The hugely popular Fearless Records compilation is back. Last month the label teased fans with the news of a second volume of Punk Goes 90s, and today we finally have all the details. The track list will include songs by classic ’90s bands such as Foo Fighters, Smash Mouth, and Green Day, being covered by acts like Yellowcard, Memphis May Fire, Falling In Reverse, and Mayday Parade.
We’re a little wary of the idea of Yellowcard covering The Smashing Pumpkins or Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! taking on Smash Mouth’s “All Star,” but hope we’re proven wrong. You can check it out yourself when the album drops on April 1st, and view the full track list and Get Scared‘s cover of “My Own Worst Enemy” below. (more…)
Last week Fuse TV announced the first six additions to the 2014 Warped Tour lineup, with the promise to release more bands each week. True to their word, Fuse has revealed the next five bands are Mayday Parade, Attila, Tear Out The Heart, Plague Vendor, and The Protomen. Previously announced bands included For Today, Teenage Bottlerocket, Air Dubai, Stray From The Path, and Mixtapes. You can check out an announcement video from Mayday Parade below and score early bird tickets right here. (more…)
Opening in typical Mayday Parade fashion with piano accompaniment and little more, “Ghosts” welcomes fans back to the band’s signature brand of pop rock with an upbeat yet undeniably downtrodden track about the ghosts in your bedroom. The aforementioned piano-lead opening gives way to a full band sound before the verse kicks in, and at that point the song’s tempo really begins to pick up. This builds to a big chorus, which later makes for a solid gang vocal based bridge, and it all wraps up nicely with a classic fade out. Pretty much Mayday Parade 101, but why fix what isn’t broken, right? You can stream the song below.
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on “Ghosts.” (more…)
After rumors of a monster tour that would include All Time Low, Pierce The Veil, Mayday Parade and You Me At Six have made the rounds on various sites and message boards, the news has finally been confirmed. The four bands will hit the road for a two month North American tour beginning April 11.
“This tour was a long time in the making for all of us,” said Pierce The Veil lead singer Vic Fuentes. “All of the bands have crossed paths over the years at festivals and random shows, but we’ve never been together in one place at the same time, on the same stage. We are all long time friends and we cannot wait for the inevitable chaos that will ensue on the Spring Fever Tour.”
Since 2008, Cocoa Beach’s Junior Doctor have been making high-energy pop rock a la Mayday Parade and Cartel. The band worked with the best producers in the modern rock scene to hone the polished sound on their debut Clumsy Words and Pickup Lines. We caught up with frontman/guitarist Mark Hartman to hear about the band’s beginnings, working with famous actresses, and how they’re preparing for a very Warped summer.
MH: Yes, there are two stories of how JrDr started and one is not true at all. So the true story is that we met in a super boring way (introductions through mutual friends) and we stumbled upon the name Junior Doctor, realized that the abbreviation was Jr.Dr., thought it was cool, and that was it. Now when we told people that story, they all seemed extremely unimpressed and it didn’t really spark any ones interest. So we decided to make up a story about us dropping out of med school to pursue a career in music, and everyone seemed to eat it up! So we stuck with it for a while, but as things started to grow, we started to feel more and more uncomfortable with the fact that we were lying to everyone. So we decided it was probably best to go a head and just come clean. I mean imagine if someone at one of our shows started having a heart attack or something, then someone yells out “Those guys are doctors! They can help!” That definitely wouldn’t end very well.
OS: What is the local scene like in Cocoa Beach? Who are some local bands that you think your fans should check out?
MH: The scene in Cocoa Beach is cool. It’s a really laid back attitude and there aren’t really a ton of bands here, but one we have played with may times and are all big fans of is The Starlight Getaway. They have an album called My Dreams and Me and it is awesome!
The idea of being on tour for the majority of the year with barely any breaks might sound closer to a nightmare than a dream, but road warriors Mayday Parade are all about staying busy and bringing their energetic live show to audiences far and wide. The Tallahassee rock outfit have been a staple in the modern rock scene since their inception in 2005 and are responsible for scene favorites like “Jamie All Over” “Three Cheers for Five Years” and “Miserable at Best.” Their most recent album is self titled, a choice reflective of how the band took the reins and made the most autonomous release of their career.
OurStage caught up with frontman Derek Sanders at the dawn of 2012, a year which is filled with months of Mayday Parade tour dates. Read on to find out how he feels about non-stop touring, why he loves the Vans Warped Tour and why Mayday Parade is his favorite record to date.
OS: You’re currently out on a co-headlining US tour with We The Kings. Are you satisfied with how the first few shows have gone?
DS: Yeah, overly satisfied! It’s been great. All three of the shows so far have sold out and just been so much fun. We had a day off yesterday, but the day before that was Nashville, [we played at the venue] Rocketown there. Really good times. It’s good to be back on the road again and good to be out with all of these bands. It’s a great tour.
OS: After these dates in the US, you’ll be heading over to the UK, where a lot of your shows are already sold out. Do you think that the shows overseas have a different feel than in the states?
DS: Yeah, in certain ways, they do, but it’s really cool. In some ways, at least in our experience, the crowds have almost been a little better in the UK. Even if they don’t know your band or they don’t know the words, they’ll still have a good time and jump around and get into it, whereas you don’t really see that as often over here. If people don’t know the band, they just kind of stand there and watch. But obviously, the crowds here are amazing and the crowds over there are amazing as well, just small differences, I guess!
The gauntlet has been laid out and the bands are ready to throw down! All month long bands have been submitting their best original songs into the Converse Battle of the Bands Music Channel. The fans have spoken and the powers that be have made their decision. Head to the North Shore Mall in Peabody, MA for the epic battle this Saturday May 29. The bell will ring at high noon!
In the blue corner, we have Allston natives Therefore I AM. Armed with incredible energy and truthful lyrics which aim to inspire, these Boston boys are looking to leave the competition bruised and splintered on the floor. Therefore I AM is going to pull out all of the stops before they head out on their first ever trip to Australia at the beginning of June.
And in the red corner we have Alternative Press Magazine‘s Top Unsigned Band of 2009, Medford’s own The Appreciation Post. With their latest EP,Work/Sleep, the pop/rock quartet show they are strong contenders for the prize. And as their latest video “Beating Of A Lifetime” demonstrates, they know a thing or two about pulling punches. This will certainly be a great test before their next performance at T.T. The Bear’s Place at the end of June.
Let the battle begin!
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