American-alternative band Mayday Parade is no stranger to The City Beautiful, being Florida native itself. The band recently released its fifth studio album, Black Lines, and started touring Tuesday. Before making a stop in Orlando on Nov. 25, Mayday bassist Jeremy Lenzo chatted with Central Florida Future about the band’s new album, new tour and new sound.
What are your emotions like when you know a new album is going to be released?
I get excited because we’re putting out something new, so that’s new things for people to hear and it’s also new things to play, which is always fun. It’s just another piece of ourselves that we’re releasing to the public. It also makes you nervous and anxious because you don’t know if people are going to like it … or if people are not going to enjoy any of it. An album has a chance to make or break a band. If the album is terrible, then people are not going to give the next album a chance. Even if it’s not perfect, it has to at least be good enough that people are going to continue coming out to the shows and at least have some fun.
If you had to describe Black Lines in one word for your fans, what would it be?
New. Not new in the sense that it’s a new album, but new in the sense that it’s a new direction that our band has taken.
How did you guys prepare for the album release?
We try to use social media a lot to get it out there and show people that we have new music. Every two years, we put out a new album, but two years is long enough for people to forget about you, so you have to try to remind those people that you have new stuff coming out and that it will be out soon.
How have the responses been from fans about the new album?
The responses on the songs have been mixed, that’s to be expected. But the mixed responses I think get people interested with what the whole album is going to sound like … so far it’s been kind of different than normal.
You guys seem to stop in Orlando with every tour. What are some of your favorite things about Orlando and the Orlando shows?
Orlando and the House of Blues right there in Downtown Disney is always really fun to play. One, because it’s close to Tallahassee so friends and family can drive out to see it … not too far. And then second, you know it’s right there in Disney World so you get to walk around, go shopping and stuff and just play around. Everything is pretty close, it’s just fun.
What do you look forward to the most when hitting the road? What are some of the things that you can remember from coming off each tour?
I look forward to the most is playing shows, especially in this new tour, we’re going to be playing a lot of new songs. We’re going to try to make the production of our shows better. We’re going to have more lights — you know things like that to make it cooler — so that’ll be something I’m looking forward to. Also just being with the band again. It’s been a while since we’ve been on tour because we’ve been doing the writing and recording for the record, and it’s always a different atmosphere when you’re on the road. We’re all kind of like a family at this point, we’ve been a band for 10 years now. We all just treat each other like brothers, so you start to miss them when you’re not around them.
Will Mayday fans still be expecting classics on the shows?
Yeah, they’re still going to get the things they look forward to. It’ll be pretty much like a normal Mayday show but better production and more lights ... a couple new songs thrown in the mix. We’re not really going to switch it up and only play all new songs or anything like that.
Is there anything you’d like to tell your fans?
The album as a whole has a little bit of everything. It has a lot of the old Mayday sound, and then it has a lot of the new Mayday sound. We put all we had in it, and we hope everyone likes it. At least we’ll give it a shot before making any judgment calls.
Marina Guerges is the Editor-in-Chief at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @marinaguerges or email her at MarinaG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.