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Mayday Parade has released the video for their new single “First Train” to celebrate the release of their new EP Out of Here which just dropped via Rise Records.

Directed by Scott Hansen, the video features actor J. Gaven Wilde (The Righteous Gemstones, Halloween Kills, Stanger Things) as the protagonist who decides to take on his bully. “First Train is about not getting weighed down by the negative things in your life,” frontman Derek Sanders said. “It’s about having the power to move forward and become whatever you want to be.”

“First Train” echoes the message of the anthemic “Lighten Up Kid” which dropped in September along with the EP announcement. “’Lighten Up Kid’ is about trying to find yourself and the strength to keep fighting for what you believe in,” said drummer Jake Bundrick. “I Can Only Hope” rounds out the EP and touches on loss and pain in a way that may resonate deeply for many in the time of COVD-19. It also comes from a deeply personal place for Bundrick: “Simply put, it’s about my father. He recently had some medical issues in Georgia and being that I live in California, I felt so far away. The song is about being terrified. It's about that uncertainty whether someone will pull through something so difficult. It's about the unknown that follows all of it and never forgetting the sounds or senses of the moment when you received the news.” 

The EP follows the release of the band's 2018 Sunnyland LP, their 5th full-length album which has streamed over 62 MILLION times and took the band to five continents since its release. In early March of 2020, the band jumped back into the studio with longtime collaborators Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount to record the EP. In early April of 2020 Mayday Parade had to cancel their North American Tour in support of their newly released single “It Is What It Is” along with several festival appearances slated for this summer due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The canceled touring hasn’t stopped them from connecting with fans on a series of live Happy Hours throughout quarantine and earlier this summer, they released a feel-good cover of The Beatles’ classic, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” which featured friends including The Maine’s John O’Callaghan, We The Kings’ Travis Clark, Dan Lambton (Formerly of Real Friends), KnucklePuck’s Joe Taylor and Grayscale’s Collin Walsh.

Which you can check out right here:

Fans can also look forward to special themed, ticketed livestreams planned throughout the fall to tide fans (and the band) over until they can return to the road. 2021 is already shaping up to be an exciting year with performances at Riot Fest (Chicago, IL), Four Chord Music Fest (Pittsburgh, PA), Nova Rock Festival (Austria), Greenfield Festival (Switzerland), Hurricane Festival (Germany), and Southside Festival (Germany) with much more on the horizon.



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