Everyone, including me, seemed to think that there was no way Mayday Parade would be able to produce quality material after singer/guitarist/songwriter Jason Lancaster left the group. The band had done nothing to battle this thinking, releasing a mediocre cover of the Pussycat Doll’s “When I Grow Up” and the new song “Anywhere But Here,” which received a lukewarm response. For the first time though, I feel like we may have been too hard on the Tallahassee boys.
“The Silence,” Mayday’s new single off their upcoming album, Anywhere But Here, is barely a Mayday Parade song. The track is easily more modern rock than pop-rock, a change which fans may embrace or run from. Musically, the song is fairly interesting as well. The Lancaster/Derek Sanders-led Mayday had so much focus on melody and lyrics that it was easy to forget how talented the group was. Nothing about the song is groundbreaking or incredibly deep; it’s just a good song.
For the second time now, Mayday has shown a new song that is guitar-driven, something I thoroughly enjoy. “The Silence” rocks, with an opening riff and spacey verse that set up the power chorus spectacularly. Within one listen, I was singing along to “Every night she cries and dies a little more each time/say you love me” (don’t judge the words here, they sound GREAT in the song). Even better is that it makes “Anywhere But Here” seem like a much better song, now that we know it’s just an album track and not a single.
Even after “Jamie All Over,” “When I Get Home, You’re So Dead,” “Miserable At Best,” and the nine other tracks on A Lesson In Romantics, “The Silence” may be the best chance Mayday has at mainstream success. A look at the Billboard Hot 100 shows that besides the garbage R&B, rap and pop, the only real bands having success are Green Day, Linkin Park, Kings of Leon, Nickelback, and Theory of A Deadman. While seeing those groups in a Mayday Parade article might make you cringe, I see fans of those bands digging this song much more than the soooooo poppy songs the band used to put out. In no way, shape or form am I saying that this song remotely resembles any of those bands; I’m just saying that Mayday Parade could steal some of their fans.
But what do I know. Check it out above via a convenient YouTube video, or at their MySpace. The song is now available via all major digital media retailers. Anywhere But Here releases October 5th everywhere. Don’t forget to catch the band co-headlining the AP Tour this fall.