ARTIST: MAYDAY PARADE 

TITLE: SUNNYLAND 

LABEL: RISE RECORDS

RATING: 9/10 

Here in the UK we’re being burnt to a crisp by a bliss amount of sunshine, marking the beginning of yet another ‘impossible summer’, and obviously, we needed a soundtrack for this.

With emo being revived from beyond the early 2000s grave, American emo heartthrobs, MAYDAY PARADE were at a risk. Either release another stellar record that builds on their already romantically brilliant discography, or try to move with the new trends and burn out forever. Luckily it wasn’t the latter. Opening track, Never Sure, is just as upbeat as it is heartbreaking. It’s the classic Mayday lyrics of teenage angst and love songs, however, lyrically it also a marking of the former emo princesses growing up. “I want to hold it like a newborn baby,” serenades vocalist, Derek Sanders, referring to his newfound love of fatherhood. It’s cringey, but it’s also a nice sentiment.

” Mayday has perfected with both charm and musical wonder what it is to capture true heartbreak.”

Would it even be a Mayday Parade record without a piano-driven power ballad? Whilst it feels like it’s a little early within the record to be dropping a teary track like, Piece Of Your Heart’, gang vocal galore makes it a track you’ll be hitting replay over and over again for. A potential break up playlist wonder much like the former, Miserable At Best, it seems that over the span of their thirteen-year career, Mayday has perfected with both charm and musical wonder what it is to capture true heartbreak.

However, the slightly dampening of good times and summer vibes is ultimately crushed in yet another heart wrenching follow up. We agree with the chorus on this one, “take us back to Sunnyland.” Take us back now before this record is too emotional for its own good. A quick burst of energy and quickly paced guitars brings us straight back up with, Is Nowhere, opening with a time signature that almost wouldn’t feel out of place on a Stick To Your Guns record. Other party gems and club anthem choruses are proudly displayed on How Do You Like Me Now, and the even catchier If I Were You, a hard-hitting pop-punk anthem that would even leave New Found Glory beaming.

“THE  angsty lyrics have progressed into a reflective look on what it is for our former teenage selves to have grown up…”

Overall, for an almost comeback (let’s face it, a lot of us dropped off the band as we too progressed into adults and slowly began to hide away our copies of, A Lesson In Romantics) it’s stellar, to say the least. The cheesy gratings of angsty lyrics have progressed into a reflective look on what it is for our former teenage selves to have grown up, the choruses are just as big, and the turbulent emotional rollercoaster that twists and turns between each track keeps us on our toes. This isn’t just another record to be proudly put away next to the rest of the band’s discography, but a shining 13 track piece that demonstrates just why Mayday Parade, and the genre they champion so well, is more relevant than ever before.

WORDS: GEORGIA RAWSON

SUNNYLAND IS OUT NOW VIA RISE RECORDS 

 

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