Any show at Starland Ballroom in Sayerville, NJ is always sure to be a good one, let alone a sold out show in the hometown of one of the bands. Mayday Parade brought the Honeymoon Tour to Starland Ballroom last Friday with support from Tonight Alive, Major League, and PVRIS. Nothing quiet tops a hometown show, especially for pop-punk bands like Major League with dedicated fans ready to welcome the band home. The energy of the crowd in Starland Ballroom is always above and beyond what would be expected and Friday was no different.
PVRIS took the stage first and opened up the show on a very high note. Lead singer Lyndsay Gunn demonstrated her incredibly powerful vocals and control all throughout the set as the group gave fans the first glimpse of what to expect from their new album, White Noise. The album will drop on Rise Records on November 4; based off of the singles and how they were performed White Noise is going to be an absolutely phenomenal album and get PVRIS the exposure they deserve. Among songs from White Noise that PVRIS played was the group’s first single, “St. Patrick”. The song is upbeat and got fans moving around from the start. PVRIS had the crowd excited and amped more than what’s normal for them. Big things are coming for PVRIS, be sure to check out White Noise when it comes out and catch them on tour when they’re in town!
Major League took the stage next to the hometown crowd that was in for a fantastic set. They were all over the stage and kept encouraging the crowd to get involved. They too are slated to release an album on November 4. There’s Nothing Wrong with Me will be released on No Sleep Records. They played the two singles off of the record “Kaleidoscopes” and “Pillow Talk” both of which were extremely well received by the crowd. The live energy Major League had during each of these brought something more to each of them beyond what fans hear on the recorded tracks. They also played fan favorites like “Wall Flower” and “Need I Remind You?” The enthusiasm and intensity in each song they play certainly makes Major League a band that absolutely has to be seen live.
Tonight Alive are direct support on this tour and as per usual take the stage with energy and a stage presence unmatched by most. The Australian rockers were hands down the band to stand out the most of the night. They played a mix of new and old favorites off of The Other Side and What Are You So Scared Of? The group opened the night with their song “The Edge” from the Spiderman 2 official movie soundtrack. Throughout the set they played favorites like “The Fire” and “Lonely Girl” which they closed with from The Other Side. They also played older favorites such as “Listening” and title track “What Are You So Scared Of?” off of the 2011 release. Vocalist Jenna McDougall did a fantastic job commanding the stage and engaging fans from start to finish constantly encouraging them to get more involved and more into the set. Guitarists Whakaio Taahi and Jake Hardy really help to get the crowd amped up along with bassist Cam Adler with constant movement and use of the entire stage. Matt Best also brings a great deal of energy and passion on the drums. By the time Tonight Alive played “Lonely Girl” it seemed as if everyone in the pit of the sold out show was off their feet and singing along happily. Together they all create a fun and engaging live show that keeps fans coming back every time they return to the U.S.
Mayday Parade has been a fan favorite for years with an extensive discography of albums full of potential songs to play live. For this headliner they narrowed it down to mostly tracks from their most recent release Monsters in the Closet and A Lesson in Romantics. They could not have selected a better song to kick off the night; “Jersey” was absolutely perfect considering they were playing in New Jersey. They kicked off the set on a very high note with massive amounts of energy and crowd involvement. It seemed as if there was a constant flow of fans crowd surfing up at all times. Security had to pull double time to get everyone down quickly and efficiently which they did wonderfully. The energy did not let up until it was intended to; frontman Derek Sanders slowed things down with “Miserable at Best” and “Three Cheers for Five Years” which were done beautifully done on the piano. The softer performance of these songs allowed both Sanders and Jake Bundrick, drummer and backup vocalist, to showcase their smooth and easy vocals. They closed out their set with “Black Cat” which always gets a fantastic reaction from the crowd. They came back for a two song encore and finished the night with “Jamie All Over” which of course is also incredibly well received and left fans with such a positive ending to the night.
If this tour hasn’t hit your city get your tickets now and be sure to support the upcoming releases of PVRIS and Major League November 4th!