Thursday, 6 October 2016

TBT: Mayday Parade 'Save Your Heart'

Mayday Parade are a pop/punk/rock band from the USA. Today I thought I'd talk a bit about one of the first Mayday Parade songs I heard - 'Save Your Heart', released in 2010 on their album 'Anywhere But Here'.

The track uses typical pop punk instrumentation, electric guitars with catchy riffs and an explosive drum kit to create an emotion charged anthem.

Starting off with a wall of sound composed of the previously mentioned catchy guitar riffs and strong drums, the track settles down slightly when the gritty vocal enters.  

To me, the track is about not throwing yourself into the first relationship available. I've picked out some lyrics that represent this:

'Save your heart for someone who leaves you breathless.'

'You're better than this.'

'Save your heart for someone that's worth dying for, don't give it away.'

'And you give and they take.'

In my opinion, the song is about self worth and not settling for anything less than you deserve.

'Save Your Heart' is well put together, with a narrative that flows seamlessly from verse to chorus back to verse.

Towards the end of the track, some layers of instrumentation are taken away, exposing a fragile piano part and pulsing bass drum for a contrast and slow down in pace.

This is followed by an explosive rendition of the chorus to end the track where the guitars get grittier, drums get louder and vocals more expressive.

Until next time...


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