By Lexie Pitzen | Photo: Mayday Parade on Facebook
It might not be obvious, but Tallahassee has a huge alternative and indie rock scene. Local coffee shops and bars host indie artists a few times a week, and hundreds of local acts congregate at alternative/indie festivals like Gaines Street Fest. In fact, many popular alternative bands have roots in Tallahassee.
And, if you went through an emo phase like I did, you probably know about 1 of them.
Mayday Parade, a popular alternative band that was formed in Tallahassee in 2005, is coming home to play a show at The Moon on Nov 3, 2019. Earlier this fall, the band announced the show, which will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2nd studio album, “Anywhere But Here.” “In 2009 we released Anywhere But Here,” the band announced on Twitter. “It’s now 2019 and we’re stoked to say we’re bringing the full album to you live!”
Mayday Parade formed when 2 Tallahassee bands, Kid Named Chicago and Defining Moment, joined together. The band was initially made up of Derek Sanders, Jason Lancaster, Jeremy Lenzo, Jake Bundrick, Alex Garcia, and Brooks Betts. Lancaster later left Mayday Parade and formed another alternative band.
Mayday Parade released their first album, “A Lesson in Romantics” in 2007. “Anywhere But Here” followed in 2009, “Valdosta” in 2011, “Monsters in the Closet” in 2013, and “Black Lines” in 2015. Most recently, in 2018, they released “Sunnyland,” the title a tribute to the “Sunnyland” area of Tallahassee and an abandoned children’s hospital.
The band last came back to Tallahassee on October 2, 2018, to play the very first show of their “Welcome to Sunnyland” tour at The Moon. Over this summer, for their “Sad Summer Festival” tour, the band played shows in front of a graphic reading “Mayday Parade is an emotion.” In those five words, the band tapped into the quality that has kept their fans around as popular radio has shifted far from Mayday Parade’s style.
This show gives local fans the chance to experience the beloved album live in the band’s hometown. To experience Mayday Parade for yourself, add the band’s show at The Moon to your calendar. Tickets are on sale now!