Mayday Parade and The Maine

Every kid wonders what's in the closet when the lights go out at night. It's not about being genuinely afraid of anything either. Rather, it's the youthful wonder surrounding the unknown. What's behind the door? What's up ahead on the horizon for me? What will I be when I grow up? For Mayday Parade, their fourth full-length album for Fearless Records the aptly titled, Monsters In The Closet, answers some of those questions, while raising a few more with a smile. The Florida quintet knows its identity, but it's got more excitement for the future—and with very good reason.

In early 2013, the band—Derek Sanders [vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar], Jeremy Lenzo [bass, vocals], Alex Garcia [lead guitar], Jake Bundrick [drums, vocals], and Brooks Betts [rhythm guitar]—rented a beach house in Panacea, FL. For a month, they simply wrote songs without any distractions. Emerging from the creative exile, they hit the studio with friends and producers Kenneth Mount and Zack Odem with a clear and cohesive vision for album number four.

"Monsters In The Closet is a little bit of everything we love about Mayday Parade and more," declares Derek. "We try to expand our sound a little more outside with box with each record as we mature as a unit and become more comfortable in the studio. We didn't do anything drastically different. We know what works and what doesn't work, and we enjoy the freedom to make music that want to hear. I'm proud to say that this is my favorite record we've done."

That sentiment will undoubtedly carry over to the group's fervent fan base. These five musicians have honed their patented style with a distinct pop punch and a whole lot of real rock energy. It's simultaneously catchy and kinetic, evincing evolution in the songwriting department. You can hear it loud and clear on the unshakable first single.

Derek goes on, "I started writing some of the songs on this album years ago, so they are very close to my heart. It's wonderful to have ideas that evolve through each stop of the process. Most of the songs are about love and life, growing up, and all of the things we've learned along the way."

Mayday Parade has certainly come a long way since their landmark 2007 debut, A Lesson In Romantics. Most importantly, that growth shines through in the shimmering and soaring hooks, which abound across the offering's twelve tracks.

"When we recorded A Lesson In Romantics, we had only been a band for a little over a year," the frontman admits. "We've obviously experienced so much. I've known some of the guys in the band for over half of my life. We grew up playing together and appreciate the opportunity to do what we do. We try to work harder than anyone to keep our dream alive. Playing all over the word has not only helped us become better friends, but better musicians as well. Our second album, Anywhere But Here, was a key experience for us. We tried a lot of new things and they didn't necessarily work out as we had hoped. Recording that album showed us we could trust ourselves more and go with what we feel."

When Mayday Parade does what comes naturally, sparks always fly. A Lesson In Romantics debuted at #8 on the Billboard Heatseeker's Chart, holding a chart position for seventy weeks and laying the framework for the band's path to success. To date, their album sales exceed 600,000, while track sales surpass 3,000,000. Their self-titled third offering entered the Billboard Top 200 at #12 in 2011, and the band covered Alternative Press. They've been a standout on the Punk Goes… series and have crisscrossed the world on countless tours.

Now, these Monsters are loose, and Mayday Parade stand poised for the biggest and brightest chapter yet. "We want everyone to enjoy these songs as much as we do," concludes Derek. "It means a lot to us, and I know it will mean a lot to some people as well. We've been inspired by so many fans we've met. This is just as much for them as it is for ourselves. We're not stopping anytime soon either. We're on this ride together."

Despite sharing their name with a northeastern state, the Maine formed in 2007 in Tempe, AZ, a collegiate suburb of Phoenix. Most of the bandmembers -- singer John O'Callaghan, guitarists Kennedy Brock and Jared Monaco, bassist Garrett Nickelsen, and drummer Pat Kirch -- were in high school at the time, and the guys wasted little time turning their '90s radio rock band influences into a familiar, infectious pop-punk sound. The Maine signed to Fearless Records and released a five-song concept EP, The Way We Talk, in 2007. After performing on the Vans Warped Tour one year later, the group issued a full-length debut album, Can't Stop Won't Stop, which was produced by emo-pop veteran Matt Squire. The record peaked at number 40 on the Billboard charts and caught the ear of Warner Bros. Records, who signed the Maine to a major-label contract in 2009. After releasing a deluxe version of Can't Stop Won't Stop later that year, the group returned to the studio, eventually emerging in 2010 with the sophomore album Black & White.

"Playing propulsive pop tunes with a streetwise energy and rock & roll attitude, the Postelles are a four-piece group born and bred in New York City. Frontman Daniel Balk, lead guitarist David Dargahi, bassist John Speyer, and drummer Billy Cadden all met while they were attending the same high school in the Big Apple; they shared similar interests in music and played in a handful of garage bands, eventually putting the group together during their early college years. In 2007, the Postelles began playing shows and soon gained a valuable ally in Albert Hammond, Jr., guitarist with the Strokes. Hammond liked the Postelles' music enough to help produce a six-song EP for the band; the EP earned enthusiastic reviews and some British radio play, with BBC 1 disc jockey Zane Lowe spinning their tunes and praising the band on air. The buzz helped the Postelles set up a tour of Europe which included shows in London and Paris, and back home in the States the band was booked into two major summer festivals, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. In early 2009, the Postelles went back into the studio with Hammond to begin work on their debut album. The finished product didn't arrive until 2011, but the Postelles' self-titled debut proved to be worth the wait, earning strong reviews and paving the way for a summer tour." - Mark Deming, AllMusicGuide

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