In just over a week’s time Australia will fall victim to musical mayhem seldom witnessed in the modern sanitised age.
With the wonders of technology taking much of the mystery and mystique out of the rock and roll lifestyle, fans are becoming increasingly receptive to fleeting brushes with fame and adulation and finally the music is taking credence over the image.
But that is about to come crashing down when two global heavyweights unite for a tour of this country that will send fans back to the hysterics of the Beatles fan era.
All Time Low and Mayday Parade are joining forces to sweep our little corner of paradise, promising a rollicking cavalcade of music and excess to possibly reinvigorate the dying thrill of music’s bad boys of metal.
Having recently released the single More Like A Crash – the band’s first new music since 2021s What It Means To Fall Apart, Mayday Parade are re-entering the peak phase of their musical cycle and according to bass player Jeremy Lenzo the boys are just itching to make their way Down Under.
“I have not packed yet,” he laughed. “I’m having someone watch my kid tomorrow, so I can pack and get all the laundry done I need for the shows.”
Rounding out the three-prongued extravaganza with All Time Low and Mayday Parade is Lauren Hibberd, with Lenzo admitting he will be approaching the run of shows with a fresh slate when it comes to expectations.
“I’m not quite familiar with Lauren because we haven’t toured with her or met them,” he almost apologised, “but with All Time Low we go back a long time. We’ve toured with them probably starting back in 2007, so on and off since then throughout the years we became friends with them. They brought us out this year in the US and then offered us the Australia shows as well, and we said yes to that. We’re excited to be there, it’s going to be a good time.”
We ask what Aussie fans can expect from the Mayday Parade live show.
“Expect a lot of energy,” he promised. “Expect a good time. Expect that we’re gonna be considerate and make it a safe space for people to come and enjoy themselves and have fun.”
In the full interview, Jeremy talks more about the tour, revisits the early days of Mayday Parade and their musical birth, the early vision and how it has changed since, why he thinks their debut album A Lesson In Romantics touched a nerve with music lovers, how the band’s approach to music has changed over their time together, More Like A Crash and if it is the start of the next album cycle, going independent and more.