|Maylene and the Sons of Disaster|
Mono Vs Stereo
|Associated Acts||Underoath |
I Am Terrified
He Is Legend
August Burns Red
Kelly Scott Nunn
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. He states that he currently has no feud with any of his former band members anymore.
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.
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."
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." 
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: "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."
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.
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. 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]
|US||US Heatseekers||US Indie||US Hard Rock||US Rock|
|2005||Maylene & The Sons of Disaster||Mono Vs Stereo||—||—||—||—||—|
EPs[edit | edit source]
|February 6, 2007||The Day Hell Broke Loose at Sicard Hollow||Ferret Records|
Singles[edit | edit source]
|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
References[edit | edit source]
- UnderOATH: A band in progress
- Q&A With Dallas Taylor of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
- PureVolume profile: Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
- Maylene and the Sons of Disaster: Conceptually Speaking HM Magazine ISSN 1066-6923 issue 124 pages 40–43]
- Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
- Absolute Punk Video Interviews
- Hardcore Sounds Interview with Dallas Taylor
- Charts for July 11, 2009. Billboard.com
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