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Montag, 3. Oktober 2016, 19:54

Mayday - Mayday, Mayday - Revenge

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MAYDAY 'S/T' CANDY288

WE AT ROCK Candy are often asked to reissue rarities and obscurities. With that in mind we have recently turned our attention to a number of acts that do indeed deserve our full attention despite the fact that they barely registered a blip on the rock radar at the time of release. Mayday are a case in point, being a truly outstanding unit that offered a refreshing and compelling alternative to the mega selling acts of the day yet, for whatever reason, were criminally overlooked at the time.

Initially called Sun, and formed in the mid to late seventies, with their roots in Chicago but basing themselves in New York City, Mayday plugged themselves into Manhattan's burgeoning club scene, playing underground clubs such as CBGB's, Great Gildersleeves and Max's Kansas City. It was this live circuit that helped to toughen the band up, winning them the attention of an independent production company who bank rolled the start of their debut album and helped them to sign to industry leaders A&M records.

Issued in 1981, the album was received with glowing reviews and set in motion a dedicated following amongst fans of perfectly executed melodic hard rock blessed with interesting twists and turns. The album boasts a number of superbly written and performed tracks, highlighting Steve Johnstad's captivating voice (compared on occasion with Steve Perry) and the biting guitar work of Randy Fredrix. Biggest surprise on offer is their inspired and indeed rousing version of the Starz classic 'So Young So Bad'.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.

TRACK LISTING: 1. CHICAGO NIGHTS 2. SO YOUNG SO BAD 3. NEW YORK CITY 4. LOCO LOVE 5. LIFE IN SPACE 6. LOVE AFFAIR 7. INNOCENT BYSTANDER 8. GETAWAY 9. FAMILIAR FACES 10. ONCE UPON A TIME

MAYDAY 'REVENGE' CANDY289

NEW YORK CITY has, over the years, been home to a number of great rock acts, but during the early eighties it was fast losing ground to its west coast geographical rival, Los Angeles. NYC, for all its bravado, was actually more enamoured by the burgeoning alternative and power pop scene, scratch below the surface though and you could find several hard rock acts storming through, sticking bravely to a diet of tough-guy guitar work and well written melodic songs. Step forward Mayday, one such example of the city's hard rock counter movement.

Based in NYC, but with roots in Chicago, Mayday's debut album, for the well-respected independent label A&M, certainly put them on the map, helping to earmark them as an outfit to watch. The label's belief carried forward to the recording of their second album, albeit with a slightly revised line up but still retaining key member's, guitarist and song writer Randy Fredrix and vocalist Steve Johnstad ' the dynamic duo's creativity reaching a new level of confidence.

Issued in 1982, 'Revenge' showcases the band sharpening their approach and toughening up their chops, but without sacrificing a well-honed sense of melody and execution. It's all credit to the band that some of the songs showcase quirky twists that help to elevate them beyond the competition and lend a contemporary sheen to their sound.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEWS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK.

TRACK LISTING: 1. REVENGE 2. FIRST IMPRESSIONS 3. MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT 4. CHERRY 5. READY OR NOT 6. MYSTERY 7. IDENTITY 8. CRUISIN' 9. THIS GIRLS ON FIRE

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