Mayday Parade

After Dark Presents

Mayday Parade

This Wild Life, William Ryan Key, Oh, Weatherly

Thu, November 8, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm

Town Ballroom

Buffalo, NY

$29.00 - $35.00

Tickets at the Door

No one under 12 admitted. Minors under 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Government issued identification is required for entry. No exceptions.

Mayday Parade
Mayday Parade
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 Reach" ends with a plaintive piano coda and lonely vocals, while the '90s alt-rock-reminiscent "Letting Go" is driven by rich acoustic guitar and Sanders' delicate singing.

The sonic evolution was a natural progression for Mayday Parade, which is comprised of childhood friends who cut their teeth in the Tallahassee, Florida, music scene. The group famously self-released 2006's 'Tales Told by Dead Friends' EP and followed Warped Tour around selling the CD to kids waiting in line -- which eventually led to a record deal and several official stints performing on Warped Tour, as well as tours with bands ranging from the Pierce The Veil, to All Time Low, and PVRIS.

On 'Black Lines,' Mayday Parade wanted a rawer sound that more accurately reflected their magnetic live performances. But the band also wanted to convey greater emotional complexity and sophistication: Songs focus less on heartbreak and more on mature, grown-up topics -- navigating the nuances of adult relationships and friendships, when there's more at stake and things aren't so black and white. "We're people in happy relationships with good things going on in our lives, so we didn't want to keep writing songs about all these sad topics," Sanders says. "Of course, there is some of that in the record for sure -- but we tried to focus a little more on other things, just life and growing up."

Long-time fans shouldn't worry, however: Mayday Parade's core creative process, which is steeped in collaboration and democratic decision-making, remains firmly intact. "We all bring in ideas, and they could change drastically once everybody puts in their input," Sanders says. "It wouldn't be a Mayday Parade record if we didn't all five work on the songs together like that." In fact, 'Black Lines' was even more of a group effort -- which is not only a representation of how each band member has improved musically, but also an indication of their innate, ever-evolving chemistry. Ten years into their career, the members of Mayday Parade are more creatively charged than ever.
This Wild Life
This Wild Life
This Wild Life is Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso from Long Beach, California. The two met while working at a musical instrument store and quickly bonded over their love for hardcore. Soon enough they began playing shows as pop-punk band This Wild Life. After countless shows, local success, and strong online reaction with YouTube views in the millions, they found new inspiration from Dashboard Confessional and they reinvented themselves as an acoustic duo. Clouded is their debut full-length and was recorded with Aaron Marsh of Copeland. Clouded saw phenomenal first week success on the Billboard charts, debuting as the #1 Top New Artist, #1 Top Alternative New Artist, #49 Digital Album, and the #17 Independent Album. Clouded has garnered much critical acclaim. According to Alternative Press it is "outrageously well-written songs, played well with much skill…everything about this one is a winner" with a 4.5/5 star review. Absolute Punk calls it "one of the most impressive debut albums this year" giving it an 8.5/10. This Wild Life is the result of the hard work of the Long Beach friends. Their journey has been marked by small triumphs, big struggles and countless floor shows, bringing This Wild Life's heartfelt, melodic and acoustic punk-rock to a bigger audience they've earned.
Venue Information:
Town Ballroom
681 Main Street
Buffalo, NY, 14203
http://www.townballroom.com/