Music Around Town

Mayday Parade/Real Friends/This Wild Life/As It Is

When: Fri., Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m. 2015

Formed nearly ten years ago in Tallahassee, punk rockers Mayday Parade got off to a rip-roaring start. The band sold some 50,000 copies of its debut EP, Tales Told by Dead Friends, before inking a deal with Fearless Records (and then landing on Atlantic Records for a minute). Initially, band members played in two separate groups before they realized they’d be better off as a single unit. Singer Derek Sanders and guitar player Brooks Betts were in one band while the band’s other guitarist Alex Garcia and drummer Jake Bundrick were in another band. The group has just released Black Lines, its most nuanced album to date. The opening track, “One Of Them Will Destroy The Other,” features some killer guitar riffs and restrained-but-parched vocals. The song even includes a rather complex bridge that leads to a spacey section featuring squealing guitars and call-and-response vocals. Ultimately, it verges on prog rock and suggests the band has turned a corner to embrace more complex chord progressions and melodies. (Niesel)

Price: $25

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