Mayday Parade - Black Lines (Fearless Records) 2015
It was ten years ago that these dudes from Florida started this band. Their progression over the years is just unquestionable, sound wise and as a group of musicians as well. Now they have a pretty loyal fanbase and at their fifth album they show how they still manage to deliver a refreshing effort. Forget the powerful pop-punk tunes you heard on Monsters in the Closet – their previous record released in 2013 – and give yourself to this new album that is a blast! Produced by Mike Sapone – which has worked with acts like Brand New, Taking Back Sunday – Black Lines is full of driving rock riffs with a lot of emotion-driven lyrics, which leads to more edgier and heavier songs. Derek’s voice is more dynamic and confident than ever. As a bonus, they got on board Dan Lambton of Real Friends singing on the opener “One Of Them Will Destroy The Other” which is a great way to start the record.