With Mayday Parade - 31st January 2014
James caught up with Mayday Parade’s Derek
Sanders and Alex Garcia before their sold out
headline show at the Birmingham Institute.
released your latest album ‘Monsters In
The Closet’ back in October, how would you
say the album has gone down with your fans and
Derek: I’d say it’s been successful,
I’m happy with the reaction. It did our
biggest first week ever with 30,000 in the billboard
top ten so yeah, all in all with it being our
4th album to still see growth like that has been
did you find the whole writing and recording process
for ‘Monsters In The Closet’ compared
to your other albums?
Alex: I’d say it was more of the same with
this as the self-titled, we wrote in a beach house
in Florida and then we went to Zach and Ken in
Atlanta, the only difference is we had more time,
so we never felt rushed, which was very beneficial
for the songs.
said the last time I interviewed you, that the
last album was different to the first two, so
would you say you prefer this style of writing
Derek: Yeah, I think we’ve worked out how
it works best and I think we’ll continue
to work with that method in the future.
out by the beach?
Alex: Yeah, although it is in January
Derek: Yeah, the location is important though
its mostly us getting together isolated somewhere
are currently back in the UK in the middle of
a 14 date tour, how does it feel to be back in
the UK? And how have the shows been so far?
Derek: It’s great to be back and the shows
have been incredible. Super High energy and most
have been sold out, it’s our 8th time over
hear and it’s great to see how much we’ve
grown as a band, as when we first played these
venues as support and now where headlining them.
there anything in particular you love about England?
Whether it be something like the music or the
Alex: The food is something for me that I really
enjoy, in the US there’s this stereotype
that British food is terrible, but for me I have
something everything that’s good.
Derek: There’s always something for vegetarians
Alex: Yeah, myself and Derek are vegetarians and
every place I go to England has something for
vegetarians to eat.
it not like that in America?
Derek: Well, not always, everyplace over hear
it’s labelled and nice and it’s not
always the same in America. Something else I enjoy
about coming over to the UK is the partying. The
club nights at shows are great, and it’s
not always possible in America with the drinking
age being 21, and the audience is younger so they
can’t stay, but over hear people stay around
and have drinks at the bar and at club nights
and that’s something special that only really
happens in England that I look forward too, but
unfortunately I haven’t really been doing
it on this tour as I’ve been sick, so I’ve
not been drinking.
you been living it up?
Alex: OH Yeah!
have Man Overboard, Decade and Divided By Friday
supporting you on tour, how have you found touring
with these bands?
Alex: Great, we toured with Divided By Friday
in Japan, so we were already friends with them
and we toured with Man Overboard in the fall in
the states, so we get on really well with them,
Decade we didn’t really know until this
tour but they’re cool people and have great
Derek: Yeah they’re an awesome band. It’s
been good for the shows and we share a bus with
Man Overboard as we get on really well, and yeah
it’s been good times!
your UK and European tour comes to an end you
are heading out to Australia for the Soundwave
festival, how much are you looking forward to
Derek: We’ve done Soundwave once before
and it was incredible, there’s nothing else
quite like it, that we’ve done. It’s
an easy tour for us, as there’s allot of
days off and no sound check, and we really just
show up and play and hangout.
Alex: I’m really looking forward to the
weather too, as it’ll be warm and sunny.
have also been confirmed to play the Vans Warped
tour this summer, how do you find playing such
lengthy yet amazing tours?
Alex: I think it’s something were used
to, it’s tough on the warped tour as you
might have like 13 days in a row with only 1 day
off, and then the same again, so it can be kinda
brutal. I think I have it easiest in the band
though, as I just play guitar whereas Derek has
to look after his voice and the crew are the ones
running around, but its part of the cause. In
general is a tough tour regardless of how many
days you have off.
we expect to see you back in the UK for some more
shows before you wrap up the tour schedule for
Derek: I would think so yes, maybe some festivals
but we don’t really know as of yet as the
warped tour takes up allot of the summer.
spend a lot of time on the road touring, what
do you get up to in-between shows to keep you
Derek: Everyone kinda has the own thing, I have
a daughter and a family life at home, so I try
and communicate with them, and it depends really.
But I think we all pretty much do the normal,
read books, listen to music, play video games
do you hope to see Mayday Parade in a year’s
Alex: We’d probably be writing a new album
Derek: We’ll have probably ended the touring
for this album and yeah, be settling down to write
a new album in January.
last random question that we ask every band, if
you could be an animal out of a zebra or Giraffe
which one would you be and why?
Alex: I guess a giraffe, as I feel like you see
allot of footage of zebras getting taken down
by lions but I feel like giraffe are huge so you’d
be able to trample anything, and you’d get
to see a great view up high.
Derek: Yeah I’d be a giraffe too.
for your time is there a message for your fans
Derek: Thanks for the support and the opportunity,
were great full to be able to do this.
Interview by James Daly
Parade - Monsters In The Closet
Release Date - 8th October 2013
3. Last Night for a Table of Two
4. 12 Through 15
5. The Torment of Existence Weighed Against the
Horror of Nonbeing
6. Even Robots Need Blankets
7. Repent and Repeat
9. Sorry, Not Sorry
10. Nothing You Can Live Without, Nothing You Can
11. Hold Onto Me