MAYDAY PARADE

Psyko Steve & Lucky Man Concerts Present

MAYDAY PARADE

THIS WILD LIFE, WILLIAM RYAN KEY (Formerly Of Yellowcard), OH, WEATHERLY

Thu, October 11, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Van Buren

Phoenix, AZ

$28.00 - $32.00

This event is 13 and over

MAYDAY PARADE
MAYDAY PARADE
The sixth studio album from Tallahassee-based rock band Mayday Parade, Sunnyland gets its title from an abandoned hospital where the band members used to sneak in to explore as teenagers. “The hospital shut down sometime in the mid-’80s but then it just stayed there for decades,” says lead vocalist Derek Sanders. “It was a super-creepy place—it was overgrown with vines, and still had some of the hospital beds and IV stands—but we have all these good memories of hanging out there when we were younger.”

The follow-up to their acclaimed 2015 album Black Lines, Sunnyland finds Mayday Parade both reflecting on the past and pushing toward the future. The band recorded the album with longtime producers Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount, and also teamed up with Grammy nominated producer John Feldmann (blink-182, Panic! At the Disco) and Howard Benson (Of Mice & Men, My Chemical Romance) for the very first time. The result is an album built on impassioned vocals, sing-along choruses, and deeply heartfelt lyrics.
From the album-opening “Never Sure”—a tortured love song driven by blistering riffs and pummeling drumbeats—Mayday Parade instill all of Sunnyland with unbridled energy. Whether they’re taking on a folk-infused ballad like “Always Leaving” or channeling brutal punk fury into tracks like “If I Were You,” the band sustains an undeniable intensity. While much of the album explores personal matters like loss and love (as on the stirringly romantic, piano-laced “Piece Of Your Heart”), songs such as “It's Hard to Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning” emerge as an outward-looking burst of anger. “That song was written within months of Donald Trump being elected and came from feeling upset that something as horrible as that could happen,” says Sanders. “But even though there’s a lot of negativity on the song, there’s still a hopeful chorus, because I think we need to try to stay hopeful.” And to close out Sunnyland, Mayday Parade deliver the album’s stripped-back title track, a melancholy midtempo number that unfolds with graceful acoustic guitar work, delicate harmonies, and subtly detailed storytelling.

Since making their debut with 2007’s A Lesson in Romantics, the band has sold over 1.1 million albums, steadily amassing a worldwide following. Through the years, their chemistry has only
gotten more potent, with all five members now contributing to the songwriting process (and coming up with upwards of 80 songs in the writing sessions for Sunnyland). “When we started this band most of us were still teenagers,” notes Sanders. “We’ve obviously grown up and changed a whole lot since then, but through all that we’ve grown closer as friends and tighter as musicians. It’s amazing and incredible that we’re able to still do this, and we all definitely realize how lucky we are.”

Having gotten their start selling their CDs in the parking lot of Vans Warped Tour, Mayday Parade have now headlined the tour five times, and will play the main stage again this summer for the tour’s final run. For the band, each live show offers the chance to personally connect with the dedicated following they consider more like a family than a fanbase. And with the release of Sunnyland, Mayday Parade’s mission is to continue strengthening that connection through their uncompromising honesty and boundless emotion. “There’s a lot of sadness in these songs, but it’s always a good thing to get those feelings out,” says Sanders of Sunnyland. “So if there are people out there dealing with hard times, we hope our music can help them work through that, and come away feeling a little better about everything.”
THIS WILD LIFE
THIS WILD LIFE
This Wild Life have only been around since 2010 but they've already had multiple lives. The duo of Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso met as outcast drummers in their hometown of Long Beach, California, and eventually formed a well-received punk act. They started to notice that their fans seemed to gravitate toward the duo's acoustic material, which inspired them to form This Wild Life six years ago. Their 2014 Epitaph Records debut album Clouded saw them transitioning from stage dives to sing-alongs, and their follow up album 2016’s Low Tides showed the duo taking their songwriting to the next level by fleshing out tracks with expanded arrangements and inventive instrumentation.

The duo have lived with their records for the last four years and decided what they love and what they don’t about them. Early on in the writing process for Petaluma they made a mutual decision to make a record that felt brighter, more uptempo, and something they would personally want to listen to every single damn day. They limited the arrangements to only instruments that can physically be played. You would think having these limits in place would’ve confined them, but the opposite occurred. It opened the door to some of their most honest and explorative songwriting to date.

Suggestion from the band about Petaluma, “Listen to it loud with the windows down, on Sunday mornings when you’re cleaning up around the apartment, or throw on some headphones and find some comfort in its escape.”
WILLIAM RYAN KEY (Formerly Of Yellowcard)
WILLIAM RYAN KEY (Formerly Of Yellowcard)
OH, WEATHERLY
OH, WEATHERLY
We've all been there at one point or another in our lives. Revolving our lives, our universe, our everything around one singular thing. And in most cases, that one thing is a relationship. The idea that "I can't live without them" dominates your every thought and you do everything in your power to hold on. It's unhealthy. It can lead to dark moments and convince us that we just aren't enough. It can make us believe that we're not worth it.

That's exactly where Oh, Weatherly vocalist, Blake Roses, found himself not too long ago. An on-again/off-again relationship, that ultimately crumbled, consumed Roses, deeply influencing his lyrics on the band's new album, Lips Like Oxygen. Writing and recording Lips Like Oxygen provided the cathartic release and inspiration to move forward toward a path of creativity, positivity, and self-love. Never afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve, Roses turned to his best friends, guitarists Angel Bedoy and Reece Alan, drummer Colton Lakey, and bassist Beau Harris, to create an introspective, honest, and endearing album that is endlessly relatable and earnest.

The journey toward Lips Like Oxygen started in 2016, when Oh, Weatherly released their debut EP Long Nights and Heavy Hearts. After a whirlwind 2017, where Oh, Weatherly signed to Hopeless Records, released the acclaimed EP, Make You Bright, and toured the US extensively, the band traveled to Los Angeles to record their debut full-length with producers Jon Ludin, Brady Szuhaj, and co-producer Jake Bundrick (of Mayday Parade).

Channeling the pristine crispness of bands like Boys Like Girls and the emotional upheaval and cathartic resolve of bands like The Dangerous Summer and Pierce the Veil, Oh, Weatherly takes a varied and diverse approach to their style of pop rock. Never one to stay in one lane musically, tracks like the sun-kissed "Chasing California" explores the emotional tug-of-war between the highs and lows of a failing relationship with the catchy hooks of a summer pop song, while the scorching "Burned Out" shows a more aggressive side of the band, and the emotional ballad "Where Have You Been" (which features Roses' mother singing backup vocals on the second verse) tugs on the heartstrings of anyone that has felt the loss of a parent or loved one.

At the end of the day, Roses hopes Lips Like Oxygen can empower those who feel trapped and alone, "The album is a tribute to the lessons I have learned and to the people who mean/meant the most to me. I want to spread the message that you don't have to rely on anybody else to determine your self worth and the most important thing is to focus on personal positivity and on loving yourself." With fresh perspective and drive, and armed with ten deliciously infectious bops, Oh, Weatherly is ready to do just that.
Venue Information:
The Van Buren
401 W. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ, 85003
http://thevanburenphx.com/