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Mayday Parade – Black Lines | Album Review

Have pop punkers Mayday Parade still got that spark they started out with? Check out what we had to say about their brand new album, Black Lines.

Mayday Parade - Black Lines

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Mayday Parade: Everyone’s favourite emo band, who played their way through the golden age of the ‘scene’ with their debut album, A Lesson In Romantics, and its follow up, Anywhere But Here. The Floridian quintet are still at it, despite the change in times and tastes, and come October 9th the band will release their fifth studio album, Black Lines.

Enlisting the help of Dan Lambton of Real Friends, the first track listeners are treated to is the first single of the album — ‘One Of Them Will Destroy The Other‘. There’s no doubt that Mayday Parade are rocking a much heavier sound than they have in previous releases with this track, but it’s something that works nevertheless and gives the band an opportunity to reach out to new kinds of fans. Next up is ‘Just Out Of Reach‘ which reverts back to old school Mayday Parade, which is something that longtime fans will appreciate. So, within the first two songs alone we already see the band being innovative, but also sticking to their roots.

Hollow‘ showcases a dark, sultry quality to the record, which is then followed up by acoustic gem, ‘Letting Go‘ which gives lead singer Derek Sanders the opportunity to truly shine with not only his vocals, but his song-writing capabilities too. ‘Let’s Be Honest‘ and ‘Keep In Mind, Transmogrification Is A New Technology‘ carry things on in true, expected Mayday Parade style, then listeners are presented with the haunting ‘Narrow‘, which could be considered Black Lines‘ answer to ‘Terrible Things‘.

The album starts to come to an end with ‘Until You’re Big Enough‘, which comes complete with an intricate guitar intro and relatable lyrics that will draw in new, teenage fans for the band, yet also have their older fans reverting back to their youth. ‘Look Up and See Infinity, Look Down and See Nothing‘ and ‘One Of Us‘ then finalise things, with the former sounding nothing like anything we’ve heard from Mayday Parade before, and the latter giving us a good dose of familiarity.

As a whole, this album is not entirely cohesive. Mayday Parade certainly have an indecisiveness about whether they want to stick to what they know or venture out in to unfamiliar territories, proved by half the record sounding like version 2.0 of A Lesson In Romantics, and half sounding like version 2.0 of Mayday Parade full stop. A result of not wanting to let down their fans, but not wanting to be labelled ‘same-y’ either, the band have put together this record which is not bad, but not jaw-droppingly spectacular either thanks to how detached it is.

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