It’s crazy to think that Mayday Parade have been at it for so long and while their anniversary tour for their debut album A Lesson In Romantics is a celebration of the band’s early beginnings, it’s more so a tribute to the dedicated fans they’ve won over along the way. The band can look back at the 2007 release with triumphant pride as longtime listeners eagerly awaited for when the Floridians took their 10-year anniversary tour over to our side of the pond.
“I had a dream last night we drove out to see Las Vegas,” the excited faces in London’s packed out O2 Forum sang along to the iconic ‘Jamie All Over’ as Mayday Parade kickstart what is about to be a walk down memory lane as belting out their first album in its entirety. Here’s the thing with anniversary shows, even though everyone is down for the nostalgia trip most of the time there are only a handful of tracks that create any sort of traction. That’s exactly why A Lesson In Romantics is special; there are no hits and misses when each track encourages an eruption from a crowd more than ready to sing along.
Arguably, for the Myspace teens who clung onto this record at thirteen years old, the common themes of heartbreak may not be something that can be directly related to first-hand experience. The glory of revisiting these songs so many years down the line just means they have now become even more relatable. As if no time has passed at all, the likes of piano-driven ‘Miserable At Best’ and the fan favourite album closer ‘You Be the Anchor That Keeps My Feet on the Ground, I’ll Be the Wings That Keep Your Heart in the Clouds’ tugged at the ol’ heartstrings in a way Mayday Parade has perfected over the years. (On a side note, remember the times when song titles were basically a paragraph long? Same.)
Even after the Tallahassee quintet ran through all 12 tracks, the night was not over quite yet. The band treated fans to some more hits like the excruciatingly heartbreaking ‘Terrible Things’ and the first track they wrote ‘Three Cheers For Five Years’. Mayday Parade are one of the few bands who have constantly delivered throughout the years, and their live shows always pack a punch. As we celebrate the past decade, Derek Sanders promises to come back to the UK time and time again, so long as fans keep coming back – especially for the 20-year anniversary in 10 years’ time.