Monsters in the Closet (Mayday Parade album)

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Monsters in the Closet
Mayday Parade Monsters in the Closet cover.jpg
Studio album by Mayday Parade
Released October 8, 2013
Recorded January–April, May–June 2013
Genre
Length 45:38
Label Fearless
Producer
  • Zack Odom
  • Kenneth Mount
Mayday Parade chronology
Mayday Parade
(2011)Mayday Parade2011
Monsters in the Closet
(2013)
Black Lines
(2015)Black Lines2015
Singles from Monsters in the Closet
  1. "Ghosts"
    Released: August 27, 2013
  2. "Girls"
    Released: September 17, 2013

Monsters in the Closet is the fourth studio album by American rock band Mayday Parade. Recorded between March and June 2013, the album was produced by Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount. It was released in October 2013 by Fearless and sold 30,000 copies in its first week.

Background and production[edit]

After releasing their third album, Mayday Parade (2011), through major label ILG,[4] Mayday Parade would re-sign with independent label Fearless in January 2013.[5] Drummer Jake Bundrick explained that the label "has always been family to us and we're really happy to have that again. Exciting times!"[6] Discussing new material, bassist Jeremy Lenzo described the songs as "ha[ving] a little bit of everything".[7] "Ghosts", according to Lenzo, deals with "your inner demons, and it portrays that in a literal sense by referring to them as ghosts and how they are always with you."[7]

Also in January, the band started recording.[6] On March 23, the band posted a studio update.[8] On April 4, the band posted another studio video, this time with Lenzo discussing his bass parts.[9] Between April 11 and May 12, the band went on the Spring Fever Tour supporting All Time Low and Pierce the Veil.[10] On June 27, it was announced that recording had finished.[11] On July 11, the band released a third studio update.[12] A week later, the band posted a fourth studio update video.[13]

Release[edit]

On July 29, 2013 Monsters in the Closet was announced for release, and the cover art was revealed.[14] On August 23, the track listing was revealed.[15] "Ghosts" was released as a single on August 27.[16] "Girls" was released as a single on September 17.[17] On September 18, a lyric video was released for "Girls".[18] An album preview was posted via Buzznet on October 1.[19] On October 7, Monsters in the Closet was made available for streaming via Billboard,[20] and was released through Fearless, a day later.[14][nb 1] The album was released on vinyl the same day.[21] On October 14, a lyric video was released for "12 Through 15".[22] In October and November,[23] the band headlined the Glamour Kills tour[14] with support from Man Overboard, Cartel, and Stages & Stereos.[24]

On November 14, a music video was released for "Ghosts" via Entertainment Tonight.[25] The video was directed by Brant Kantor.[26] The video takes place in a haunted bed and breakfast.[27] Zach Seemayer of Entertainment Tonight noted that the video includes "elements of horror, fantasy and melodrama, and turning them on their head in a funny, rollicking pop-punk video".[25] He also mentioned that the video had "great production value and innovative concepts."[25] In January and February, the band went on a tour of the UK[28] and Europe, titled Monsters Overseas.[29] They were supported by Man Overboard, Divided by Friday and Decade.[28] This was followed by a tour of South Asia in March.[30] On April 28, a music video was released for "Hold Onto Me".[31] The video was directed by Dan Centrone.[32]

In late April and May, the band went on the So Devastating, It's Unnatural tour with support from We Are the In Crowd, Transit and Divided by Friday.[33] On May 26, "Worth a Thousand Words" was made available for streaming through PureVolume, "Stuck in Remission" was made available for streaming through PropertyofZack, and "Hear the Sound" was made available for streaming through AbsolutePunk.[34] A deluxe edition of the album was released on May 27 featuring the aforementioned three tracks.[35] Lenzo explained that since the group were "so happy" with the reception for the album, they "decided to [...] [include] a few songs that didn't make it on the [original] release so that you could hear everything we were working on, and see other directions the album could have gone."[35] The band went on the 2014 edition of Warped Tour.[36] In October and November, the band went on the Honeymoon Tour[37] with support from Tonight Alive, Major League and PVRIS.[38]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AbsolutePunk75%[3]
Alter the Press!3/5 stars[39]
Daily Dischord7/10 stars[40]
Iowa State Daily4/5[41]
Kerrang!4/5 stars[citation needed]
Ultimate Guitar Archive6.3/10[42]

Monsters in the Closet debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200 chart,[43] selling 30,000 copies and becoming the band's best debut week.[44] The album also charted at number 4 on Alternative Albums,[45] number 10 on Digital Albums,[46] number 2 on Independent Albums,[47] and number 4 on the Rock Albums charts in the U.S.[48] "Ghosts" charted at number 16 on the UK Independent Singles Breakers Chart,[49] number 35 on the UK Rock & Metal Singles Chart,[50] and number 46 on the Rock Songs chart in the U.S.[51]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mayday Parade[52].

No.TitleLength
1."Ghosts"4:42
2."Girls"3:22
3."Last Night for a Table of Two"3:39
4."12 Through 15"4:58
5."The Torment of Existence Weighed Against the Horror of Nonbeing"4:04
6."Even Robots Need Blankets"3:24
7."Repent and Repeat"2:54
8."Demons"3:31
9."Sorry, Not Sorry"3:25
10."Nothing You Can Live Without, Nothing You Can Do About"3:55
11."Hold Onto Me"3:15
12."Angels"4:14
Total length:45:38

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per digital booklet.[52]

Chart performance[edit]

Charts (2013) Peak
position
UK Downloads Chart[53] 76
UK Independent Album Chart[54] 22
UK Independent Album Breakers Chart[55] 4
UK Rock & Metal Albums Chart[56] 9
U.S. Billboard 200[43] 10
U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums[45] 4
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums[46] 10
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums[47] 2
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums[48] 4

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ U.S. Fearless FRL 30180-2
Citations
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