So it’s been almost two years of waiting for that Florida-grown pop-punk band Mayday Parade to release some new material after their severely underrated 2011 self-titled album. Well, the wait is finally over (kind of) because they’ve released the first single off of their upcoming album Monsters in the Closet called “Ghosts”. Don’t be fooled by its semi-lighthearted musicality, its lyrics prove that there is more than just how a song sounds and it’s definitely worth taking the time to really try to understand them.
Beginning with an almost funeral-like sound with organs and a choir, there is an impression that this is going to be a slow track (*gasp* Mayday Parade and slow songs?). As it gets past that relatively depressing opening sequence, the pace actually picks up quite a bit and then stays at a mellow beat for the entire second half of the song. Hmm, sound familiar? Everyone’s favorite emo rockers My Chemical Romance did the exact same thing in their 2006 hit “Welcome to the Black Parade”. Despite its really obvious similarity to a classic track, it’s pretty consistent to the work that that’ve put out in the past with a kind of rock opera feel to it.
The semi-lighter instrumentation (for them anyway) paired with lyrics of a deeper meaning is what really makes “Ghosts” something to appreciate. While it can easily be mistaken as a song about a failed relationship, it’s definitely a lot more than that. The “ghosts” that lead singer Derek Sanders sings about are those that pretty much anyone can relate to (unless for some reason they think they’re perfect). While he doesn’t actually name off these demons that he faces, he shows that he is conflicted between doing what is right and taking the path of his reckless past by giving a sense of the “ghost” and “you” as the angel and devil on his shoulders. There is also a sense of warning with the line “so go on love, find a new direction,” in which he’s giving those around him permission to leave him to his “ghosts” if he chooses that path.
“Ghosts” is a pretty solid song, but sadly lacks originality when it comes to its musical aspect. It was also kind of hard to miss the fact that there was a Monsters in the Closet name drop at the beginning of the song. However, the lyrics pretty much save it from complete dislike. Hopefully the rest of the album has more substance to it.