Album Review: Mayday Parade – ‘Sunnyland’


Well, here we are; over 10 years, 5 albums, 2 EP’s and lots of emotions later. June 15th, 2018, Mayday Parade is releasing their sixth studio album, Sunnyland, via Rise Records. The band has been teasing a few tracks off this album that started with “Piece Of Your Heart”, followed by “Never Sure” with the latest being “It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lighting”. 

Not sure about you, but I’ve been following Mayday Parade since the beginning. Rewind to 2006 when the band released their first EP, Tales Told By Dead Friends. Soon after, the band started recording their first studio album, A Lesson In Romantics, released July 2007.

Next came Anywhere But Here in 2009, the Valdosta EP in 2011, their self-titled album Mayday Parade in 2011, Monsters In The Closet 2013, Black Lines in 2015 and lastly, Sunnyland in 2018.

Over the course of the last 10-ish years, Mayday Parade has sold more than a million albums. Four of their releases have sold over 100,000 units each, with their most successful album (2007’s A Lesson In Romantics) selling more than a half-million copies.  They have 60+ videos on YouTube with over 1 million views, and their songs have amassed over 350 million streams in the US alone. 

Sunnyland is Mayday Parade’s sixth studio album and the first with Rise Records.

Track Listing:
1. Never Sure
2. It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated by Bolts of Lighting
3. Piece of Your Heart
4. Is Nowhere
5. Take My Breath Away
6. Stay the Same
7. How Do You Like Me Now
8. Where You Are
9. If I Were You
10. Stellite
11. Looks Red, Tastes Blue
12. Always Leaving
13. Sunnyland
My favorite track is “Looks Red, Tastes Blue”. It reminds me of the Mayday I’ve loved for years but also, a new sound. 

Cool fact: The Sunnyland title comes from an abandoned hospital where the band hung out as teenagers. “The hospital shut down sometime in the mid-’80s but then it just stayed there for decades,” says 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.” 

All in all, I’m extremely impressed and proud of Mayday Parade’s progress. Being a fan since the beginning, it’s great they’re still trying new things while balancing an aesthetic and sound reminiscent of their early collections. I truly hope everyone sees all the heart and hard work the band put into this album!

Fans can pre-order Sunnyland on the links below (their merch is pretty rad, so you can buy that too).

Mayday Parade – Website
Mayday Parade – Apple  Music

Mayday Parade will be headlining the last full-country run of the Vans Warped Tour located on Journey’s Left Foot Stage kicking off June 21st in Pomona, California!


Are you stoked for the upcoming album Sunnyland from Mayday Parade? Will you be seeing the band on the final full-country run of the Vans Warped Tour this summer? Leave it in the comments down below or hit is up on Twitter: @SpinThoughts!

TAGS: Mayday Parade | Rise Records | Vans Warped Tour

Taylor Wells
Twitter: @t_wells93

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