Mayday Parade: Monsters in the Closet

Elyse Von Der Fecht

Mayday Parade is an American rock band from Tallahassee, Florida. Members of the band are Derek Sanders on lead vocals, keyboards and acoustic guitar, Jeremy Lenzo on bass guitar and vocals, Alex Garcia on lead guitar, Jake Bundrick on drums, percussion and co-lead vocals, and Brooks Betts on rhythm guitar.

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In 2006, they signed to Fearless Records creating their debut EP, Tales Told by Dead Friends, which was released Nov. 7, 2006. On July 10, 2007, the band released their first debut album, A Lesson in Romantics. A few years later the band signed to a major label, Atlantic Records in 2009 till 2011. They then recorded their second studio album, Anywhere But Here, released on Oct. 5, 2009. On March 8, 2011, they released their Valdosta EP. Their self-titled album, Mayday Parade, was released on Oct. 4, 2011. Mayday Parade’s fourth album, Monsters in the Closet, was released Oct. 8, 2013.

Here is what I think of their new songs.

“Angels”: The beginning of the song stats off instrumental then goes into lyrics. The melody is soft and slow.

“Demons”: It starts off with the lyrics accompanied by the drums and the guitar. The beat has a steady tempo.

“Even Robots Need Blankets”: The song starts off with the piano at a slow tempo, followed by Sanders’ vocals. Towards the middle of the song there is an instrumental part.

“Ghosts”: This song has to be my favorite one off this album. It starts off with the lyrics and in the background are harmonies of the lyrics that Sanders is singing.

“Girls”: The beginning of the song is very simple, having the guitar start along with the vocals.

“Hold On To Me”: This song is slow and has a steady tempo. I like the meaning behind the lyrics of what he is saying in the song. They fit well together and tell a message.

“Last Night For a Table of Two”: The start of this song is very strong and has a deep meaning.

“Nothing You Can Live Without, Nothing You Can Do About”: This song is unique because it starts off with a chant of words followed by the lyrics. The speed picks up throughout the song.

“Repent And Repeat”: This song is interesting as you listen to the lyrics that are being sung. The way that the drums are being played throughout the song is passionate.

“Sorry, Not Sorry”: For this song, I like the beginning and how it starts off. The title of the song is unique by saying sorry, oh wait I actually am not.

“The Torment Of Existence Weighed Against The Horror Of Nonbeing”: I like how they start off the song with the la las. The beat of the song picks up throughout and it’s great to listen to what the lyrics mean since the title of the song is interesting.

“12 Through 15”: The beginning of the song is interesting because there is a few seconds of whispering, which is hard to understand, but then kicks in with the lyrics. It’s a slow and steady song with the guitar and drums lightly playing along.