There’s a headline that may come as a surprise, but it really shouldn’t. Mayday Parade did, in fact, do a live cover of Something Corporate’s “Punk Rock Princess” on their A Lesson In Romantics ten year anniversary tour. While it’s largely similar, it’s nice to get a more official source of audio, outshot of fan-shot live videos.
It’s nice to see a modern pop-rock/pop-punk band honor one of the more underrated bands of the early-2000’s. Though Something Corporate did get a slice of commercial success, Andrew McMahon went on to start Jack’s Mannequin and then his own current solo venture, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness where he continues to thrive and show how solid of a songwriter he is.
“All you need to do to understand what made Something Corporate so special is listen to ‘Konstantine,’ the emo ballad to top them all,” Mayday Parade frontman Derek Sanders says. “Andrew McMahon writes such epic, beautiful songs and delivers them with so much passion and character.”
Mayday Parade’s acoustic, stripped down version shows Sanders gently strumming to the original beat of the song while layered with echoing vocals to deliver a fresh take on this pop-punk anthem. “This song brings me back to high school and all of the people I was friends with,” Sanders says regarding the cover. “It’s just a great song. It’s fun to cover, and I enjoyed playing around with the progression in the last chorus.”
Mayday Parade’s latest album, Sunnyland, was released on June 15th via Rise Records. If you want to learn more about the album, you can read our piece with guitarist Alex Garcia here, and also pick up your copy here. They will also be spending the rest of their summer on the final cross-country run of Warped Tour, and the remaining dates can be found below.