Mayday Parade: Look Up And See Infinity, Look Down And See Australia
In just a few hours from now (at the time of writing), Mayday Parade will slowly strut – or sprint without mercy – out to a packed Brisbane crowd on the first date of their massive six-stint Australian tour. It’s their second time Down Under in support of last year’s ridiculously perfect Black Lines, except this time, they’re in the headline slot, subjecting our brave citizens to a full hour of some of the most intense passion a band of their caliber can. Ahead of the show, we got drummer Jake Bundrick on the line to get a brief idea of what we can expect, what comes next for Mayday Parade, and how their debut EP holds up ten years on.
It’s officially tour week! What’s the vibe like in camp Mayday as you count down these last few days?
We are extremely excited to be coming back to Australia! It’s always been one of our favourite places to play: the people and the weather are always great.
You blokes are definitely no strangers to Oz. What is it about our crowds that set them apart from other countries’?
Australia has some very energetic crowds, and you are definitely all about the music. Soundwave is a good example of how supportive you guys are of bringing over artists, and just supporting the music scene in general.
When you’re not killin’ it onstage this time around, what are you most looking forward to getting up to?
We’ve done most of the tourist-y stuff, but we will more than likely do it all over again. It’s something we enjoy, and since we’re not here every day, it’s always a good refresher.
So you’re bringing The Early November out with you for this run! What makes them the perfect opener for this tour?
Those guys have been around as long as we have, and they are an amazing band. Their latest CD was amazing in my opinion, so I think they will put on a great set – just because of the amount of energy they bring.
The last time we saw you guys Down Under was last year, opening for Yellowcard – other than a decent bump in stage time, how does the experience differ between a headline Mayday set and an opening one?
The only significant difference, besides the time slot, is that we know the people sticking around at the end of the show are there for us, and they’re usually are a little more energetic. I don’t know why they would be more energetic when we headline versus opening, but that’s just what I’ve noticed.
“With our next release, we might go in the total opposite direction – who knows!”
This month also marks the one-year anniversary of Black Lines. Looking back, what has the past year been like with this album out in the wild?
It’s been a good record release! It was something different, music-wise, that we haven’t done before, so we knew it would take people time to get into it. All in all, though, I think it went over well. Now we just have to figure out what we are going to do for the next record.
Not to discount the other four albums, but I feel that Black Lines presented a massive step up in terms of what Mayday Parade, as a creative unit, brought to the table. As the band continues to evolve and your legacy expands, is it a case of wanting to explore and do as much as possible from an artistic point of view?
I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. We’ve done the same thing for about ten years now, so it was nice with the last album to do something different. With our next release, we might go in the total opposite direction – who knows! For us, it’s just about challenging ourselves and seeing what we are capable of as musicians.
So the trend seems to be that we get our impatient palms on a new Mayday album every two years. With 2017 just around the corner, have you guys started to plan out LP #6?
We have been writing individually, but we haven’t sat down as a band to show each other our ideas yet. We might take a little longer than usual to get this album out, just because we want to make sure we bring something to the table that surpasses everything we’ve done before.
With how far Black Lines took Mayday Parade creatively, where do you see the band going next?
We’re not sure as of yet, but I hope we explore some areas that we haven’t touched yet musically!
After this tour wraps up, you’re re-releasing the iconic Tales Told By Dead Friends EP! Ten years on, what does the EP mean for you all? Does it hold a special place in your hearts?
It’s very special to us because it’s the album the showed us that we had what it took to make this a career. It’s what pushed us to keep going, and then Fearless got involved and signed us to their label, and we’ve been doing it ever since!
“We are playing a little bit of everything this run, and that includes some songs from the EP as well.”
Has the EP been remixed or touched up at all?
We went back and remixed and remastered the album to try and bring it closer to today’s standards. Nothing crazy, but just a little touch here and there. We’re hoping we can introduce it to a lot of listeners that weren’t familiar with us in the beginning.
Is “The Problem With The Big Picture…” a newly-written song, or had it been sitting on the shelf, waiting for the perfect moment to drop like an atom bomb?
That is a newly-written song that we thought fit the style of the EP. We have so many different songs that we write all the time, that are either too different to ever release under the Mayday name, or too bland to be pushing the boundaries. This particular song we thought fit really well with the style of the EP, so we decided it would be good to add on as something new for the people out there that already had the EP.
Can we expect to see any love for the EP go down on this Australian run? It’d make for a killer extended encore!
We are playing a little bit of everything this run, and that includes some songs from the EP as well. We always like throwing in some stuff from every album.
What’s the best city in Australia, and why is it Sydney?
The best Sydney is Australia is Sydney, and it’s because of that sweet Opera House!
Have you ever done a shoey?
I have never done one, but we have witnessed it being done… I don’t think it’s anything I would *choose* to do.
What’s the best way to kill time in a tour bus?
Video games, writing, reading, and watching TV. It depends on who you ask, but probably one of those answers.
When it comes to fighting over the last piece of post-show pizza, which one of them (you) will destroy the other?
Derek likes his pizza, but if it was based around strength, Jake would probably take the last slice.
When you come across a native Australian demon-ass snake monster, who’s the most likely to bitch out, and who’s the most likely to go and pet it?
I think Jake or Alex would probably run first, and me or Brooks would probably be the ones trying to pet it. Derek would probably just watch.
Who, in Mayday Parade, is the most gay for Moleman?
I don’t know what Moleman is, so not sure how to answer that… Probably Jake.
Mayday Parade / The Early November
Thursday October 6th – Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane (AA)
Friday October 7th – Metro Theatre, Sydney (AA)
Saturday October 8th – Arrow On Swanston, Melbourne (AA)
Sunday October 9th – 170 Russell, Melbourne (18+)
Wednesday October 12th – The Gov, Adelaide (AA)
Thursday October 13th – The Astor, Perth (AA)