Track of the week
Mayday Parade – It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning.
This week’s choice for Track of the week is an absolute belter. If you like catchy pop rock lyrics, a pure pop punk powerhouse of a chorus and catchy as hell vocals to tie it all together, then look no further than Mayday Parade’s track It’s Hard To Be Religious When Certain People Are Never Incinerated By Bolts Of Lightning, and it’s a belter. It’s Hard to Be Religious… is the latest single from their newly released album Sunnyland which was released June 15th.
About the new song, lead singer Derek Sanders told Billboard, “I would say it’s a little bit more angry than anything we’ve done before. I wrote it shortly after the 2016 presidential election, when Trump won. I was just kind of horrified something like that was even possible – not that it’s all directed towards him, necessarily, but that’s kind of the mind-set I was in. However, it’s not all dark. There is, at least to me, a hopeful outlook towards the future and trying to appreciate what we have.”
The Tallahassee, Florida-based quintet recorded this follow-up to 2015’s ‘Black Lines’ with longtime producers Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount, and for the first time, the banc have also teamed with Grammy nominated producer John Feldmann (blink-182, and Panic! At the Disco) and Howard Benson (Of Mice & Men, My Chemical Romance). The result is an album built on impassioned vocals, sing-along choruses, and deeply heartfelt lyrics.
The album’s title comes from an abandoned hospital where the band members hung out as teenagers. “The hospital shut down sometime in the mid-’80s but then it just stayed there for decades,” says 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.”
Over the course of the last 10 years, Mayday Parade has sold more than a million albums. Four of their releases have sold over 100,000 units each, with their most successful album (2007’s A Lesson In Romantics) selling more than a half-million copies. They more than 1 million views on YouTube and their songs have amassed over 350 million streams in the US alone.
Like the track? Let me know in the comments what you think of this week’s choice for track of the week, or what I should choose for next week!