A Lesson in Romantics

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A Lesson in Romantics
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Studio album by Mayday Parade
Released July 10, 2007
Recorded January 2007,
Tree Sound, Atlanta, Georgia
Genre Pop punk[1]
Length 45:32
Label Fearless
Producer Zack Odom, Kenneth Mount
Mayday Parade chronology
Tales Told by Dead Friends
(2006)
A Lesson in Romantics
(2007)
Anywhere but Here
(2009)
Singles from A Lesson in Romantics
  1. "When I Get Home, You're So Dead"
    Released: December 3, 2007
  2. "Jamie All Over"
    Released: May 20, 2008

A Lesson in Romantics is the debut studio album from American rock band Mayday Parade. The album was produced by Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount, with recording taking place in early 2007. Jason Lancaster left the band in March 2007. The album was released through Fearless in July. "When I Get Home, You're So Dead" was released as a single in December. "Jamie All Over" was released as a single in May 2008.

Background[edit]

Following the merger of two local Tallahassee bands, Kid Named Chicago and Defining Moment, Mayday Parade was formed.[2] The group consisted of vocalist Derek Sanders, vocalist/guitarist Jason Lancaster, guitarists Alex Garcia and Brooks Betts, bassist/vocalist Jeremy Lenzo, and drummer Jake Bundrick.[2] In June 2006, the Tales Told by Dead Friends EP was released.[3] The band would follow Warped Tour, selling copies of the EP to people in line.[4] It would go on to sell over 50,000 copies.[5] These sales caught the attention of Fearless,[5] who signed Mayday Parade on August 29.[6] Between late September and early November, the band went on the Text on the Dance Floor tour alongside Mêlée, Wheatus, Brandtson, Lakes, and Fall of Transition.[7] Tales Told by Dead Friends was re-released through Fearless on November 7.[6]

Composition and recording[edit]

All of the songs that feature on A Lesson in Romantics were written while touring after Warped Tour.[8] The songs are about "being in a relationship while you're on the road, and the different hardships that come with that."[4] The album was "more put together" and "more organized", according to Garcia, unlike the band's EP.[8] Sanders thought it stood up "pretty well" to the EP, noting that it was "just as catchy ", but called it "more powerful."[8] "Jamie All Over" was originally recorded by Kid Named Chicago, the previous band of Lancaster.[9] Sanders claimed the song was "kind of a tough one to choose" because the band had a lot of new material to choose from but felt "pretty happy" with choosing the song.[8] The final track, "You Be the Anchor That Keeps My Feet on the Ground, I'll Be the Wings That Keep Your Heart in the Clouds", was named as such as the band was "trying to be poetic", according to Garcia.[8]

Mayday Parade went into the studio in January 2007.[10] Recording took place at Tree Sound, located in Atlanta, Georgia.[11] The band worked with producers Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount,[10] who also engineered the sessions.[11] "When I Get Home, You're So Dead" was re-recorded from Tales Told by Dead Friend[9] because the song had previously received a big response from fans.[8] Natalie VanLandingham provided additional vocals on "Jersey", while Daniel Lancaster provided additional vocals on "Jamie All Over".[11] Mixing was done by Mark Needham, while Steve Hall mastered the album at Future Disc, located in McMinnville, Oregon.[11]

Release[edit]

Lancaster left the band in March 2007[2] citing a lack of writing credit on the band's releases.[12][nb 1] Lenzo and Bundrick filled in for Lancaster's vocals, while Garcia and Betts perform the guitar parts Lancaster did.[8] Garcia said this change made the guitars "sound more clear" and not "clutter[ed]", while on the other hand, the group found it hard working out who should sing Lancaster's parts.[8] Lancaster leaving hurt Sanders personally as "he was a good friend".[8] Later that month, the band supported Plain White T's on their U.S. tour.[13] On April 4, "Black Cat" was made available for streaming via Hot Topic's Myspace profile.[14] On April 13, A Lesson in Romantics was announced for release.[15] Between early May and late June, the band went on tour with support from Bedlight for Blue Eyes, Driver Side Impact and Sick City.[16] The track listing was revealed on May 18.[17] On June 6, the band made "When I Get Home, You're So Dead" available for streaming via their Myspace profile.[18] "Jamie All Over" was made available for streaming on June 19 via AbsolutePunk.[19] The band went on the 2007 edition of Warped Tour.[20] A Lesson in Romantics was released on July 10[15] through Fearless.[18][nb 2] In August, the band went on tour with Olympia and Sound the Alarm.[22] The music video for "When I Get Home, You're So Dead", which was directed by Marco de la Torre, was filmed in September.[23]

In late September 2007, the band supported Paramore in Japan, then a few days later in Australia.[24] The band went on a co-headlining tour with Madina Lake in October and November.[25] The "When I Get Home, You're So Dead" music video was released on November 14.[26] "When I Get Home, You're So Dead" was released as a single on December 3.[27] The band went on the Manwhores and Open Sores Tour alongside All Time Low, Every Avenue, and Just Surrender in January 2008.[28] In April and May, the band went on the Explosions In Your Pants Tour with support from My American Heart and the Graduate.[29] A music video was filmed for "Jamie All Over" in May.[30] The song was released as a single on May 20.[31] The band went on the 2008 edition of Warped Tour.[32] The video for "Jamie All Over" was released[33] through MTV[34] on July 21.[35] In October and November, the band supported All Time Low on the Compromising of Integrity, Morality, & Principles in Exchange for Money tour.[36] A music video for "Miserable at Best" was released on January 9, 2009 on the band's Myspace.[37] The video was directed by Mark Staubach.[38] On November 21, 2011, the album was released on vinyl with a different colored cover.[39] A white vinyl edition was released a year later, on August 28, 2012.[40]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 85%[9]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5[1]
Music Emissions 5/5 stars[41]

Daniel Thompson from Music Emissions wrote that "every song is spectacular on this album and is a potential hit."[41] Many reviews noted the improved sound from the band's debut EP, Tales Told by Dead Friends. Joe DeAndrea from AbsolutePunk.net wrote that "after their unimpressive release of the EP Tales Told By Dead Friends in November, the band's back with their debut album that will surely become one of your most played of the Summer."[9]

A Lesson in Romantics charted on at number 8 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[42] The album also charted on the Independent Albums chart, peaking at number 31.[43] The album stayed on the chart for 70 consecutive weeks.[44] In January 2009 it was announced that the album had sold over 100,000 copies.[45] The album would later become the band's biggest selling album, selling over 200,000 copies.[5] "When I Get Home, You're So Dead" was ranked at number 194 of New York Post‍ '​s best songs to download of 2007 list.[46] In 2008, the music video for "When I Get Home, You're So Dead" was nominated at the MTV Video Music Awards for "Best Rock Video" and "Video of the Year".[47] The album was included at number 42 on Rock Sound‍ '​s "The 51 Most Essential Pop Punk Albums of All Time" list.[48]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mayday Parade.[11]

  1. "Jamie All Over" – 3:36
  2. "Black Cat" – 3:23
  3. "When I Get Home, You're So Dead" – 3:13
  4. "Jersey" – 3:29
  5. "If You Wanted a Song Written About You, All You Had to Do Was Ask" – 4:04
  6. "Miserable at Best" – 5:20
  7. "Walk on Water or Drown" – 3:29
  8. "Ocean and Atlantic" – 3:30
  9. "I'd Hate to Be You When People Find Out What This Song Is About" – 4:01
  10. "Take This to Heart" – 4:07
  11. "Champagne's for Celebrating (I'll Have a Martini)" – 3:58
  12. "You Be the Anchor That Keeps My Feet on the Ground, I'll Be the Wings That Keep Your Heart in the Clouds" – 4:40
2008 reissue bonus tracks

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per 2008 reissue booklet.[11]

Chart performance[edit]

Charts (2007) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Heatseekers Albums[42] 8
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums[43] 31

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ Lancaster would later form Go Radio.[2]
  2. ^ U.S. Fearless FRL 30099[21]
Citations
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