I caught the second night of the Alternative Press Tour featuring Mayday Parade, Real Friends, This Wild Life, and As It Is the other night. As It Is, all the way from the UK, hit the stage first. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re a super energetic pop punk band and so fun to watch. Patty Walters is a fantastic vocalist and frontman and it’s only a matter of time before they completely blow up in the states.
Next was This Wild Life. With just two guys and guitars, it’s easy for the stage to feel too big, but not for them. They played songs about love, dogs, and more and it all sounded beautiful. It was interesting how much more mellow they were than the rest of the bands on the bill, but it worked. Fans were singing along to every song and they never missed a note. Even though their music is more stripped down, they were still great!
After them was Real Friends. They’re one of the biggest names in the scene right now and they always show why in their live shows. Crowd surfers started spilling over the barricade while others moshed and sang. Real Friends’ lyrics are so relatable to fans, which is a big reason why people are drawn to them. Overall, it was a solid set.
Finally the “Mayday” chants started and Mayday Parade took the stage. I first saw Mayday Parade as support on the Fall 2009 AP Tour, so it was awesome to see them headlining the same tour a few years later. They opened up with a new song called “One of Them Will Destroy the Other” featuring Dan Lambton of Real Friends and then went into an old favorite, “Jamie All Over.” They played hit after hit from throughout their career before closing with one of their most powerful songs, “Miserable at Best.” It doesn’t matter how many times I hear that song, it will always be just as great as the first time I heard it. Not just that song but also most of Mayday Parade’s songs are full of passion and emotion and they’re great to hear. They then came back out to play two more songs for encore. Mayday Parade are true pros and amazing performers. Be sure to check out them and the other bands on one of the remaining dates of the AP Tour!