man Drinking Games" which starts slow and gets much louder at the end.
- The intro to ''If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet?" is especially loud.
- Music Stories: They have a lot of these.
- Music Video Overshadowing: Played straight in Jamie All Over, completely. The song is about a boy begging his girlfriend not to leave him when the music video is about the band going to California and partying senselessly - which turns out to be a dream. See also the music video of Kids In Love.
- Non-Appearing Title: The vast majority of their songs have Non Appearing titles. It's easier to list the exceptions: "Your Song", "Jersey", "Miserable at Best", "Kids in Love", "Anywhere But Here", "The Silence", "Still Breathing", "Bruised and Scarred", "Save Your Heart", "Get Up", "I Swear This Time I Mean It", "Amber Lynn", "Terrible Things", "Oh Well, Oh Well", "When You See My Friends", "Priceless" and "Stay" are their only songs where the title appears in the lyrics at all. It may be worth noting that most of these- from "Kids in Love" to "I Swear This Time I Mean It" is from the album "Anywhere but Here".
- One of Us: Derek could be considered this. He is known to read many books, including Twilight and liked it so much that he made a song based on it - The Silence.
- Precision F-Strike: Mayday Parade is known for having pretty much no profanity in their music aside from one (very clear) instance in their song When I Get Home You're So Dead.
Jason: I hope he's leavin' you empty baby, this is just a fix.
Derek and Jason: For such a simple little whore.
- Rerelease the Song: Jamie All Over and When I Get Home You're So Dead.
- From Valdosta, the songs Jamie All Over (again), Your Song, Kids In Love, and Bruised and Scarred.
- The Runaway: Their song Ocean and Atlantic's chorus.
Derek: She said she'll run, until her feet don't touch the ground. And as the waves carry me out, I'll keep listening, she'll never make a sound.
- Self-Titled Album: Their third album.
- Shout-Out: The Silence is a big shout-out to the Twilight series.
- Somewhere Song: Arguably Ocean and Atlantic and So Far Away
- Soprano and Gravel: Their first two albums pretty much run on Mayday's dual-vocals
- Soprano: Derek, definitely. Despite that Jason can reach higher notes than him.
- Gravel: Undeniably Jason. Until he left, that is.
- Stop and Go: Played straight in a few of their old songs.
- This Is Your Song: Your Song
- Three Chords and the Truth
- Title Only Chorus: Stay
- Vocal Tag Team: Prior to Jason's departure, he and Derek were co-lead singers. Nowadays, Jake or Jeremy usually fill in for him on the older songs, and Jake sings harmonies on a few of the newer songs as well.