Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Concert Round Up: Mayday Parade live in Manila 2014

Words by Manila Concert Scene

There was a time back in the early 2000s when every hormonal kid in high school wanted to be in a band. The measure of cool was defined by the number of gigs you played in high school fairs and how many worn out chucks and vans slip ons you had. It was the golden days of ‘emo’ as they call it. It was a genre that was noisy as punk but less fuck you and more ‘please love me or I will bleed to death.’ It was a time when hipster was not exactly something you wanted to be and the closest to the Alesso and Axwell EDM you have now was Ben Gibbard and this dude who sent him beats via postal service to lay poetic narratives of love lost and missed connections.

There’s a lot of sub genres in the emo world. There’s the heavier and really dark emo bands and then there was the light and cutesy coming of age (also known as the ‘at the cusp of puberty’) emo genre sub group. Mayday Parade seems to fall right in between the two extremities which made them very popular to everyone back then and until now have still garnered a pretty good following all over the world. 

There must be something about Mayday Parade’s Filipino fans (probably being a very emotional people) that we’ve been lucky to have them visit more than once. To be more exact, this was their fourth visit and definitely not the last time they come.

It all began when the American rock band from Tallahassee, Florida released their debut EP Tales Told by Dead Friends in 2006, and sold over 50,000 copies without any label support. It was after that that they signed on to Fearless. In July 2007, Mayday Parade released their debut album A Lesson in Romantics. A few years after, the band signed onto a major label with Atlantic in 2009. Their second studio album, Anywhere but Here was released in October the same year they went on board with Atlantic. Their third album, entitled Mayday Parade, was released in October 2011 while their fourth and most current album, titled Monsters in the Closet, was released in October 2013.

The Filipino fans were treated to a slew of new and old hits. Fans sang with their hearts on their sleeves singing at the top of their lungs lines that hit their very core at one point in time. It was a beautiful scene as the crowd sang in unison to soundtracks of summers, lovers and youth past. It was a monumental time for fans to revel in. It was at theis point that the reason for the band coming back was made very apparent. Manila loved them and they loved Manila as well.

This wouldn’t have been possible if not for the people behind Pulp Live World. If it weren’t for them, the chance to see these bands such as Mayday Parade and other groups would merely be dreams. Make sure to watch out for more wonderful shows by the good folks of PULP. 

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