In this edition of My Life in Song, we asked Mayday Parade's drummer and vocalist, Jake Bundrick, to share with us the songs that have soundtracked his life thus far. With a list that nods towards punk, rock, and hardcore, he thoughtfully highlights the songs which represent major life moments, key musical influences, and those funny, unforgettable instances we can never seem to shake. Check it out, and let us know which other bands you'd like to see featured in this new segment.
Everyone knows of a few songs that spark a memory when they hear it. Here are ten bands and ten songs that do that for me.
Jimmy Eat World's "Kill"
I heard this song a few months ago in the car. For some reason, it was one of the few Jimmy Eat World songs I'd never heard. I felt like it was fate because the song sang to me in so many ways. I was supposed to hear it that day.
Every Time I Die's "Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space"
This song makes me wanna punch a baby. I would never, but you get my point.
Green Day's "Basket Case"
I saw the video on MTV for the first time in fifth grade and it changed my life forever. Green Day will always be one of my favorite bands.
Bad Religion's "Infected"
I also heard this song, and their 'Stranger Than Fiction' record, when I was in fifth grade. Another band that changed my life. I remember seeing them perform on tour with Blink-182, and I swear no one knew who they were, but I was singing every word. Call me a fan girl.
Brand New's "Me Vs. Maradona Vs. Elvis"
When I first heard this new record, I was expecting it to sound like 'Your Favorite Weapon'. I hated it! Now it's one of my favorite records of all time. We all need to just sit back, and listen to the music, and not throw judgements right off the bat when we listen to new music.
The Starting Line's "Best Of Me"
My ex at the time hated me because this 'Say It Like You Mean It' CD never left my CD player in my car. She would turn it down really quickly and yell at me -- 'Can we listen to something else? You've been listening to this our entire beach trip!' I just didn't say anything and turned it back up. She got the point.
Taking Back Sunday's "Ghost Man on Third"
This 'Tell All Your Friends' record got me through my terrible sales job I had with a grocery company. We had this meeting in Atlanta, Georgia where I had to travel five hours north from south Georgia to be at. I bought the record in Atlanta and listened to it all week. This song, among the many on this record, made the whole trip sooooo much better.
I heard this song for the first time when I was out of high school in college. The band I was in made a dramatic change from pop punk to this style of music. The aggression and the beauty in this song are perfectly blended. We called our band The Last Try, which slowly formed into Kid Named Chicago [my band before Mayday]. It wasn't our "last try," but this band helped broaden our musical style.
Underoath's "When The Sun Sleeps"
This song changed mine and my friends lives. I remember going to see Underoath at a show in Tallahassee. The show was amazing but the trip back wasn't at all. Our van broke down on a highway in the middle of the woods. I felt completely safe but my ex [again] was freaking out on me, thinking something bad was gonna happen. I have to keep in mind that she was having an anxiety attack, and I know those things can happen, but the attack was mostly on me. This has nothing to do with that song but I thought it was a funny story.
You Me At Six's "Stay With Me"
Listen to this song on the record, then listen to it live and tell me it's not brilliant and powerful. I dare you!
Written and Compiled by Jake Bundrick