Since forming in 2005, Mayday Parade have amassed one of the most loyal, rabid fan bases around thanks to energizing concerts and four studio albums full of heart-on-sleeve lyrics. With the release of their arresting fifth record, the Mike Sapone-produced Black Lines, the members of the Florida pop-rock quintet—vocalist Derek Sanders, guitarists Brooks Betts and Alex Garcia, bassist Jeremy Lenzo and drummer Jake Bundrick—are taking a giant leap forward as musicians and songwriters.
“It’s time to switch things up a little bit,” Sanders says.
That’s evident from Black Lines’ ferocious opening song, “One Of Them Will Destroy The Other,” which features slashing guitars, throat-shredding vocals and a guest appearance from Real Friends’ Dan Lambton. The sizzling, grungy “Hollow” and the tornadic, teeth-baring “Let’s Be Honest” also boast aggressive riffs and a propulsive rhythmic backbone.“We noticed some of the songs were heavier than we’ve ever done, that there were a lot of guitar riffs we had never really had before,” Bundrick says. “We tried to make those parts more distinct.” Yet like other Mayday Parade albums, Black Lines is certainly dynamic—for example, the tension-filled, simmering choruses on “Underneath The Tide” explode into soaring, noisy verses—and has undeniable variety: “Just Out Of…[read more…]