Metal band Miss May I formed in Ohio in 2006. Shortly after the band was formed, they caught the attention of Chris Rubey, who plays lead guitar in the popular metal band, The Devil Wears Prada. Rubey wanted to manage the band, which he did in the very beginning. Rubey started promoting Miss May I on his band’s site, which caused them to become one of the biggest bands on MySpace. This is where they got their start on their great musical journey. Miss May I was signed to Rise Records in 2008 and subsequently released their debut album, Apologies for the Weak. The album reached #29 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers. In 2010, the band released their sophomore album, Monument, which charted on the Billboard Top 200 and reached #10 on the U.S. Hard Rock chart. Their third album, At Heart, was recently released, and is receiving rave reviews. The latest album was produced by famed record producer Machine (Lamb of God, Everytime I Die, Suicide Silence) and is poised to become one of the biggest metal albums of 2012. The band has also found success by having their song, Forgive and Forget featured on the Saw VI Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, and another song, Apologies for the Weak, which is included in the video game Saints Row: The Third.
Miss May I is one of the headlining bands for this year’s Vans Warped Tour, playing on the Kia main stage. The band will be making several appearances throughout each day, including the Project143 booth, the Alternative Press Magazine booth and the band’s merchandise stand. Additionally, drummer Jerod Boyd and bassist Ryan Neff will be giving one–on–one daily music lessons at the official BANDHAPPY Music Lesson Tent.
In a recent interview, lead vocalist Levi Benton talked about the band, the newly released album and being a headliner on the Vans Warped Tour, which kicked off in Salt Lake City, Utah. Benton describes the band’s music as “old school metal” and of their music, said, “we aren’t trying to bring anything new to the table.” Surprisingly, Benton is not a big fan of metal music. As far as metal music he doesn’t listen to it. He has found influence in bands such as Underoath and As I Lay Dying, but that’s about it. As far as metal music is concerned, Benton said, “Since being on tour and playing it all the time, I’m over it.” However, he enjoys the crazy crowds at the metal shows and that is why he loves what he does. He doesn’t catch slack for this from fans or other bands. In fact, he said it has gained him respect for being honest.
Benton is excited about the new album, At Heart. A whole new team of people worked on this album and it was a refreshing thing for the band to be involved in. “There’s not a lot of computer generated stuff. We wanted to be old school, and we got to do what we wanted,” he said. Being able to work with a new producer has given Benton a new way to look at creating and performing their music. The band now looks at not only their music in a different light, but also all music in general. Miss May I has come a long way since playing for local music fans in Ohio just a short six years ago. The band is excited to perform three new songs from At Heart on the new tour. Benton’s favorite old Miss May I song to perform is Our Kings. One of his favorite new songs to perform live is Hey Mister.
In addition to creating and performing music, Benton also has an exclusive clothing line called Vursa Limited. After each set of the tour, he will be throwing a special edition t–shirt that he’ll personally be wearing on stage each day out into the crowd. There are only 41 of these shirts made, so it is sure to be a special treat for their fans.
The band is looking forward to meeting their fans at this year’s Vans Warped Tour, so be sure to check out the city closest to you. When arriving at the festival, attendees will be given specific times for each individual signing as well as each band’s performance times. Miss May I is also included in this year’s free official Alternative Press Magazine 2012 Vans Warped Tour Digital Guide. The tour runs through August 5th.