So, how long have I been following these guys? I have searched back and discovered I have been writing about these guys since 2008. How many interviews have we done? One? Two? The band that opens for every single pop punk act that comes through town had their very own Audiotree Session.
First let me give a shout out to Audiotree. Unlike Daytrotter who open up their hand for some cash to entertain, Audiotree keeps it free and keeps it stripped down. OK, they don’t do the cute cartoon version of the artist but so fucking what. I lost respect for Daytrotter long ago.
Which brings me to Mayday. These guys are worse than my old car in a snowbank. Spinning their wheels going nowhere and starting to smell from the effort. Derek Sanders is aging. His cutey pie look is getting lined. His awkward accent (what the fuck is that?) is giving him a comical sound and well.. .WELL??? What is up with you guys! Someone needs to give them a little nudge or a giant shove.
This four song Audiotree offering pissed me off. “Ghost” a beautiful song is so lyrically garbled that I wish it was intstrumtental. Seriosulys we need assistance in pronouncing words.
“Girls” gets better simply because the musicianship overshadows the words. I really think Derek is burned out. Its like he needs water. Dry mouth? Not sure but the pasty tone coming out of him is annoying and I LIKE this band.
“Jersey” are you with me on this yet? Do you hear the the too wide tongue? Odd isn’t it. Mayday is a great band that is aging too fast and loosing its momentum. They need to grow up like their fans have. They’re stuck in five years ago with ‘blackcats in backpacks’. They can be a pop punk starter kit but if they expect to gain a mature and more lucrative fan base, we need ot quit whning. According to NPR, emo is back.. according to Mayday Parade it never left. Not cool.
“12 through 15”, is the median age group of their fans. HA! I crack myself up. I’m not going to candy coat this kids. When I see and follow a band of years and I see they’re going nowhere I’m gonna tell ya and you can do with it what you like but I have seen this band over 10 times live…and its like Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day.. same thing, over and over.
“Oh Well Oh Well” the perfect closer. Oh well, they’re just Mayday Parade. One step up from local bar band. But as much as this makes me sad it angers me. They could have owned their genre. Bad management, bad planning, lack of motivation or just plain lack of creativity could be the problem.
I am grateful to Audiotree for offering up this series. It was good to see these guys up close like this. I am now more convinced than ever that they will remain an AltPress B grade band until they go on indefinite ‘hiatus’. Time to grow up guys, your fans already have.
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