Maylene and the Sons of Disaster is a Southern Rock/Metal band. They 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 and the Sons of Disaster. He was the original vocalist for the metalcore band, Underoath, but was "asked to leave" the band in late 2003.
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".
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.
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."
During a performance at the Cornerstone California music festival on September 28, 2007, Dallas informed the audience that the band's song "Memories Of The Grove" would be featured in the upcoming Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, however, it wasn't included. Instead, it was featured as a downloadable track for Guitar Hero II. "Memories of the Grove" was also featured on the Tony Hawk's: Proving Ground soundtrack.