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In 2007, Derek Sanders and his Mayday Parade bandmates could be found canvassing the Van’s Warped Tour with posters and CDs. Their debut studio album, A Lesson in Romantics, had just dropped and Mayday Parade was intent on making a name for themselves.

“We would just practice every day because none of us had jobs or school or any big commitments in our lives. We had all these sorts of goals of writing new music and recording it, but none of us had money. So we followed the Warped Tour to sell these EPs that we got pressed. We knew we had to put in the work because the labels weren’t just going to come to us,” explains Sanders.



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