Headliner Mayday Parade, along with Cartel, Man Overboard, and Stages and Stereo played to a sold out crowd this Thursday in Syracuse.
The night kicked off with Florida rockers, Stages and Stereo. After reading their story, I was eagerly anticipating their performance, and to say I was not disappointed is an understatement. Lead vocalist, Daniel Lancaster’s boundless energy and incredible stage presence easily won the audience over. Singing their hit “Small Town Favorites”, these guys make you feel like they could be your neighbors, people you have known all your life. Stages and Stereo was the perfect band to begin an exciting night of music. I have a feeling we willl be hearing a lot more from them.
Next up was Georgia natives Cartel, touring in support of their new album, Collider. The band kept the show energetic, playing songs like their hit “Honestly”. These guys have been together for ten years with four full lengths and two EPs. Cartel delivered a tight performance; they are a band who has truly found their groove.
Next was Man Overboard from New Jersey. They performed with a lot of passion. Although, it seemed that it took them a few songs to find their groove. By the end of their set they had pulled together and had the crowd rocking.
Finally comes the moment we had been waiting for. The crowd comes alive and begins to chant. Mayday Parade takes the stage and makes it their own. They begin their set with the first single, “Ghosts” of their latest album, Monsters in the Closet. The performance continues with a mixture of old and new songs, keeping the crowd engaged the entire time. Lead vocalist Derek Sanders is not only incredibly talented, but also inspiring, as he stops for a brief moment to talk to his fans about life and love.
Then the best part of the entire night comes when Mayday slows things down. The lights dim and Derek Sanders and drummer, Jake Bundrick, sit down and begin singing their hit “Miserable at Best”. Immediately the crowd begins to sing along, creating an intimate and memorable moment between the band and their adoring fans. They close their set with, “Three Cheers for Five Years” from their first album.
These guys put on an amazing show. I would recommend that anyone who gets the chance, to catch the Glamour Kills Tour before it ends this year. It was definitely a night to remember.