Since day one, Mayday Parade has been coming up with songs that are not only catchy, but can tug at your emotions. Since their last album Anywhere But Here, which got a much more negative response from fans, they have been working on something to bring themselves back up. Their new song “Oh Well, Oh Well” does just the trick. They include the classic acoustic piano and voice trick, and one of their catchiest choruses yet. After listening just once, I could not stop humming it. In addition, it is also their longest song to date. Only one part got a tad boring, but it picks right back up again with the chorus and you hardly even notice that a whole four minutes have passed by.
Beginning with piano, Mayday Parade’s new single “Oh Well, Oh Well” can – at first – be classified as a serenade. Derek Sanders’ flawless voice makes the simplicity of the piano sound beautiful. However, ten seconds after you place it in the previously mentioned category, it (slightly predictably, but no less good) turns into the upbeat pop song that you expected initially when you pressed play.
Once the fast-paced verse begins, it sounds like a completely different song, and can be compared to a different band: We The Kings. The slightly pop-punk sound of the verses and the completely pop sound of the choruses is a tactic used by We the Kings, but is also not foreign to Mayday Parade. Another familiar tactic used by all bands of this genre is the subject matter: breaking up and moving on.
Corresponding with the soft piano are the lyrics “When you’re alone/do you think of me/ and my diamond ring/ thrown out to sea?” Implying he was ready to be with her forever but she decided against it. Then when the tempo speeds up, the lyrics are more “Oh well, Oh well,” as if he has reached the part where half of him is trying to move on, and the other half still struggles with wanting to go back. “Oh well, oh well/guess I’ll see you in hell” signifies his anger towards her, but can also be an over-used line in songs like these. In my opinion though, it never gets old, especially within Mayday Parade’s case because of their uncanny ability to portray such emotion, whether it be something simple or complex.
Besides the lyrics, the effects used in this song were well placed. The strings in the intro give it a more dramatic feel, and the bells in the choruses keep the angry/sad tone from becoming too overwhelming. They also include group vocals that give me chills. “It’s not the first time/ but this one really carved it in.” This group chant is one I could practically envision their next audience getting into, regardless if they are pre-teen girls going through their “first heartbreak,” or an of-age crowd that has truly experienced the feelings of breaking up that were so well stated in the song.
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