Album Review: Monsters in the Closet by Mayday Parade

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Monsters in the Closet by Mayday Parade

Record Label: Fearless Records

Genre: Pop Rock

Release Date: October 8, 2013

Songs: 12
good good

Mayday Parade are an American rock band from Tallahassee, Florida. They came out with their first EP back in 2006 without the help of a label which sold around 20, 000 copies. Since then, they have released four albums and two EPs. Band members are: Brooks Betts (rhythm guitar), Jake Bundrick (drums, percussion, co-lead vocals), Alex Garcia (lead guitar), Jeremy Lenzo (bass guitar, vocals), and Derek Sanders (lead vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar).

opinionMayday parade are one of my favourite bands. And if you’ve ever listened to one of their songs, it’s obvious why. They have the ability to lull me to sleep with soft melodies and sad lyrics. Mayday Parade is the go-to band for anyone who’s having a shitty day and need to listen to some sad music. That’s how good they are. Which is why this album comes to such a shock to me and probably to most people. Where the hell are all of the sad, slow and depressing songs that this band is known for? Because to mu knowledge, there’s only one.

It might seem like I pick on bands because they decide to dribble in the mainstream crap, but I really don’t. I only pick on bands that use mainstream stuff too much and with Mayday Parade, the mainstream thing that they oh so love is using “oh, oh, oh” and “la la la” in every song. It also doesn’t help that on top of this, songs Girls, Nothing You Can Live Without, Nothing You Can Do About and Sorry Not Sorry sound overly crowded and too fast for the vocals. Speaking of vocals, on this album they aren’t as prominent as they are on their self-titles album. There are far less high notes and both vocalists sound a bit out of tune with each other.

The one and only slow song that sounds like Mayday Parade is Angel which is actually a beautiful song that has lovely lyrics. Each song starts off with a killer intro especially Last Night For a Table of Two which starts off with a sassy guitar solo that pulls listeners in, Even Robots Need Blankets with a lone piano and vocals, and Hold Onto Me with a duet that starts off sweetly. Songs are easy to distinguish and lyrics are magnificent as always, Monsters in the Closet might be different from their older stuff but it still has the same lyrical tone to it as the other albums and Ghosts, The Torment of Existence Weighed Against the Horror of Non-Being, Even Robots Need Blankets, and Angels prove this.

Of course, with time we outgrow things but I wouldn’t have thought Mayday Parade would outgrow depressing and slow songs. That’s their thing so they shouldn’t ditch it. Nonetheless, this isn’t a complete flop, it’s actually good and I recommend this to listeners that are new to this genre because there’s some pop songs mixed in that will appeal to that audience as well as some emo-rock that will satisfy older fans as well. Maybe with time I’ll learn to love this album and by time, I mean by Oct. 25 because I’ll be going to their concert.

3.5 Treble Clefs
3.5 Treble Clefs

Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Ghosts-4:49

2. Girls-3:29

3. Last Night for a Table of Two-3:45

4. 12 Through 15-4:59

5. The Torment of Existence Weighed Against the Horror of Non-Being-4:11

6. Even Robots Need Blankets-3:30

7. Repent and Repeat-3:00

8. Demons-3:37

9. Sorry, Not Sorry-3:31

10. Nothing You Can Live Without, Nothing You Can Do About-4:01

11. Hold Onto Me-3:22

12. Angels-4:21

Album Review: J.A.C.K. by Forever the Sickest Kids


 J.A.C.K. by Forever the Sickest Kids

Record Label: Fearless Records

Genre: Pop/Punk

Release Date: June 25, 2013

Songs: 11

Forever the Sickest Kids are an American pop punk band from Burleson, Texas. currently they have three albums: Underdog Alma Mater, Forever the Sickest Kids, and J.A.C.K. Band members are: Jonathan Cook  (vocals), Austin Bello (bass guitar, vocals), Caleb Turman (rhythm guitar, vocals), Kyle Burns (drums, percussion).



Forever The Sickest Kids are still sticking to their classic upbeat tunes and lyrics. This is a pretty fun album that I think a lot of people will enjoy. But only to a point. Songs have nice solos, great guitar riffs and mediocre lyrics that don’t really have a message except, “I met this girl and now I’m in love but we’re so wrong for each other.” Or “That bitch is cray/cheating on me.” So pretty much, nothing special. Still, a good album in the sense of something light and upbeat that shouldn’t have too much thought put into it.

There’s a lot of repetition going on throughout J.A.C.K. that after a while, the songs start to sound a bit the same, what I used to find exciting, the fun lyrics about crazy girls and love at first sight like in Playing With Fire, Nikki, and Count On Me now sound really boring after a few listens. La La Lainey is an odd song in the sense that it reminds me of other songs about the same thing, like Sk8ter Boi with ‘la la la’ sung in a techno tune. Which I dislike. A lot. Cross My Heart sounds too much like a facsimile of All Sings Point To Lauderdale by A Day To Remember to actually really enjoy it also.

Ritalin is probably my favourite song off of this record because of the message and it sounds a bit different from the others. There’s a sweet piano part at the end that I think ends the song really well and still keep it fun and upbeat. Throughout the album the songs are fun to sing along to, I must admit that Nice To Meet You, Nikki, and Chin Up Kid have great guitar riffs. My Friends Save Me is also a beautiful song that’s about friendship and happen times that everyone can relate to. It’s not very original, but it’s still fantastically sweet.

J.A.C.K isn’t a bad album. It’s not a bad spin on all those cheesy romances played in movies. I don’t blame Forever the Sickest Kids for putting in their two cents in for an overused and mainstream topic in music, all bands do it once in their lifetimes. It’s only that songs are just too similar and too light to actually think too much about what the song is actually saying. Nonetheless, it’s a pretty good summer album, music that a lot of people will like and want to sing along to. Favourite songs are: My Friends Save Me, Ritalin, and Nice To Meet You. 

3 Sexy Treble Clefs
3 Sexy Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Chin Up Kid-3:34

2. Keep Calm and Don’t Let Me Go-3:37

3. Nice To Meet You-3:34

4. Nikki-3:54

5. Ritalin-4:55

6. Kick It!-3:51

7. Playing With Fire-3:50

8. Count On Me (For Nothing)-4:12

9. La La Lainey-2:48

10. My Friends Save Me-3:51

11. Cross My Heart-3:19

Song Of The Day#5-Hold On By Go Radio

If you listen to Mayday Parade (another band) and you compare their albums, A Lesson In Romantics and Anywhere But Here, you’ll notice that in A Lesson In Romantics there are two lead singers. In Anywhere but here there is only one. I found out about Go Radio from checking out their Wiki page where it told me Jason Lancaster (one of the lead singers in MP) left Mayday Parade because of some issues with them and started his own band, Go Radio.

Hold On is off of Go Radio’s first full length album called Lucky Street. They’re recording their second album now called Close The Distance due out September 18th of this year.

The song, Hold On is just that. It’s about how tough life is and how we should be grateful for what we have no matter what because, in fact, we all are very lucky. Jason Lancaster is one of those guys who can write an amazing song full of meaning and about his life yet make it easy for other people to relate to as well.

My favourite part is :

Things in life well they could’ve been easier
And let’s make sure we fought for all that we leave with
And lessons we’re taught make sure we believe them
And promises kept all turn into secrets we’ll keep to our graves
Get down on your knees when
You feel sure the path ahead is about to end
You can never stop or you don’t exist
If you’ve walked your shoes away
Then just stop here awhile and just sit here with me and just hold on

You can listen to Hold On By Go Radio Here

Lyrics are Here