Band Chat returns to the blog and the next band to feature are MIMR fave indie rockers The Maydays. A band I’ve followed pretty much since day one of their existence. 2014 was a big year for the band, opening many new doors so 2015 looks like it’s going to be even bigger for one of wrexham’s most popular bands
I spoke to guitarist JJ recently about all the latest news regarding the band. It includes the new EP and its launch night as well as the production of the EP and having fun at gigs
MIMR: So The Maydays have been around for a few years now, how would you describe the band to any newcomers to your music?
JJ: It’s all just a lot of fun really. We never take ourselves too seriously and most of our songs spring from some sort of in joke between our mates. Every one of our songs is really up beat and fast paced, and we like to think they’re pretty catchy. I think people tend to come away from our gigs with a smile. Which can never be a bad thing.
MIMR: What’s the best thing about playing live?
JJ: Everything! Doing something like that with your mates is always a laugh. Even if no one else gets into it, we still have fun on stage. And then those gigs where the crowd really responds to your songs, that just makes it all the better. We only started this to sort of see where we could get to. And none of us expected it to get this far. So to have people really enjoy themselves at our gigs, and really get into the music is one of the best things
JJ: Well the name (as with the names of all our other EPs) came from an in joke amongst the band. We recorded the songs at faktory studios with Simon Jones from The Verve. It was amazing to have his expertise on board, and I think that shows in the final mixing. We always prefer our latest songs to the older ones, so we’d say this is better than anything we’ve done before. But I guess only time will tell on that one.
MIMR: The EP launch night certainly looks like it will be one hell of a party, can you tell MIMR the essential details for this gig?
JJ: Yeah, the official launch night is Saturday 21st Feb and we’ll be playing a gig at Telfords Warehouse in Chester. It’s free to get in before 9pm, and you can enjoy a few lagers with our fine selves, or £4 to get in afterwards. Obviously physical copies of the EP will be available to buy on the night as well as other “SUSAN” related merch
MIMR: What new bands out there are the Maydays digging at the moment?
JJ: I can’t really speak for the rest of the band, as we all have pretty unique tastes from each other. But a few that I’ve really been into lately are Beware of Darkness, Single Mothers and Slaves.
MIMR: Do you have a favourite gig that you’ve played as a band?
JJ: That’s a tough one. Chester Rocks last year was a huge gig for us. To play to that many people was really awesome. But I think the one that stands out the most was supporting The View at the Live Rooms in Chester. They’re a band that we all love and were a huge influence on us when we first got going, so to play the same stage as them and to get to meet them was a dream come true.
MIMR: Thanks guys for talking to MIMR, wish you well with the EP. What’s the best way to keep up to date with everything about the band?
JJ: No worries mate. We’re on the usual social medias. Search themaydaysmusic on Facebook and Twitter to find latest gigs and other news. And then we’re at the-maydays on soundcloud where you can listen to our latest releases for free
Thanks to JJ for speaking to MIMR, look forward to some pics from the EP night on the blog next week. Now here are the essential links mentioned in the interview: