Tales Told by Dead Friends

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Tales Told by Dead Friends
Tales told by dead friends album.jpg
EP by Mayday Parade
Released June 13, 2006
Genre Pop punk
Length 26:58
Label Self-released
Producer Lee Dyess
Mayday Parade chronology
Tales Told by Dead Friends
A Lesson in Romantics

Tales Told by Dead Friends is the debut EP from Tallahassee rock band Mayday Parade, released on June 13, 2006.


Mayday Parade was formed in the winter of 2005 following the merger of two local Tallahassee bands, Kid Named Chicago and Defining Moment.[1][2] Kid Named Chicago featured vocalist/guitarist Jason Lancaster, guitarist Alex Garcia and drummer Jake Bundrick, while Defining Moment featured vocalist Derek Sanders, guitarist Brooks Betts, and bassist Jeremy Lenzo.[2] Both bands previously practiced in the same building, before it occurred to Lenzo that it "made more sense if we put them together instead of playing separately."[3]

"When I Get Home, You're So Dead" and "Three Cheers for Five Years" were the first two songs the band wrote. The group realised they had "something special". The group recorded the EP "as fast as we could."[4]


It was originally self-released by the band on June 13, 2006.[5] The band followed the 2006 edition of Warped Tour, selling copies of the EP to people in line.[6] By the end of summer, the group had sold 10,000 copies of the EP.[2] These sales caught the attention of Fearless Records,[7] which signed Mayday Parade on August 29.[8] Fearless label president Bob Becker said the group: "were really believable, they were obviously good musicians, and they were really tight sounding. And we already knew they were hard-working."[2] Between late September and early November, the band went on the Text on the Dance Floor tour with Mêlée, Wheatus, Brandtson, Lakes, and Fall of Transition.[9] Tales Told by Dead Friends was re-released through Fearless on November 7.[8][nb 1]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[10]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[11]

The EP sold over 20,000 copies to date.[12]

"When I Get Home, You're So Dead" is the only song from this EP to be re-recorded with an electric guitar for their debut album, A Lesson in Romantics (2007). "Three Cheers for Five Years" was re-recorded acoustically for Punk Goes Acoustic 2. It was later released as a bonus track for A Lesson in Romantics. "Your Song" was later re-recorded acoustically for the band's Valdosta (2011) EP, with Bundrick taking over Lancaster's vocal parts. A vinyl version was released on December 2, 2013, limited to 1,000 copies.[nb 2][13] To celebrate the EP's 10trh anniversary, the band will go on tour in November 2016 where they will perform the EP in its entirety.[4] They will be supported by Modern Chemistry.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Jason Lancaster unless noted; all music written by Mayday Parade.

  1. "Just Say You're Not into It" – 4:21
  2. "When I Get Home, You're So Dead" – 3:29
  3. "One Man Drinking Games" – 4:39
  4. "Your Song" – 3:57
  5. "Three Cheers for Five Years" (Jake Bundrick) – 5:39
  6. "The Last Something That Meant Anything" – 4:53


Personnel per booklet.[15]

Mayday Parade
  • Lee Dyess – producer
  • Jerrod Landon Porter - cover art


  1. ^ U.S. Fearless FRL 30095-2
  2. ^ U.S. Fearless MDP0TALE00-DL
  1. ^ Apar, Corey. "Mayday Parade | Biography". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 6 May 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Mayday Parade". Billboard. August 29, 2008. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Punk Rockers Mayday Parade Return with Their Most Nuanced Album to Date". Cleveland Scene. October 16, 2005. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Sharp, Tyler (July 27, 2016). "Mayday Parade announce ‘Tales Told By Dead Friends’ 10-year tour". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20061015174915/http://www.fearlessrecords.com/viewband.php?band_id=31&rel_id=47
  6. ^ Erickson 2007, p. 13
  7. ^ Pryor, Terrance (December 30, 2014). "Mayday Parade: From following Warped Tour to selling out shows". AXS. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Aubin (August 29, 2006). "Fearless signs Mayday Parade". Punknews.org. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ Tao, Paul (September 12, 2006). "Melee's Upcoming Tour Dates". AbsolutePunk.net. Archived from the original on July 18, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ Apar, Corey (2006-11-07). "Tales Told by Dead Friends - Mayday Parade | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 
  11. ^ MacNeil, Jason (January 31, 2007). "Tales Told by Dead Friends". PopMatters. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  12. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20070606133615/http://www.fearlessrecords.com/viewband.php?band_id=31#self
  13. ^ "Mayday Parade – Tales Told By Dead Friends (Yellow/Black Vinyl)". Fearless Records. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  14. ^ Sayer, Harry (July 27, 2016). "Alt-rock band Mayday Parade will kick off new tour in Orlando this fall". Orlando Weekly. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  15. ^ Tales Told by Dead Friends (Booklet). Mayday Parade. Mayday Parade (self-released). 2006. 

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