It might be a good idea for a band to have a name before they enter the studio to record their debut EP. Mayday Parade came up with their moniker while recording the '06 EP "Tales Told By Dead Friends."
The set sold well (50,000 copies) and led to the release of the full-length "A Lesson In Romantics," which became their bestselling effort, moving 200,000 copies.
Signed by Atlantic Records, Mayday Parade completed their sophomore set "Anywhere But Here." A short time later, vocalist/lyricist Jason Lancaster left the band for personal reasons.
"Anywhere But Here" did well, only selling one-thousand less copies than "A Lesson In Romantics," but peaked at #31 on the Billboard 200.
Mayday Parade released a six track EP entitled "Valdosta" (named after Valdosta, GA) in '11 and were later recognized by Songkick, a concert website, as the hardest working band of '10, with 194 bookings and 74,000 miles logged that year.
Mayday Parade's third album, a self-titled effort, also arrived in '11. However, the set suffered a significant drop in sales.
The group bounced back with "Monsters In The Closet," two years later. Featuring the tracks "Ghost" and Girls, " the album made its debut at #10 on the Billboard 200 selling 30,000 copies in the first week.
Next, Mayday Parade covered Bush's "Comedown" for the compilation album "Punk Goes 90's 2" and landed on the '14 Vans Warped Tour for the full run.
Mayday Parade's fifth studio album, "Black Lines," was a '15 release.
2007 A Lesson In Romantics
2009 Anywhere But Here
2011 Mayday Parade
2013 Monsters In The Closet
2015 Black Lines
2006 Tales Told By Dead Friends