If there’s one band from out of the scene that’s had an insane amount of growth in less than a decade’s time, it has got to be Tallahassee’s own Mayday Parade. In just eight short years, the five Florida boys that could have effectively gone from a collective of unknowns to world-renowned rock superheroes. Their 2012 hit “Oh Well, Oh Well,” paired with self-titled album “Mayday Parade,” arguably shot the band to even greater heights, and now they’re back at it again just a year later with another full-length studio release in the form of “Monsters In The Closet,” and they’ve brought their ghosts, monsters, angels, demons, and robots with ’em for good measure.
Lead singer Derek Sanders joins up with Jeremy Lenzo (bass, vocals), Alex Garcia (lead guitar), Jake Bundrick (percussion, vocals), and Brooks Betts (rhythm guitar) for the sixth time in studio, and still, the merry band of boys exhibit for the umpteenth time that they still have some inventive tricks up their sleeves. Lead single “Ghosts” features an emotionally raw lyric and hook, with accompaniment by a backing choir that, when paired with the song’s killer solo, really adds something special to the album’s opening track. “12 Through 15” offers up a Biblical verse to the listener that opens up the track (Isaiah 14:12-15, to be exact) before transitioning into a surprisingly and delightful low-key track, featuring some fairly effective instrumental reverb that sounds truly haunting when paired with Sanders’ soft croon. Album closer “Angels” finds its beauty in its simplicity, with Sanders and Bundrick exchanging lines throughout one of the most emotionally rendering songs the band may have ever produced.
Throughout the majority of “Monsters In The Closet,” the supernatural/Biblical style in tracks such as the aforementioned three is also met in songs like “Demons,” “Repent and Repeat,” and a tad bit in “Even Robots Need Blankets,” crafting what can perhaps be perceived as the album’s main theme. It isn’t all that’s there, though, with Mayday Parade having tossed onto the record a few tracks that might be perceived by devoted fans as more purely traditional to their roots in terms of the basic context of each song. This much perhaps is best heard in second single “Girls,” which has to do with boys having to understand that “girls will never listen or learn,” which by all means is just as effective with its placement on the album as the other tracks present, but just having to do with a somewhat differentiated subject matter. With that, it can be easily and correctly assessed that Mayday Parade has successfully created an album that brings the traditional theme of heartbreak that made their past releases such hits whilst infusing it with an otherworldly freshness featuring allusions to ghosts and ghouls and angels and demons that makes it that much more appealing, smart, hard-hitting, and cutting-edge.
You can pick up “Monsters In The Closet” on iTunes right here and right now for just $9.99, or you can take a trip on down to your local Hot Topic or visit Target or Wal-Mart on the Internet to purchase a physical copy. Also make sure to keep up with Mayday Parade on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest on this band — and they’re ones to look out for. They can only go even further up from here!