Spinning Sunnyland for the hundredth time, it’s clear that this is some of Mayday Parade’s best work. The sixth studio album from the alt-rock outfit, Sunnyland is very much an album of nostalgia for Mayday Parade – for their youthful antics and for exploring love and loss. Naturally fans will ascribe their own experiences to the music and remember their own past, with vocalist Derek Sanders already having heard a few of fan stories himself.
“What’s kind of crazy is we’ve been a band for so long – 13 years – that now when we go on a tour, we see people we’ve known for ten years or more, who’ve been with us many, many years,” he says. “A lot of people have grown up with us. A lot of people have talked about how this album is looking back on the last 13 years of this band, [on] everything we’ve done, and it’s been amazing to hear people’s stories, ‘I heard this band 11 years ago, all this stuff has changed in my life since then,’ how we’ve helped them get through tough times. It comes around full circle.