Derek Sanders, adored frontman of emo/pop-punk quintet Mayday Parade, has announced his forthcoming EP The Heavy Box out 14th April via Rise Records. The five-track EP is Sanders’ second solo release following My Rock and Roll Heart (2020), which was comprised of five stripped-back covers.
The Heavy Box features five original tracks penned by Sanders and includes features from Mike Hanson of local Tallahassee band Goodbye Love and Jason Lancaster, former Mayday Parade co-frontman. “Dear Life” will be the first recording of Sanders and Lancaster together since Lancaster’s departure from Mayday Parade in 2007.
“Slowly over the last few years I have poured as much love and energy as I could into these songs,” shares Sanders. “Thank you to everyone who helped make ‘The Heavy Box’ something real and available for those who find it worth their time. These songs mean so much to me, I hope you enjoy them.”
Alongside the announcement, Sanders shares “Howell Canyon.” A track that he explains is “about dealing with the sadness that comes from an important chapter in my life ending. The song takes a look back but also forward towards a more hopeful future.”
Listen to ‘Howell Canyon’ HERE or by clicking the image below.
THE HEAVY BOX TRACK LIST
With You On The Ground (ft. Mike Hanson)
True Story Of The Boy Whose Exploits Panicked A Nation
For Dear Life (ft. Jason Lancaster)
In support of the The Heavy Box EP, Sanders will make appearances at select stops on the Emo Nite LA tour. For tickets and more information, visit https://emonite.com/pages/tour.
DEREK SANDERS EMO NITE USA APPEARANCES
16th March – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham (Emo Nite LA)
31st March – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall (Emo Nite LA)
8th April – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts (Emo Nite LA)
The Heavy Box EP is out 14th April 2023 on Rise Records