There’s nothing quite like a new Mayday Parade album. For more than a decade, Florida’s favourite sons have been exploring the regions of their sonic universe, arriving at Sunnyland, an album that comes from some of the furthest reaches yet. So far, we’ve been gifted with the delicate, but anthemic Piece Of Your Heart and the much more rough and tumble Never Sure, together setting up an album that’s going to have us banging our heads, and holding them pensively in equal measure.
To achieve all this, Mayday retraced their steps, looking back on their roots not just for lyrical inspiration, but to help with some of the heavy lifting – the band teamed up with Kenneth Mount and Zack Odom, whose fingerprints can be found all over 2007’s A Lesson In Romantics. No doubt combining their past with their present, and their future was somewhat of a head trip for the band given that they’re all, well, human.
With the album now mere moments away, we offered the bands bassist Jeremy Lenzo the opportunity to reach out to his former self, the version that was yet to begin work on Sunnyland, to forewarn him of all that was to come, à la Ooh La La.
Obviously Jeremy was down.
I know how you will handle this so you might want to sit down.
I am writing you from the future and I am you.
I am you exactly one year in the future.
I know you have a lot of questions, but don’t think on it too much.
Next year on this day you will know the truth, and then you can decide what you want to do.
I just wanted to say I know you’re working on a lot of music right now, and you’re worried about what songs to use, but just follow your gut.
The album isn’t out yet in my time, but people seem to like what they’re hearing, so I think we’re doing something right.
I know you’re getting ready to meet up with the guys, but that first writing trip you do
is a little pointless so maybe skip that one and just do the second.
You are going to be talking about producers soon and you’re going to end up doing a lot of different things and then going to Zack and Ken.
If you go to them in the beginning you’ll save a lot of time and be happy with the results.
Most of all have fun with the process and don’t sweat the small stuff.
I know you’ll have fun either way but it never hurts to be reminded how lucky we are to be doing this.
My times almost up here, I can only write so much before it starts erasing.
Sunnyland is out Friday, June 15.