Takeover Tuesday Playlist: Mayday Parade's Alex Garcia Shares Recent Finds From The Clash, J. Cole & More

Anna Lee
Mayday Parade

Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.

After storming onto the scene in 2006 with their debut EP, Tales Told by Dead Friends, Mayday Parade became one of the key voices in emo and pop punk that helped to define a new era in rock music.

Still devoted as ever, the band continues to please their everlasting fan base by releasing albums every two to three years, culminating in the release of their sixth studio album, Sunnyland, in June. In support of the album, Mayday Parade will embark on their 39-date Welcome to Sunnyland US tour, which kicks off today (Oct. 2) in their hometown of Tallahassee, Florida.

In the search for something new to listen to before hitting the roadMayday's lead guitarist Alex Garcia created a playlist of songs that recently grabbed his attention and shared it with Billboard for this week's Takeover Tuesday playlist. Garcia's eclectic mix of 22 tunes -- including cuts from J. ColeThe BeatlesB.B. King and The Clash -- is reflective of his sporadic selection process.

“These are just songs that I’ve found or heard randomly through the first bit of fall that for some reason or another caught me," Garcia explained. "If I notice myself actively being like, 'What is that?' I always add it to my playlists. That’s the best way I’ve been able to find new music.”

One of his picks isn't just a happenstance stumble-upon, though -- Mayday Parade's impassioned Sunnyland lead single "Piece of Your Heart" comes in as Garcia's last track. Get a peek into Garcia's music listening habits with his playlist below, and check out when Mayday Parade's tour will be stopping by a city near you.

Welcome To Sunnyland Tour Dates

October 2 -- The Moon in Tallahassee, FL
October 4 -- Iron City in Birmingham, AL
October 5 -- House Of Blues in New Orleans, LA
October 6 -- White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX
October 7 -- Alamo City Music Hall in San Antonio, TX
October 9 -- House Of Blues in Dallas, TX
October 11 -- The Van Buren in Phoenix, AZ
October 12 -- Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV
October 14 -- House Of Blues in San Diego, CA
October 16 -- House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA
October 17 -- The UC Theatre in Berkeley, CA
October 18 -- Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA
October 20 -- Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR
October 21 -- The Showbox in Seattle, WA
October 23 -- The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT
October 24 -- Summit Music Hall in Denver, CO
October 26 -- House Of Blues in Chicago, IL
October 27 -- The Rave in Milwaukee, WI
October 28 -- The Pageant in St. Louis, MO
October 30 -- First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN
November 1 -- Bogart’s in Cincinnati, OH
November 2 -- Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, MI
November 3 -- Agora Theatre in Cleveland, OH
November 4 -- Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH
November 6 -- Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA
November 7 -- Rebel in Toronto, ON
November 8 -- Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY
November 9 -- Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ
November 10 -- House of Blues in Boston, MA
November 13 -- PlayStation Theater in New York, NY
November 14 -- The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA
November 15 -- Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring, MD
November 16 -- The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC
November 17 -- Masquerade in Atlanta, GA
November 18 -- Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN
November 20 -- Maverick’s in Jacksonville, FL
November 21 -- The Ritz Ybor in Tampa, FL
November 23 -- House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, FL
November 24 -- Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale, FL