It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since Floridian pop-rock outfit Mayday Parade first made their mark, and now, following on from the success of 2018’s ‘Sunnyland’, the band are back with 3-track EP, ‘Out Of Here’.
Opener ‘First Train’ instantly oozes the band’s distinct sound with energetic guitar riffs and frontman Derek Sanders‘ vocals sounding the best they ever have. The track focuses on the idea of moving forward and blocking out negative things weighing you down, which feels extremely relevant to the current times.
This notion of moving forward continues in follow-up ‘Lighten Up Kid’, an anthemic track about standing up for what you believe in. It will likely be the song long-standing fans gravitate towards, as it has an air of their 2009 album ‘Anywhere But Here’ to it.
Finally, ‘I Can Only Hope’ is the gut-wrenching ballad on offer and it definitely dominates the EP as a song that’ll be relatable to anyone who has ever lost someone. The lyrics “I can only hope that the bleeding’s over now / I can only hope that the pain subsides somehow / I can only hope”
provide some form of cathartic release to saying goodbye, knowing that a loved one is no longer in any form of pain.
Whilst many of their contemporaries have actively over the years switched up their sound, and at times almost tried to escape their musical background, Mayday Parade has never needed to, which is a credit to their song writing talents. Although their music has always been emotional and relatable, at no point has it been cheesy or immature, and in turn has allowed them to continue with that powerful pop-punk/pop-rock sound that fans have continued to love about them.
At a time when the music industry is working very differently to what we know, it’s safe to say that ‘Out Of Here’ is the Mayday Parade stop-gap EP that we needed. Although coming in at 10 minutes, you’ll end this wanting more, and we can only hope that the band’s next full-length will be with us sometime in the not too distant future. If this is a taster of what to expect, it’ll be worth the wait.