Mayday Parade Bio:
"If you're looking for fun music with catchy hooks, talented musicians and vocalists who can actually sing well, this is a band you need to check out."-Punknews.org
It is not even past noon and yet the hot sun is already torturing the hundreds of cars parked outside the Warped Tour gates in Denver. The seemingly endless line is just about inside, which means only one thing for the Tallahassee, Florida based quintet known as Mayday Parade: about ten hours of absolutely nothing to do but wait. They already spent the last few hours walking up and down the line of kids at the entrance making new friends and more importantly, new fans. When the show finally ends later that evening the boys will once again strap on their book bags full of cds and talk to anyone and everyone they can find. "The hardest part was the waiting. Most of the time our van would be blocked in and there was nowhere to go," says guitarist Brooks Betts. "It was too hot to sleep and except for a couple of times, we couldn't even get into the show."
By the conclusion of the 2006 Vans Warped Tour, Mayday Parade made 10,000 new fans without playing a single show. Now with 221,000+ MySpace friends, features in everything from Alternative Press to Outburn to Substream, and several nationwide and UK tours under their belt, the band is set to take 2009 by storm. After a fall run on "The Compromising of Integrity, Morality & Principles in Exchange for Money Tour” with All Time Low, Every Avenue, and The Maine, along with a major music festival in the UK and a stop in Japan with Paramore, under their belt as well.
The band formed in the winter of 2005 when two local Tallahassee bands, Defining Moment and Kid Named Chicago, decided to merge. The still unnamed collection of Derek Sanders, Alex Garcia, Jake Bundrick, Jeremy Lenzo, and Brooks Betts entered the studio with producer Lee Dyess and took under a week to finish their debut EP, "Tales Told by Dead Friends." While in the studio the band settled on the name Mayday Parade. As a band they would spend a lot of time climbing onto the rooftops in Tallahassee, especially when the winter parade was going on downtown. Alex, who was a fan of the word Mayday, made the suggestion that they name the band Mayday Parade in an effort to remember their time spent watching the hometown parades together from the rooftops. Everyone loved the idea and the name stuck.
It became clear that more touring was on the horizon for Mayday Parade after finishing the EP and selling over 10,000 copies while following the 2006 Vans Warped Tour. "Following Warped taught us so much about touring," says singer Derek Sanders, "and now we are traveling to places we have never even played and there are kids singing songs that we wrote. It's a pretty great feeling." Mayday Parade's hard work and dedication was finally rewarded in the fall of 2006 when the band signed with California based Fearless Records. "The dream had finally come true," remembers Brooks.