Derek, Brooks and Jake of Mayday Parade caught up with APTV to discuss their stunning new record “Sunnyland,” choose between Andrew McMahon projects and reminisce their favorite childhood toys.
The Mayday gents also revealed which of their cover songs they now consider to be “karaoke” and how they’ve changed as a band, and people, over the past decade.
Taking a quick break from their freshly dropped album Sunnyland, Mayday Parade found time to release this stripped-down, acoustic cover of Something Corporate’s hit “Punk Rock Princess.”
Something Corporate, also known as SoCo, formed in 1998 and were an active alt-rock band through 2006. However, SoCo also did a reunion tour in 2010. Additionally, frontman, Andrew McMahon is also known for his work with Jack’s Mannequin and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. Despite only making music for eight years, SoCo heavily influenced many modern punk bands, Mayday Parade obviously included.
“All you need to do to understand what made Something Corporate so special is listen to ‘Konstantine,’ the emo ballad to top them all,” frontman Derek Sanders says. “Andrew McMahon writes such epic, beautiful songs and delivers them with so much passion and character.”
With a few acoustic tracks on their sixth studio album, released June 15, it made perfect sense for Mayday Parade to cover the track.
Featuring stellar, echoing vocals and gentle strumming, Sanders’ rendition takes the punk anthem and removes all of the bells and whistles. Sanders amplifies the beauty of the song at its core by zeroing in on the song’s lyrical composition.
“This song brings me back to high school and all of the people I was friends with,” Sanders says of the cover. “It’s just a great song. It’s fun to cover, and I enjoyed playing around with the progression in the last chorus.”