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Mayday Parade takes fresh approach with new album, tour

Mayday Parade is on tour promoting its latest album, “Black Lines.” (Courtesy of Fearless Records)

Mayday Parade is on tour promoting its latest album, “Black Lines.” (Courtesy of Fearless Records)

Stepping out of its comfort zone was something Mayday Parade intended to do when making its latest album, “Black Lines.”

“I think a lot of it was now we’ve been a band for 10 years and sort of felt like our album before ‘Black Lines,’ our fourth album, ‘Monsters in the Closet,’ we really enjoyed that album and that process, but afterward it seemed like we were maybe too comfortable with what we were doing and almost starting to repeat ourselves in a way,” Mayday Parade frontman Derek Sanders said. “We just kind of figured now it’s time to do something different, and part of that included going with a new producer at a new studio and taking ourselves out of our comfort zone and trying to keep things a little more raw and as close to live-sounding as possible over time try to do something a little bit different, I suppose.”

The emo rock band will be celebrating some anniversaries before it puts out another album.

“Definitely between this album and the next album, I think we want to do a couple special things,” Sanders said. “We have the 10-year of our first EP coming up. I think we will try to do something special around that and then the 10-year of our first album ‘A Lesson in Romantics’ is coming up as well, and we’ll try to do something nice and special for that as well. And (we have) a lot of cool tours coming up, some stuff that hasn’t really been announced yet, so I can’t really talk about it, but yeah, we’ll be staying busy. The next two years is pretty well planned out. We’re going to be staying pretty busy, but it’s great. I’m pretty excited about it.”

Sanders said that in 10 years the band has met one of its biggest goals and is humbled by its accomplishments.

“For a while, one of the big goals was to be able to play Warped Tour on the main stage, which we did in 2014 and that was one of the last big things that we were finally able to accomplish,” Sanders said. “I don’t know – I feel like wanting anything more than we’ve done I feel like it’s almost being selfish. We’ve been able to do so much cool stuff. The biggest thing that we want is just to stay out here doing it at this level for as long as we can and to make the most of it.”

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