Miss May I

Miss May I
Miss May I

Miss May I in 2010. From left to right: Ryan Neff, Justin Aufdemkampe, Levi Benton, Jerod Boyd and B.J Stead.
Background information
Origin Troy, Ohio USA
Genres Metalcore
Years active 2006–present
Labels Rise
Associated acts Rose Funeral, The Word Alive, Bleeding Through
Levi Benton
Ryan Neff
Jerod Boyd
Justin Aufdemkampe
B.J. Stead
Past members
Josh Gillispie

Miss May I is an American metalcore band from Troy, Ohio. On December 6, 2008, Miss May I announced that they had been signed to Rise Records. The band's debut album, Apologies Are for the Weak, reached #29 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers, and #66 on Top Independent Albums.[1] Their song, "Forgive and Forget", is featured on the Saw VI Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.[2] The music video for the song premiered on Headbangers Ball on November 21, 2009.[3] They released their second studio album, Monument, on August 17, 2010.



Miss May I was formed in 2006, in Troy, Ohio with the original members being Levi Benton, Justin Aufdemkampe, BJ Stead, Ryan Neff (who left in late 2007 to join Cincinnati band, Rose Funeral and was then replaced by Josh Gillespie), and Jerod Boyd. They started as a group of 16-year olds, and their first release was a 5-track EP titled Vows for a Massacre and followed it up with a demo in 2008, which was self-released. This demo contained 4 tracks, including "Architect" and "Tides", which would later on be featured in their first full-length album, Apologies Are for the Weak in 2009.[4] It was after this release, that the band was signed to Rise Records.

After just beginning their tour with Carnifex, Impending Doom, and Conducting from the Grave, Miss May I's then bassist/guitarist, Gillispie, made the decision to leave the band. According to Gillispie, touring just "wasn't for [him]", and he knew that with the debut album being put out touring was going to be essential.[citation needed] Ryan Neff re-joined the band after his short lived position in Rose Funeral.

The band has also covered "Swing" by rapper Savage. They toured on the "Bangover Tour" with Blessthefall, Greeley Estates, and Before Their Eyes.

On April 5, 2010, it was announced that the band will be embarking on the Back to the Roots tour along with The Devil Wears Prada and Your Demise. The tour will begin on June 28, 2010 and will end on August 29, 2010 going all across the United States.

According to the website of producer Joey Sturgis' Foundation Studios, Miss May I have booked studio time in May 2010 to ostensibly record the follow-up to their debut album. According to Ryan Neffs twitter, the new album will be sometime released in August and they are filming new music video.

On June 11, 2010, Levi Benton announced that there would be a track on the new album called "Colossal" and that the album would be called "Monument".

On June 24th, Miss May I announced via Facebook that the new album "Monument" will be released August 17th and that they are recording a video at Mansfield Prison for the song "Relentless Chaos."

On June 28th, Miss May I released the new album artwork for "Monument" which features the "Apologies Are For The Weak" Lion in the form of what seems to be a Door Handle. The band's new Logo is featured as well.

On July 6th, 2010, "Relentless Chaos" was released on the band's Myspace, also featuring the new album artwork and logo. Also on July 6th, a promotional video for Monuments was released with a 40 second preview of the song "Our Kings" at The Basement located in Columbus, Ohio.

On August 31, it was announced that Miss May I would be covering "Run This Town" on Punk Goes Pop 3.

On September 3rd, 2010, Miss May I released their music video for "Relentless Chaos" Directed by Thunder Down Country.

In December 2010, Miss May I announced that they will be on the Vans Warped tour in 2011.

The band is scheduled to appear on the We Came as Romans Merchnow.com + Arkaik Clothing "I'm Alive" Tour (September - October, 2011) with Close To Home, Of Mice & Men, and Texas in July.[5]. Following that they will co-headline a tour called the 'No Guts No Glory' tour with Pierce the Veil, Woe, Is Me, and Letlive.

Religious Views

In an interview with Dayton Daily News writer Madeline Bush,[6] when asked what they thought their music conveyed, Benton replied:

"Well, we have been asked a lot if we are a Christian band due to our lyrics. And the answer to that is no, but some of us are Christians and others are not. But myself as a Christian, I try and not put the wrong negative message out in our lyrics. Most of what we stand for is just a band that plays for the crowd be happy and love what we are doing as much as we do."

Band members

Current members
Former members
  • Josh Gillespie - bass guitar, clean vocals (2007–2009)


Year Album Label Chart peaks[1][7]
US 200 US Rock US Indie US Hard Rock US Heat
2009 Apologies Are for the Weak Rise 66 29
2010 Monument 76 31 15 10
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.
  • Vows for a Massacre (self-released, 2007)
  • Demo (self-released, 2008)


Year Title Director(s)
2009 "Architect" Thunder Down Country
2009 "Forgive and Forget" Spencer Nicholson[8]
2010 "Relentless Chaos" Thunder Down Country
2010 "Our Kings" Thunder Down Country
2011 "Masses of a Dying Breed" Thunder Down Country


[9] [10] [11] [12] [13]

  1. ^ a b Miss May I at IndieStar
  2. ^ "Saw VI Soundtrack Final Lineup Revealed". Metal Underground. 14 September 2009. http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=48267. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Forgive and Foget - Miss May I - Music Video". MTV. http://www.mtv.com/videos/miss-may-i/447635/forgive-and-forget.jhtml. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  4. ^ http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/groupe-groupe-Miss_May_I-l-en.html
  5. ^ [1]"WeCameAsRomans.com". http://www.takeoverstudio.com/%20target=. http://wecameasromans.com/. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  6. ^ Bush, Madeline (13 August 2009). "Miss May I set the record straight on its name and image". Dayton Daily News. http://www.daytondailynews.com/entertainment/music/miss-may-i-sets-the-record-straight-on-its-name-and-image-248250.html?printArticle=y. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Apologies Are for the Weak - Miss May I | Billboard.com
  8. ^ http://www.cmt.com/videos/miss-may-i/447635/forgive-and-forget.jhtml
  9. ^ Miss May I on Sputnik Music.
  10. ^ Miss May I on Metalunderground.
  11. ^ Miss May I on Topix.
  12. ^ Miss May I on Last.fm.
  13. ^ Miss May I 'Monument' Review on SouthSonic Music.

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