The sixth studio album from Tallahassee-based rock band Mayday Parade, Sunnyland gets its title from an abandoned hospital where the band members used to sneak in to explore as teenagers. “The hospital shut down sometime in the mid-’80s but then it just stayed there for decades,” says lead vocalist Derek Sanders. “It was a super-creepy place – it was overgrown with vines, and still had some of the hospital beds and IV stands – but we have all these good memories of hanging out there when we were younger.
From the album-opening “Never Sure” – a tortured love song driven by blistering riffs and pummeling drum beats – Mayday Parade instil all of Sunnyland with unbridled energy. Whether they’re taking you on a folk-infused ballad like “Always Leaving” or channeling brutal punk fury into tracks like “If I were You”, the band sustains an undeniable intensity.
Having gotten their start selling CDs in the parking lot of Vans Warped Tour, Mayday Parade have now headlined the tour five times and with the release of Sunnyland, their mission is to continue strengthening that connection through their uncompromising honesty and boundless energy.