Saturday, July 28, 2007

Mayday - Revenge (1982)

Mayday were a NY based AOR hard rock band formed in 1980. Headed by singer Steve Johnstad and guitarist Randy Fredrix, Mayday seemlessly blended early new wave with hard rock to create an interesting sound that caused quite a stir in their hometown before landing a contract with A&M in 1981. Their self-titled album was released later that year, but managed to slip through the cracks, failing to chart. With a new drummer in the ranks, Mayday returned to the studio in 1982 for another album and several months later, "Revenge" hit the streets. Despite issuing another consistent album, the band were again met with indifference causing Fredrix to jump ship. It wasn't long before the rest of the band followed suit.

It's too bad Mayday didn't reach the mainstream like they had intended, as both albums have numerous tracks worthy of chart placement. "Revenge" is solid and standout track, "First Impressions", is like a 707 classic that should've taken them places. As it turns out, mass success was not in the cards for Mayday. That certainly doesn't mean you shouldn't check out this solid collection of AOR influenced rock. It's damn good and is worthy of praise, even if it's twenty five years too late!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

" Merci beaucoup "

"REVENGE" again a number more for the SIX SEVEN & EIGHT project !!!

Thanks...

-=[FREAK-ANGEL]=-

Higginz said...

Opening track sounds a bit like AXE, a great band who released a brilliant album called 'living On the Edge' in the early stages of the 80's. Quite hard to find these days?.
Anyway, besides the great title track, this album doesn't quite do it for me. No real charisma. Nothing that grabs me.

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Anonymous said...

Some great tracks and others that dosen`t really work make this album just ok. I prefer the first one.
Miguel