Mayday Parade (album)

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Mayday Parade
MAYDAYPARADE.jpg
Studio album by Mayday Parade
Released October 4, 2011
Recorded February 24–April 17, 2011
Vinatage Song Studio, Alpharetta, Georgia
Tree Sound Studios, Norcross, Georgia
Genre
Length 45:24
Label
Producer
  • Zack Odom
  • Kenneth Mount
Mayday Parade chronology
Valdosta
(2011)Valdosta2011
Mayday Parade
(2011)
Monsters in the Closet
(2013)Monsters in the Closet2013
Singles from Mayday Parade
  1. "Oh Well, Oh Well"
    Released: August 1, 2011
  2. "When You See My Friends"
    Released: September 9, 2011

Mayday Parade is the third studio album by American rock band Mayday Parade. It was released by Fearless on October 4, 2011.

The album debuted at number 12 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling near to 27,000 copies in its first week, becoming the band's second highest charted album to date.

Background and production[edit]

In March 2009 it was announced Mayday Parade had signed to Atlantic.[3] While working on their major label debut, Anywhere but Here (2009), Atlantic expected the band to make a pop album.[4] While the band attempted to follow this direction, they were weighed down by "so much overbearing pressure", according to guitarist Brooks Betts.[4] Vocalist Derek Sanders later recalled that "there was a lot of outside influence" from Atlantic that resulted in "a lot of co-writes".[5] In retrospect, Sanders said the band simply recorded songs that they "didn't care about as much or love as much".[5] Brooks pointed out that it wasn't "the best representation [of the band]."[4]

The album was written by the band during early 2011 at a beach house in Panacea, Florida.[6] For this album, the band wrote all of the material.[7] "Stay" is about pain experienced when losing a loved one.[8] They began recording with Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount on February 24, 2011 and the record was reportedly completed "[the band's] way," not "someone else's way," on April 18.[9] Recording took place at Vinatage Song Studio in Alpharetta, Georgia and at Tree Sound Studios in Norcross, Georgia.[10] The group brought in a string section for certain tracks.[11]

Release[edit]

On July 6, 2011 Mayday Parade was announced for release and the track listing was revealed.[12] In July and August, the band supported All Time Low on their North America tour.[13] "Oh Well, Oh Well" was made available for streaming via Alternative Press on July 27.[14] On July 31, the artwork was revealed.[15] "Oh Well, Oh Well" was released as a single on August 1.[16] On September 8, "When You See My Friends" was made available for streaming via MTV,[17] and was released as a single a day later.[18] Short clips of every song on the album were made available for steaming on September 22.[19] On October 3, Mayday Parade was made available for streaming,[20] and was released a day later[12] through ILG.[21] On October 7, a music video was released for "Oh Well, Oh Well",[22] which was directed by Thunder Down Country.[23] In October and November, the band went on The Noise Tour with support from We Are the In Crowd, There for Tomorrow, You Me at Six, and The Make.[24]

In January 2012 the band filmed a music video for "Stay"[25] in Ohio.[26] In February and March, the band went on a co-headlining tour with We the Kings, with support from The Downtown Fiction and Anarbor.[27] The band supported You Me at Six on their tour of the UK in March and April.[28] On April 4, the "Stay" music video was released,[29] which was directed by Thunder Down Country.[30] On April 12, the band released an acoustic version of "When You See My Friends" as a free download.[31] The band went on the 2012 edition of Warped Tour.[32] In early June, the band toured Japan on the 2012 edition of the Beyond [The] Blue tour.[33] The band went on co-headlining tour with The Maine, with support from The Postelles, in October and November.[34] In December, the band went on a short Australian tour with We Are the In Crowd and Heroes for Hire.[35]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 70%[2]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[36]
Alter the Press! 4.5/5 stars[37]
Melodic 2.5/5 stars [38]
Sputnikmusic 4/5[39]
Rockfreaks.net 6.5/10 stars[40]

Mayday Parade was projected to sell 25,000 copies,[41] it eventually sold near to 27,000 copies in the first week,[42] an increase of 30% over their previous album's first week sales.[8] "Stay" charted at number 26 on the Rock Digital Songs chart in the U.S.[43] The album was ranked at number 4 on PopMatters' best pop punk releases of 2011 list.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mayday Parade[10].

No. Title Length
1. "Oh Well, Oh Well" 4:49
2. "No Heroes Allowed" 3:34
3. "When You See My Friends" 3:34
4. "You're Dead Wrong" 3:59
5. "Priceless" 3:18
6. "Stay" 3:34
7. "Call Me Hopeless, Not Romantic" 3:29
8. "A Shot Across the Bow" 3:45
9. "Everything's an Illusion" 3:27
10. "I'd Rather Make Mistakes Than Nothing at All" 3:45
11. "Without the Bitter the Sweet Isn't as Sweet" 3:32
12. "Happy Endings Are Stories That Haven't Ended Yet" 4:38
Total length: 45:24
Bonus tracks

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per digital booklet.[10]

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (2011) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Charts[44] 84
UK Downloads Chart[45] 86
U.S. Billboard 200[46] 12
U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums[47] 4
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums[48] 6
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums[49] 2
U.S. Billboard Tastemaker Albums[50] 3
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums[51] 5

References[edit]

Footnotes
Citations
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  2. ^ a b Beringer, Drew. "Mayday Parade - Mayday Parade - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Mayday Parade sign to Atlantic". Alternative Press. March 31, 2009. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Lesemann, T. Ballard (April 20, 2011). "Mayday Parade asserts a new sense of independence". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Tsai, Matthew (May 10, 2011). "Sitting Down With Derek Sanders". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ Bundrick, Jake. "Writing Blog Update 1". MaydayParade.com. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mayday Parade set to release new self-titled album October 4th". Alternative Press. July 6, 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Learn to Play Mayday Parade's Hit "Stay"". Keyboard. July 25, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ Karan, Tim (April 18, 2011). "Mayday Parade finishing recording album No. 3". Alternative Press. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c Mayday Parade (Digital booklet). Mayday Parade. Fearless. 2011. p. 8. 
  11. ^ Newman, Jason (September 27, 2011). "Fall Music Preview 2011: Britney Spears, Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato, Evanescence, Rihanna, Drake & More". MTV. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Beringer, Drew (July 6, 2011). "Mayday Release Date". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  13. ^ "All Time Low announce tour with The Starting Line, Mayday Parade, We Are The In Crowd and more". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. May 14, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  14. ^ Heisel, Scott (July 27, 2011). "Exclusive Stream: Mayday Parade’s “Oh Well, Oh Well”". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on November 17, 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  15. ^ Beringer, Drew (July 31, 2011). "Mayday Artwork". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - Oh Well, Oh Well - Single by Mayday Parade". iTunes. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  17. ^ James, Nicole (September 8, 2011). "Song Premiere: Mayday Parade, ‘When You See My Friends’". MTV. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  18. ^ "iTunes - Music - When You See My Friends - Single by Mayday Parade". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  19. ^ Common, Tyler (September 22, 2011). "Preview Mayday Parade’s new self-titled album". Alternative Press. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  20. ^ Bird, Michele (October 3, 2011). "Stream Mayday Parade’s new self-titled album". Alternative Press. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  21. ^ Tsai, Matthew (July 12, 2011). "New Mayday Parade to Be Released By ILG". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  22. ^ Newman, Jason (October 7, 2011). "Video Premiere: Mayday Parade, ‘Oh Well, Oh Well’". MTV. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Mayday Parade | Oh Well, Oh Well | Music Video". MTV. October 7, 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  24. ^ Beringer, Drew (August 23, 2011). "Mayday Parade Headlining Tour Details". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  25. ^ Bird, Michele (January 18, 2012). "Go Behind The Scenes Of Mayday Parade’s ‘Stay’ Video". Alternative Press. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  26. ^ Greenwald, David (July 31, 2012). "Video Premiere: Mayday Parade, ‘Stay’". MTV. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  27. ^ DiVincenzo, Alex (January 10, 2012). "Mayday Parade/We The Kings Tour". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  28. ^ Bird, Michele (October 17, 2011). "Mayday Parade announce UK tour with You Me At Six". Alternative Press. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  29. ^ DiVincenzo, Alex (April 4, 2012). "Mayday Parade Release "Stay" Video". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  30. ^ Mayday Parade (April 4, 2012). Mayday Parade - "Stay" [Official Video]. YouTube. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  31. ^ Common, Tyler (April 12, 2012). "Mayday Parade reach one million Facebook fans, release free download". Alternative Press. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  32. ^ Aubin (January 25, 2012). "Make Do and Mend, Vanna, Mayday Parade join Warped Tour". Punknews.org. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  33. ^ "BEYOND[THE]BLUE". beyondtheblue.jp. February 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  34. ^ Bird, Michele (August 6, 2012). "The Maine announce co-headlining tour with Mayday Parade". Alternative Press. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  35. ^ Mann, Tom (October 14, 2012). "The Maine announce co-headlining tour with Mayday Parade". fasterlouder.com.au. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  36. ^ Lymangrover, Jason. "Mayday Parade - Mayday Parade | Songs, reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  37. ^ Marshman, Chris. "Album Review - Mayday Parade". alterthepress.com. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  38. ^ Winberg, Pär (November 3, 2011). "Mayday Parade - Mayday Parade". Melodic. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  39. ^ Boy, Davey (October 10, 2011). "Review: Mayday Parade - Mayday Parade". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  40. ^ Larsen, Tim. "Mayday Parade - Mayday Parade album review". Rockfreaks.net. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  41. ^ Caulfield, Keith (October 5, 2011). "Scotty McCreery Poised to Top Billboard 200 With Debut". Billboard. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  42. ^ Hauck, Kiel (November 17, 2011). "Mayday Parade 21 October 2011 - Indianapolis, IN". PopMatters. Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  43. ^ "Mayday Parade - Chart history (Rock Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  44. ^ "Chartifacts - Week Commencing: 10th October 2011". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on October 11, 2011. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
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  47. ^ "Mayday Parade - Chart history (Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  48. ^ "Mayday Parade - Chart history (Digital Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  49. ^ "Mayday Parade - Chart history (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  50. ^ "Mayday Parade - Chart history (Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  51. ^ "Mayday Parade - Chart history (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 

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