Mayday Parade was one of the many emo/pop punk bands popular during the mid-2000s. Many people would refer to this band and similar ones as their “middle school music”. Mayday parade, however, is not reserved for only middle schoolers since much of their current fans are college aged and older. Recorded early in 2007 and released on July 10th 2007, Mayday Parade’s first album, A Lesson in Romantics, is approaching its 10th anniversary. When long-time fans hear 10 year, 15 year, or 20 year anniversary they have a small heart attack due to excitement and begin reminiscing about the days when the band was soundtrack of their life. A Lesson in Romantics offers a collection of fast paced love and heartbreak songs as well as slow ballads. Lead Vocalist Derek Sanders uses his voice’s high range for the majority of the album as if yelling out to a loved one. In songs Miserable at Best and You be the anchor that keeps my feet on the ground, I’ll be the wings that keep your heart in the clouds, Sanders drops to a soft tone which brings the albums energy to a calm state. Sanders also shows off some soothing piano work in Miserable at Best, making the song more of a solo ballad filled with emotion. Lead Guitarist, Alex Garcia, stands out throughout the album with his fast and melodic guitar riffs. I’d hate to be you when people find out what this song is about and Black Cat offer longer guitar solos that boost the emotion and energy of the song. This album would fit nicely into a mix of top hits by bands such as All Time Low, We the Kings, The Maine, and Cute Is What We Aim For. You can catch Mayday Parade performing A Lesson in Romantics in its full this spring on its 10th anniversary U.S tour starting on March 23rd in New Orleans, LA.

Review By Emily Veilette

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