2017 marks the 10th anniversary of a plethora of popular albums across several genres. But for the pop punk/emo genre it’s an especially significant anniversary. You see, 2007 was what many consider to be the peak of the emo genre. Bands such as Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Blink 182 and more were the biggest names in alternative music at the time.
One of the more iconic albums that has held up over those 10 years is Mayday Parade’s “A Lesson in Romantics” so when the calendar turned this year many were expecting a 10th anniversary album tour for it, and that’s exactly what they got. Mayday Parade swung by Boston’s House of Blues last Friday night to play to an exuberant and sold out crowd, blissfully reliving their youth.
Kicking off the three band bill, was UK pop punk outfit, Milestones. Relatively new to the scene the group put out their debut EP “Equal Measures” on Fearless Records for the first time in the US last summer. While opening for Mayday Parade, they played a 25 minute set consisting mostly of songs from that release. As well as one yet to be released track. Their set was high energy and the perfect compliment to kick off a pop punk show.
Up next was Knuckle Puck, who have already sustained a significant fan base in the US and continue to build that up. They played mostly from their debut LP “Copacetic” and had perhaps the most high energy set of the night, with a barrage of crowdsurfers coming over the barricade from the first song to the last.
Mayday Parade took the set to roaring cheers shortly after, and launched right into the energetic “Jamie All Over” followed by “Black Cat” two songs they typically close either their main set or encore with on most tours. Frontman Derek Sanders sat down on the piano for the emo ballad “Miserable at Best” a song to which nearly everyone in the room was either singing along to, or recording on their phone. Mayday would continue to play through the rest of A Lesson in Romantics before going into a second set of fan favorites.
The follow up set was started by Sanders performing an acoustic solo version of the Beatles classic “Yesterday” and then the first half of “Terrible Things” on his own, before the rest of the band joined in. After finishing up with that set, the band returned for a one song encore, playing “Oh Well, Oh Well.” Mayday’s stage set up was made to mimic the album cover of “A Lesson in Romantics” with cutouts of city buildings and street lamps adorning the stage. An intense light show accompanied the band throughout the night, the light show took the focus off the band members and put it more onto the music, leaving Mayday members in shadow for a good portion of the show.
It’s only been 10 years since A Lesson in Romantics was released, but you’d be surprised how many bands today have lost a step in the last decade. Mayday Parade however, is not one of them, they executed the album flawlessly and took a whole room full of 20’s somethings back to their teenage emo phase.
Photos from Mayday Parade, Knuckle Puck, Milestones - 5/5/17: