Though it is not quite as ridiculous or as juvenile as Austin Carlile drama, the feud between Mayday Parade and Jason Lancaster is well-documented and heated in its own right. And after releasing a pop gem, A Lesson In Romantics, the split was saddening, since the band would probably never be able to build on their success. This belief was confirmed when Mayday Parade released the abysmal Anywhere But Here, an album that sorely missed the songwriting and presence of Lancaster. Jason is undeniably integral to Mayday’s previous appeal but his newest project, Go Radio, didn’t exactly impress either; their first EP lacked charm and appeal. Logically, it would make sense that the follow-up would fail to impress as well. But as with all facets of life, nothing is ever a sure thing, and Do Overs And Second Chances is an impressive offering that is sure to silence doubts.
The extended play is symbolically and even cathartically named, with Do Overs And Second Chances accurately describing Lancaster’s current state. He is not only reunited with Fearless Records, but also with producers Zach Odom and Kenneth Mount—the men at the boards for the abovementioned A Lesson In Romantics. With a fresh start, Jason and Go Radio have created seven songs of pop bliss, reminding fans why they fell in love with Mayday Parade in the first place. Do Overs is spearheaded by “When Dreaming Becomes Drastic”, a solid opening track that contains a high-flying chorus and the balls that are currently missing in the pop scene. The subsequent song, “Thanks For Nothing”, features a call and return between Lancaster and guitarist Alex Reed. If one did not know the song was by Go Radio, he or she would assume it was a vintage Mayday Parade song, as it sounds as if it were out of their playbook. In addition, Reed’s voice eerily and ironically sounds like Derek Sanders’ voice.
“Letters and Love Notes” is quite possibly the prize of the EP; the chorus is absolutely huge, with the backing vocals tastefully accentuating unfolding goodness. Enough cannot be said about Lancaster’s vocals; he may not be the strongest singer, which is significant because the genre demands it, but one can easily hear the conviction in his voice. And in the final chorus, he hits an impressive note that solidifies the greatness of the song. It should be noted that this track was written by Reed, showing that Go Radio is a group of talented individuals.
“In Our Final Hour” is another quality song, bringing the heat and the aggression. Lancaster and Go Radio prove not only to have a knack for writing melodies but also decent instrumentation. Throughout Do Overs and particularly “In Our Final Hour”, there are solid guitar leads, fills and riffs—characteristics that made Mayday Parade’s older music unique. “Goodbye Moon” is power ballad that rounds out the EP. Its song topic and execution are not original, but it is by no means cringe-inducing and is quite enjoyable.
While a reunion between Jason Lancaster and Mayday Parade is a pipedream that many of us still yearn for, Go Radio is not a band to snooze on; they have developed into a pop band worthy of your attention. Do Overs And Second Chances could be better in some ways—such as variance in song structure, fresher song topics and better lasting value—but it is one of the better pop releases of the year. It shows great promise for the group’s future endeavors. Pop aficionados look no further; Go Radio is the band you need to get excited about.
2. Thanks For Nothing
3. Letters And Love Notes
4. It's Not A Trap, I Promise
5. In Our Final Hour
6. You Hold Your Breath, I'll Hold My Liquor
7. Goodnight Moon
Armed with an enviable combination of musical prowess and an impressive collection of honest, melodic songs, Tallahassee’s Go Radio is one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from Florida’s hotbed of rock n’ roll talent. Second EP Do Overs And Second Chances is a perfect showcase of the band’s abilities, evoking the excitement of discovering something fresh, something exciting. Something real.... read more