Kelsey Morgan and Michelle Rojano
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Internationally known pop rock band Mayday Parade stopped in Oklahoma City for The American Lines Tour March 30.
Prior to the doors opening, a line of fans trailed past the side of the ballroom and into the parking lot.
“We are excited for the show,” said lead singer Derek Sanders.
Opening for the band was alternative rock band The Maine and front man Troy Lowney from American rock band The Technicolors.
“The spirit and commitment of the first individual that sang from The Technicolors made quite an impact on my impression of the concert overall,” said Alexander Martinez, who had not heard any of the bands prior to the concert.
The crowd significantly increased by the time The Maine took the stage. Native to Arizona, they twisted American rock with an essence of metal to create a charged performance.
“The Maine seemed to overflow and create gusts of catchy rhythms which allowed me to immerse myself in the intense yet exhilarating environment,” Martinez said.
Mayday Parade hit the stage and opened with “One of Them Will Destroy the Other,” the first song off their latest album “Black Lines.” “Black Lines” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Album and Top Alternative Album three weeks after its release Oct. 9, 2015.
“After this long of being a band, to still have that kind of success is amazing,” Sanders said. “We are starting to think about the next album. It feels like we can do whatever we want with it.”
The crowd grew to approximately 1,000 people as the headliners rocked the ballroom. During the encore, multiple members of the crowd began body surfing.
“Mayday Parade seemed to be but a faint echo of the previous two bands, a perfect band to calm down after the thrill of the first two,” Martinez said. “I ultimately enjoyed the concert’s heart.”
When asked for advice on how to become successful in such an unpredictable field as the music business, Sanders said to remain positive.
“Work hard and take it seriously,” Sanders said. “If you want to be taken seriously, you have to take it seriously.”
The American Lines Tour ended in Albuquerque April 1. Mayday Parade announced the dates for their upcoming Australian tour April 3, just two days after their previous tour ended.