Australian Guitar - - Cd Reviews - SARAH COMEY

Though it never quite hits the spine-tick­ling highs of 2015’s Mike Sapone-pro­duced

Black­Lines, the Tal­la­has­see quin­tet’s sixth full of­fer­ing is an im­pos­si­bly charm­ing and in­ven­tive pop-punk romp. Gui­tars – al­beit mixed a lit­tle too cleanly for our tastes – are burst­ing with life, Brooks Betts and Alex Gar­cia both end­lessly im­pas­sioned from cover to cover. The record as a whole is not­edly more palat­able than pre­vi­ous ef­forts – it’s cer­tainly more pop than punk – but such hasn’t muted May­day’s tal­ent for con­jur­ing some mas­sively im­pact­ful jams. In fact, the honey-sweet melodies at play make way for some of their most un­de­ni­able an­thems yet. Well ti­tled, Sun­ny­land is a playful sum­mer-ready al­bum per­fect to warm up this es­pe­cially vi­cious win­ter.

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