caught up with Derek Sanders from Mayday Parade
to talk about their current album, supporting
You Me At Six and much more.
have just released your new self titled album
in the UK, how has it gone down with the fans
and press so far?
Derek: I think it’s all been pretty good.
The main thing for us is that we just wanted to
go and make a cd that we were happy with and we
loved. We’re all super pumped about the
album and then on top of that it seems to be going
over pretty well. People are saying that they
love the album and it’s their favourite
one. We’ve all received good feedback and
it’s always good to play the new stuff live,
themes and stories do you cover within the album?
Derek: One thing that is kind of interesting is
we did the faceless umbrella guy; he’s been
the character we’ve used for all of our
artwork. The actually wasn’t a story at
all for him, it was just the artwork that we got
and we just decided to keep using him. We actually
went back and wrote out this whole story explaining
who the umbrella guy is and where he came from.
The Oh Well video is like the first part of that
story and we’ll hopefully do something along
the way about it as well.
did you find writing and recording the album compared
to your previous albums?
Derek: This one was very different but it’s
been different each time we’ve gone in to
do an album. We learn along the way and at this
point I feel we were the most comfortable with
it, we knew what we wanted and what we didn’t
want and we knew what to expect. It felt like
we could just go in and focus on making an album
that we loved and it worked out great. I think
this has been our best experience in the studio
because there wasn’t any pressure from the
label where as when we were recording ‘Anywhere
But Here’ we were making the album that
the label wanted rather than the one that we wanted.
It makes it very frustrating and it feels like
you’re having to make a lot of compromises
and it shouldn’t be that way. So with this
one we just went in and we didn’t even have
anyone else even listen to it. We just did it
out way and I think that’s what works the
best for us.
are currently towards the end of a massive tour
with You Me At Six, how did this come about?
Derek: We met You Me At Six on the AP tour that
we did with The Academy Is and Set Your Goals
and we just instantly had a great connection with
them. They’re great guys and we hung out
with them again on Warped Tour and the Noise Tour.
They just asked us if we wanted to come over and
do this tour with them and it’s great to
come over to their home territory and see them
play here. It’s been an incredible tour,
we’re very lucky to be able to do this.
have you found the tour so far? Any highlights
Derek: It’s been incredible; I think Glasgow
has been the biggest show of the tour and that
one was wild. It was Matt from You Me At Six birthday
earlier on the tour and today is Dan’s birthday
so I expect tonight will be pretty wild.
are heading back to the UK in May for the Slam
Dunk Festival how do you feel to be coming back
to play these shows?
Derek: That’s gonna be awesome especially
as we did Slamdunk last year and it was so much
fun. There are a bunch of bands playing like Taking
Back Sunday that we’re really excited about
it so it means we look forward to it even more.
from the forthcoming Slam Dunk shows what do you
have planned once your current tour comes to an
Derek: Well like you said we’re doing Slumdunk
and then some more international stuff and then
Warped tour in the summer. In September we’re
doing South America which will be our first time
down there so I can’t wait for that. Hopefully
after that I think we might try to come back over
here in October, we love it over here so hopefully
we can come back and do something like a headliner.
bands get gifts from their fans, what has been
the best and also the weirdest gift you have received
from a fan?
Derek: Some people put a lot of work into their
gifts, they’ll make us scrap books or cool
artwork or someone once made us this really cool
quilt. We’ve had lots of really cool stuff
and we keep it at our bass players’ house
because that’s where we’ve always
kind of set up and practiced. I’m not sure
what the weirdest thing would be; we get lots
of candy and things like that and there is one
person who brings us these little windup toys.
I guess that we’re lucky that we haven’t
got anything too weird.
your opinion on the whole anti piracy laws going
on at the moment and how it will affect the music
Derek: It’s tough to say and I need to fully
educate myself on it but it seems like it’s
all pretty bad stuff. The idea of it sounds like
it’s not so bad but the things that it would
do seem like it would have a negative effect.
I think the internet is the craziest most powerful
thing and I think there is maybe too much freedom
with it. I think it’s better to try and
adapt with it as oppose to stop it. I’ve
been trying to read a lot about it recently and
this is all based on what I’ve read and
heard but it seems like a pretty awful thing.
do you hope to see May Day Parade in a year’s
Derek: I don’t know, at this point I think
we’re just happy where we are because we’ve
had three albums now and I feel like these days
it’s pretty hard to stay relevant. Obviously
our goal is to grow but more than anything we
just like doing this and we’re having a
great time doing it. As long as we’re still
doing thing and we’re having a good time
then I’m happy.
last random question that we ask every band, if
you could be an animal out of a zebra or Giraffe
which one would you be and why?
Derek: I’d be a giraffe because how awesome
would it be to be the only animal with an awesome
long neck. A zebra is just a horse with stripes
but a zebra would be pretty awesome as well
for your time is there a message for your fans
Derek: Thank you for the support and as I said
before we’re very lucky to be able to do
this. We’ve all played music growing up
so it’s amazing that we’re able to
make a career out of it so thanks for all of the
Interview by James Daly