hmv reviews… Mayday Parade @ London's KOKO
Florida's Mayday Parade might look like they've just graduated from high school, but they are actually touring their fourth album Monsters in the Closet right now. Pop punk through and through, they work in a competitive genre and haven't enjoyed the same breaks as many of their peers. Instead they've toured relentlessly and built up a loyal fanbase slowly and surely.
Thing is, all that hard work has started to add up, it feels like they're suddenly filling bigger venues and leaping up festival bills.
All this was on show on Friday night (February 7) when they returned to London and a sold-out KOKO. Here's what went down…
Mayday Parade. Pop punkers from the sunshine state.
London's KOKO. Lovely venue, quite hard to get a good view if you're anywhere but the floor mind…
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
As sold out as sold out can be. The crowd were beyond rabid, with the singing along matching the levels of the band throughout the set.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
It was superb. Kicking off with 'Ghosts', the opener from their new record, the band mixed it up with a set full of high-octane bangers and slow building piano ballads. It was a risky strategy, but the crowd ate up every morsel. Tracks like 'Miserable At Best', 'Three Cheers For Five Years' and 'Kids In Love' all sounded absolutely colossal.
Any good between song banter?
Less banter, more thankful words. But this is the band's biggest UK show to date, selling out a venue this size looked unthinkable a year ago, so it's understandable they'd be in such a grateful mood.
Did they put on much of a show?
Nice big backdrop. Lots of leaping around, no fireworks, but the band's performance did all of the talking…
What was the highlight of the set?
The closing 'The Last Something That Meant Anything', it sounded enormous.
Where can I catch them next?
They're on tour in the US until mid-summer, but you'd be a silly person to bet against them returning for at least one of the UK's summer festivals.
Mayday Parade's new album Monsters in the Closet is out now. You can preview it by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the screen.