Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
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Background Information
Origin Birmingham, Alabama
Genre Southern Metal
Heavy Metal[1][2][3]
Years active 2004-present
Label(s) Ferret
Mono Vs Stereo
Associated Acts Underoath
I Am Terrified
He Is Legend
August Burns Red
Dallas Taylor
Roman Havaland
Chad Huff
Kelly Scott Nunn
Matt Clark
Former Members
Josh Cornutt
Lee Turner
Scott Collum
Josh Williams

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster is an American southern metal band that formed in 2004 in Birmingham, Alabama and began touring the southern U.S. In 2005, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster signed to Mono Vs Stereo and released their self-titled debut album.

Dallas Taylor is the most notable member of Maylene & The Sons of Disaster. He was the original vocalist for the Christian metalcore band, Underoath, but was "asked to leave" the band in late 2003.[4][5] He states that he currently has no feud with any of his former band members anymore.[6]

The band name and concept are based on the legend of the criminal gang of Ma Barker and her sons, noting that evil lifestyles will be met with "divine justice".[7]

History[edit | edit source]

In April 2006 it was announced that the band has signed to Ferret Records. August that year, the group hinted they would be working on their Ferret Records debut in October and that it would be out in early 2007. Dallas Taylor updated fans once again in January 2007 and said they would be releasing an EP called The Day Hell Broke Loose at Sicard Hollow, followed by their full length album, II.

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster's II was released on Ferret Records on March 20, 2007 nationwide. Maylene appeared on the cover of the March/April 2007 issue of HM Magazine.[8]

Throughout April 2007, the band went on tour in support of their new album II with Christian metalcore band Haste The Day. Other bands on tour included From Autumn To Ashes, The Sleeping, and Alesana.

In May, the band was featured on the "Dirty South Tour" with Underoath, Norma Jean, and The Glass Ocean. Notably, this is the first time vocalist Dallas Taylor has toured with his old band since he was asked to leave in 2003. Other bands touring with them with similar southern music styles are He Is Legend and Hey You Party Animals.

In an interview, Dallas Taylor said:

"What has always struck me about the Ma Barker story is how much it symbolizes the idea of 'what goes around, comes around.' Divine justice is unavoidable. When I was a kid, I would see re-enactments of the Barker shooting in Ocala every year with my Grandpa, and it was as if Ma Barker and her sons were still screaming their story to anyone who would listen. Maylene and the Sons of Disaster is made up of five dudes who play the role of the Barker sons, and in these songs we speak as though we were them, telling any who would listen that a life lived unjustly will meet divine justice on the other side. We also wanted to think of the most crazy backwoods theme possible for this band. Since Ma was backwoods, and we are backwoods, this is the way it had to be."[9]

When asked if they play Christian music, Taylor admits that

"For us our faith is what makes us. We believe in showing our fans respect and kindness. I love it when bands minister, as long as their lifestyle off the stage lives up to their life on stage. Nowadays it is kinda cliche in some markets to be a Christian band but being that in itself is hard and sometimes can put a bull's eye on your back. It is not an easy thing sometimes, but no one is perfect. But living to the standards of what you preach and talk about is a big deal and something we chose to do everyday." [6]

Taylor has also been quoted as saying that he is tired of bands that try to play off their Christian background or message to sell records or to perpetuate their popularity and stated:[10] "I want every kid to know I am not going to change who I really am to sell records. I mean, I absolutely hate shoving things down people's throats, but hiding who you are is just as bad."[11]

September-November '08 they headlined a full U.S. tour with support from A Static Lullaby, Showbread, Confide, and Attack Attack! before begining to record their third album, III, which is scheduled to release spring of 2009. Half of the members recording this album were in Underoath during Underoath's early days.

Their third album, entitled III was released on June 23, 2009. The song "Just a Shock" was released to the band's Myspace page on May 11, 2009. III debuted at #71 on the Wikipedia:Billboard 200.[12]

Starting July 16, the band will be headed out on the Thee Summer Bailout Tour with Emery, Closure In Moscow, and Kiros on all dates, and Ivoryline and Secret & Whisper on select dates.

Recently they performed the theme for the former Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho and The Big Show. Their song "Step Up (I'm On It)" was also the theme for WWE Bragging Rights.

The band was on the Taste of Chaos Tour in Europe at the end of 2009.

On Monday, December 7, 2009, while in route to a show in Wiesbaden, Germany for the Taste of Chaos tour, Maylene was involved in an accident resulting in mild damage to the band's tour bus.[13] According to guitarist Kelly Nunn's personal Facebook page, the bus collided with a car, a gas tanker and a guard rail. The band was not injured, but missed their performance time. The band did, however, appear at the mechandise booths later in the day. During the spring of 2010 they were the supporting act with Saosin, and later Story of the Year. In the summer, they will be headlining Scream The Prayer, along with For Today.

Members[edit | edit source]

Current Members[edit | edit source]

  • Dallas Taylor - Lead vocals (2004 - present)
  • Chad Huff - Guitars (2008 - present)
  • Kelly Scott Nunn - Guitars (2008 - present)
  • Roman Havaland - Bass, backing vocals (2004 - present)
  • Matt Clark - Drums (2008 - present)
  • Jake Duncan - Touring guitar (2008-present)

Touring/Fill In[edit | edit source]

  • Schuylar Croom (He Is Legend) – lead vocals (September 22, 2009 – February 1, 2010)

Former Members[edit | edit source]

  • Lee Turner - drums, percussion (2004 - 2008)
  • Scott Collum - guitars (2004 - 2008)
  • Josh Williams - guitars (2005 - 2008)
  • Josh Cornutt - Guitar (2004 - 2008)

Discography[edit | edit source]

Albums[edit | edit source]

Year Title Label Chart peaks
US US Heatseekers US Indie US Hard Rock US Rock
2005 Maylene & The Sons of Disaster Mono Vs Stereo
2007 II Ferret Records 156 3 17
2009 III 71 7 9 26

EPs[edit | edit source]

Released Title Label(s)
February 6, 2007 The Day Hell Broke Loose at Sicard Hollow Ferret Records

Singles[edit | edit source]

Year Title Album
2005 Tough As John Jacobs Maylene & The Sons of Disaster
Caution: Dangerous Curves Ahead
2007 Dry The River II
Memories Of The Grove
Darkest Of Kin
2009 Just A Shock III
Step Up (I'm on It)

Videography[edit | edit source]

"Tough As John Jacobs" Mono Vs Stereo, 2005, from self-titled
"Dry The River" Ferret Records, 2007, from II
"Darkest Of Kin" Ferret Records, 2007, from II
"The Day Hell Broke Loose At Sicard Hollow" Ferret Records, 2007, from II
"Step Up (I'm On It)" Ferret Records, 2009, from III

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