For those that couldn’t get to Good Things Festival last weekend, we have been blessed with a few of the bands coming through Adelaide. Tonight is Florida’s Mayday Parade, promoting the new album Sunnyland in arguably the world’s most sunniest land, Australia.
Up first to tantalise the ears are Sydney’s Yours Truly, lead by female singer Mikaila Delgado. In what’s been a huge year for the band, with spots to come on Unify and UK’s Download festival shortly, they take to the cramped stage at little apprehensive. By the time they move into their second song though, the band are performing like lions trapped in a cage, prowling to get out. At this point Mikaila lets loose, with the band following, and we start to see the magic. They banter with the audience, have a false start to the song Winter and finish gloriously with High Hopes.
Melbourne’s Bad Juju are late to the stage, a delayed flight pushing the show back. They don’t even warm up, they just get on stage and get right into it. Unfortunately due to time constraints their second song, Moving On, is their last song. They veer from rock to post modern alternative. The fact they didn’t warm up shows at times however it’s adds to the anarchic excitement of the show. Let’s be frank here, how much rock n roll can you get than turning up late, walking straight on the stage, blasting out two high octane songs and then leaving in a blaze of glory? The only thing missing was setting fire to the stage.
For Americans Mayday Parade, they are back after nearly two years with a new album. They make it clear though that they will go through all six albums of their catalogue delighting both newer fans and those on a nostalgic trip.
Opening with the new albums opening track Never Sure, a building emotive song, the first major audible movement from the audience though is for A Lesson In Romantics track Jersey, as vocalist Derek Sanders, trades vocals with the crowd. Naturally, it’s on the older songs that the crowd steps up as – the word-count targeted journalist’s dream – track titled It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Not Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning attests to.
The rocking Black Cat with a great melodic solo from Alex Garcia finishes the first blast of energy before the acoustic guitars, the lights on the mobiles and the ballads arrive. A quick 1,2,3 of tracks Hold Onto Me, Piece of Your Heart and I Swear This Time I Mean It gets the predominantly female audience reliving past traumas of love lost. This is no more perfectly displayed by a patron nearby with a t shirt which simply reads ‘Mayday Parade is an emotion’.
The band gets heavier again for a cover of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know and Anywhere But Here before the piano section of the set comes out. Sanders sits down at a keyboard with drummer Jake Bundrick, as we get all emo again for Three Cheers For Five Years and Miserable At Best.
The last hurrah is for Stay and Oh Well Oh Well and it’s clear this has been a successful rock show. The newer fans got to see their heroes, the older fans were transported back ten years in their life to when emo ruled the world. Tonight though was about that while we live in this Sunnyland, let’s not forget that to many here, Mayday Parade is truly an emotion.
Live Review By Iain McCallum