This week’s ‘Artist of the Week’ is ~Andykittensocks! If you don’t know who she is, andykittensocks is just an average girl, living in the United Kingdom!
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This week’s song is Wooly by Breathe Carolina. This song was suggested by ~Col912! You can listen to the song below or suggest a song for an upcoming “Song Of The Week”.
This week’s Band Of The Week is Mayday Parade.
“”If you’re looking for fun music with catchy hooks, talented musicians and vocalists who can actually sing well, this is a band you need to check out.”-Punknews.org
It is not even past noon and yet the hot sun is already torturing the hundreds of cars parked outside the Warped Tour gates in Denver. The seemingly endless line is just about inside, which means only one thing for the Tallahassee, Florida based quintet known as Mayday Parade: about ten hours of absolutely nothing to do but wait. They already spent the last few hours walking up and down the line of kids at the entrance making new friends and more importantly, new fans. When the show finally ends later that evening the boys will once again strap on their book bags full of cds and talk to anyone and everyone they can find. “The hardest part was the waiting. Most of the time our van would be blocked in and there was nowhere to go,” says guitarist Brooks Betts. “It was too hot to sleep and except for a couple of times, we couldn’t even get into the show.”
By the conclusion of the 2006 Vans Warped Tour, Mayday Parade made 10,000 new fans without playing a single show. Now with 221,000+ MySpace friends, features in everything from Alternative Press to Outburn to Substream, and several nationwide and UK tours under their belt, the band is set to take 2009 by storm. After a fall run on “The Compromising of Integrity, Morality & Principles in Exchange for Money Tour” with All Time Low, Every Avenue, and The Maine, along with a major music festival in the UK and a stop in Japan with Paramore, under their belt as well.
The band formed in the winter of 2005 when two local Tallahassee bands, Defining Moment and Kid Named Chicago, decided to merge. The still unnamed collection of Derek Sanders, Alex Garcia, Jake Bundrick, Jeremy Lenzo, and Brooks Betts entered the studio with producer Lee Dyess and took under a week to finish their debut EP, “Tales Told by Dead Friends.” While in the studio the band settled on the name Mayday Parade. As a band they would spend a lot of time climbing onto the rooftops in Tallahassee, especially when the winter parade was going on downtown. Alex, who was a fan of the word Mayday, made the suggestion that they name the band Mayday Parade in an effort to remember their time spent watching the hometown parades together from the rooftops. Everyone loved the idea and the name stuck.
It became clear that more touring was on the horizon for Mayday Parade after finishing the EP and selling over 10,000 copies while following the 2006 Vans Warped Tour. “Following Warped taught us so much about touring,” says singer Derek Sanders, “and now we are traveling to places we have never even played and there are kids singing songs that we wrote. It’s a pretty great feeling.” Mayday Parade’s hard work and dedication was finally rewarded in the fall of 2006 when the band signed with California based Fearless Records. “The dream had finally come true,” remembers Brooks. “It was like reaching the final step at the top of a very long set of stairs. And Fearless believed in us and admired what we had accomplished on our own.”
In September 2006, Mayday Parade embarked on their first full U.S. tour with Brandston and Melee, followed by a second U.S. tour with Plain White T’s. Having sold over 20,000 copies of the EP, Mayday was ready to get back into the studio. In January and February of 2007 the band entered the studio with producers Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount (Cartel, All Time Low) and the tracks were mixed by Mark Needham (My Chemical Romance, The Academy Is). The new record, entitled “A Lesson in Romantics,” showcases the band’s maturity and growth. The songs are much deeper and more powerful than those on the EP but still have that irresistible catchiness that made thousands of people fall in love with the band to begin with. Making its debut in July of 2007, the album was received with enthusiasm. Dubbed “the best album to come out this year” by the MTV GirlsGonePunk Blog, “A Lesson in Romantics” has sold nearly 45,000 copies and reached #1 on both Absolute Punk’s King of the Hill Feature, #1 on PureVolume.com and #1 on SmartPunk.com.
After their album’s release, Mayday Parade co-headlined a tour with Bedlight for Blue Eyes, hit the stages of the Vans Warped Tour, and have since toured with As Cities Burn, Paramore, Madina Lake, All Time Low, and Emery. Not only has Mayday made the cover of Substream Magazine and Campus Activities Magazine, they’ve been featured in Spin, AMP, Pollstar, and Alternative Press Magazine. The band’s music video for “When I Get Home, You’re So Dead” premiered on the front page of MySpace music, garnering more than 75,000 plays in just two days. With this kind of attention, it’s easy to see why Mayday’s tunes are being spun on radio stations across the country, from Chicago’s WKQX to Orlando’s WOCL.
When meeting Mayday Parade for the first time there is one deniable truth: the band does everything for each other. “My favorite part of being in Mayday Parade is the people I’m playing music with,” says bassist Jeremy Lenzo. “The dedication is always there.” The boys are always having fun, never taking anything too seriously and this positive energy shines in their live show. One finds it nearly impossible not to smile while watching Mayday Parade perform their always fun, energetic set.
Mayday Parade will not leave your stereo. Once the honesty of their lyrics and the power of their music enters your head, not only will it be stuck there for days, but you will find yourself making strides to keep it there intentionally.
“It was Brooks’ birthday the night that we flipped our brand new trailer heading from Wisconsin to Minnesota,” remembers drummer Jake Bundrick. “The girl who was driving for us almost hit a deer and lost control. All I remember is looking out the window and seeing the trailer next to the van instead of behind it. Our cds were all over the highway… but that didn’t stop us.” If countless hours in the boiling sun, sleeping in the van, overnight drives, and five day camping stints on the side of the highway could not stop them, you can be sure that nothing will derail their success.
Let Mayday Parade’s hard work and dedication ring true in an industry where so many bands expect to have everything handed to them”
Genre: Alternative Rock Years on Fearless Records: 2006-present Latest Release: Mayday Parade All Releases: Tales Told by Dead Friends, A Lesson in Romantics, Anywhere But Here, Valdosta, Mayday Parade Current Members: Derek Sanders, Jeremy Lenzo, Alex Garcia, Brooks Betts, Jake Bundrick
Sorry not taking requests for band of the week unless you are a contributor or co-founder.
Alesana announced their upcoming fourth studio album entitled A Place Where the Sun Is Silent, set to see a United States release on October 18, 2011. This album will be released through Epitaph Records.
Act One: The Gate
1. The Dark Wood of Error 2. A Forbidden Dance 3. Hand in Hand with the Damned 4. Beyond the Sacred Glass 5. The Temptress 6. Circle VII: Sins of the Lion 7. Vestige 8. Lullaby of the Crucified
Act Two: The Immortal Sill
1. Before Him All Shall Scatter 2. Labyrinth 3. The Fiend 4. Welcome to the Vanity Faire 5. The Wanderer 6. A Gilded Masquerade 7. The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Marionettes 8. And Now for the Final Illusion
A Place Where The Sun Is Silent is also available for pre-order now.
Artist vs Poet’s cover of Niki Minaj’s song Super Bass will be released this Tuesday! A new original song by AVP will be released this upcoming October.
Blessthefall announced their upcoming third studio album entitled Awakening, set to see a United States release on October 4, 2011
01. Awakening 02. Promised Ones 03. Bottomfeeder 04. I’m Bad News, In The Best Way 05. The Reign 06. 40 Days… 07. Bones Crew 08. Don’t Say Goodbye 09. Undefeated 10. ‘Till The Death Of Me 11. Flatline 12. Meet Me At The Gates
Breathe Carolina released a video for their song Blackout off their latest release Hell Is What You Make It. Check It Out!
The Fearless Friends Tour was announced today. It’s headlined this year by Blessthefall with support from The Word Alive, Motionless In White, Chunk! No Captain Chunk! and Tonight Alive. Dates are below.
11.09 Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre 11.10 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre 11.11 San Diego, CA @ SOMA 11.12 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse 11.13 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades 11.14 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre 11.15 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon 11.16 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory 11.18 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound 11.19 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater 11.20 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater 11.21 Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4 11.22 Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge 11.23 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick 11.24 Toronto, ON @ Opera House 11.25 Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe 11.26 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre 11.27 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium 11.29 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre 11.30 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s 12.01 Towson, MD @ Recher Theater 12.02 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts 12.03 Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club 12.04 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend 12.05 Orlando, FL @ Firestone 12.06 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution 12.08 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade 12.09 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown 12.10 St. Louis, MO @ Pop’s 12.11 Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee 12.12 Dallas, TX @ The Door 12.13 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live 12.14 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit 12.15 El Paso, TX @ Open Gate Church 12.16 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee Theatre
The Fearless Records Crew is looking for recruits! Many band members are “available” such as Eric Lambert & Jared Warth of blessthefall, Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade, Michael “Jag” Jagmin & Kyle Simmons of A Skylit Drive, all of Pierce The Veil (minus Vic) as well as many, many others. Join today. (Must follow rules to join and must be a member of fansoffearbands, either on here or deviantart & if from here state your from tumblr)
Go Radio is releasing a Deluxe Edition of their latest release Lucky Street. It will be avaible in the United States on October 24, 2011.
1. Lucky Street 2. Any Other Heart 3. Singing with the King 4. Goodnight Moon 5. Strength to Stay 6. Swear It Like You Mean It 7. Why I’m Home 8. Kill the Beast 9. Hold On 10. Forever My Father 11. Fight, Fight (Reach for the Sky) 12. House of Hallways 13. Redemption in the Verse 14. The Truth Is 15. Ready Or Not 16. Stay Gone 17. Worth It All The While 18. Any Other Heart (Demo) 19. Rolling in the Deep (Adele cover) 20. Forever My Father (Feat. Erin and Daniel Lancaster) 21. Goodnight Moon (Demo) 22. Thanks For Nothing (Piano Version) 23. Any Other Heart (Music Video)
Mayday Parade announced their upcoming third studio album entitled Mayday Parade, set to see a United States release on October 4, 2011.
1. Oh Well, Oh Well 2. No Heroes Allowed 3. When You See My Friends 4. You’re Dead Wrong 5. Priceless 6. Stay 7. Call Me Hopeless, Not Romantic 8. A Shot Across the Bow 9. Everything’s an Illusion 10. I’d Rather Make Mistakes Than Make Nothing at All 11. Without the Bitter the Sweet isn’t as Sweet 12. Happy Endings Are Stories that Haven’t Ended Yet
Mayday Parade is currently available for pre-order!
The next installment of the Punk Goes Series will be (once again) Punk Goes…Pop 4! This will hit United State’s shelves on November 22, 2011.
1. Yeah 3x (Chris Brown) by Allstar Weekend 2. Love The Way You Lie (Eminem featuring Rihanna) by A Skylit Drive 3. We R Who We R (Ke$ha) by Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! 4. You Belong With Me (Taylor Swift) by For All Those Sleeping 5. Rolling In The Deep (Adele) by Go Radio 6. Till The World Ends (Britney Spears) by I See Stars 7. Just The Way You Are (Bruno Mars) by Pierce The Veil 8. Runaway (Kayne West) by Silverstein 9. Fuck You! (Cee-lo Green) by Sleeping With Sirens 10. Super Bass (Nicki Minaj) by The Downtown Fiction 11. Roll Up (Wiz Khalifa) by The Ready Set 12. Little Lion Man (Mumford & Sons) by Tonight Alive 13. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (Katy Perry) by Woe, Is Me
So if you dream what’s the last dream that you had that contained any band member? Plus 50 internet points if it was a Fearless Record’s band member! I wanna hear stories. lol.
My Answer: Seriously I haven’t been dreaming recently.
“Nobody prays for the heartless. Nobody gives another penny for the selfish. You’re learning how to taste what you kill now. Don’t mind me, I’m just reaching for your necklace. Talking to my mom about this little girl from Texas.”