A Day to Remember is an American metalcore band from Ocala, Florida. Founded in 2003 by Tom Denney, Jeremy McKinnon, Josh Woodard, Neil Westfall and Brandon Roberts, the band has released four studio albums; the band's debut studio album, And Their Name Was Treason, released on May 10, 2005 followed by For Those Who Have Heart on January 23, 2007. The band's third album, Homesick, was released on February 3, 2009 and their fourth album What Separates Me from You on November 16, 2011. A Day to Remember is known for their unusual amalgamation of metalcore and pop punk as a musical style. The band is finishing up work on their fifth studio album, Common Courtesy, which is planned to be released either at the end of 2012 or early 2013. The band is currently in a legal dispute with Victory Records.
Early Years and And Their Name Was Treason (2003 - 2006)Edit
After all playing in different groups in the Ocala music scene, Jeremy McKinnon, Neil Westfall, Tom Denney, Josh Woodard, and Brandon Roberts came together in 2003. Soon after, the band embarked on a "DIY" tour, playing well over 200 shows, making a name for themselves. They were signed to Indianola Records, from which they recorded their debut full-length debut album, titled And Their Name Was Treason in May 2005. The album sold 8,690 copies but the band felt that bigger and better things were to come. "A friend of mine said he had the AIM screenname of someone at Victory Records,” Woodard said. "I didn’t believe him, but I still started communicating with the guy. We IM’ed back and forth for about six months, and it happened that we were playing with the band On the Last Day in a town outside of Chicago—and this guy was going to be there filming it. It was our first time we ever played in Illinois, yet the 50–60 kids there were singing along to our tunes like they’d been fans all their lives."
Victory Records and For Those Who Have Heart (2006 - 2008)Edit
Soon after signing with Victory Records, the band with their new drummer Alex Shelnutt went into Zing Studios to record their second full-length.
The album, titled For Those Who Have Heart was released in January 2007 on Victory Records and peaked at No. 17 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart and No. 43 on the Top Independent Albums chart. On September 24, 2007, they put a cover of Kelly Clarkson's hit single, "Since U Been Gone" on their MySpace. This was later featured on the re-release of For Those Who Have Heart, released in February 2008.
A Day to Remember toured the United Kingdom for the first time ever in January 2008, and were later nominated for "Best International Newcomer" at the 2008 Kerrang! Awards, but lost to Black Tide. Afterwards, the band had a lengthy tour opening for Silverstein along with The Devil Wears Prada, and Protest the Hero (who dropped off the tour and were replaced by A Static Lullaby). They then played The Bamboozle Left on April 6 at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, California, one of the two days at the 2008 Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 3 and 4, as well as the Download Festival in June, and the 2008 Vans Warped Tour. Before playing the Download Festival, they toured the UK with The Devil Wears Prada and Alesana on the Road To Download Tour. In mid 2008, the band played all the U.S. dates of the "Easycore Tour" along with New Found Glory, Four Year Strong, Crime in Stereo and International Superheroes of Hardcore.
Homesick and Denney's Departure (2008 - 2010)Edit
A remixed and remastered version of their first album, And Their Name Was Treason, titled Old Record, was released on October 28, 2008 through Victory Records. In December 2008, A Day to Remember toured across Australia with Parkway Drive, Suicide Silence, The Acacia Strain and Confession. A Day to Remember played sold out shows across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide in support of Parkway Drive's "Sweatfest" 2008 Australian tour. Later that month, the band also finished recording their third studio album, Homesick. It was released on February 2, 2009 in Europe and February 3, 2009 in the United States and placed at No. 21 on Billboard's Top 200 Listings and at No. 1 on Top Independent Albums. It was additionally featured in Rolling Stone's "Top 40 Albums" that month, hitting number 21, and as of July 2010 has sold over 200,000 copies. Following two sold-out UK tours, A Day to Remember went on a European tour in February 2009, with the leg of the tour that took the band to Germany for the first time supported by For the Fallen Dreams and Kenai.
A Day to Remember toured the United States from March to May 2009 with The Devil Wears Prada, Sky Eats Airplane and Emarosa. Prior to the tour, Tom Denney broke his wrist; filling in for him was Kevin Skaff formerly of Four Letter Lie. They also toured the UK with For the Fallen Dreams and Azriel. They also toured as part of the Warped Tour 2009, played at the Download Festival 2009 and toured Asia, Australia and New Zealand in August and September. The band also contributed a track to Punk Goes Pop 2 record from Fearless Records, covering The Fray's "Over My Head (Cable Car)".
On June 2, 2009, the band announced that Tom Denney had left the band. The band stated that Denney left because he wants to focus on his marriage, a family, and his recording studio. Denney has been noted for recording such bands as The Starlight Getaway, Dang! We're On Fire, We Are Defiance as well as a number of solo acts. Regardless of his departure from the band, he will still remain a part of the writing process of new material. His replacement is Kevin Skaff, formerly of Four Letter Lie.
"The Downfall of Us All" was released as downloadable content for the Rock Band series of video games, whilst "NJ Legion Iced Tea" was released as a download for Guitar Hero World Tour on July 9, 2009.
A Day to Remember were set to play Reading & Leeds Festival in 2009 but pulled out due to Neil Westfall having to have surgery. They did their first headlining tour called The Pulling Your Pud Tour, along with Parkway Drive, In Fear and Faith, and I See Stars starting in September 2009. The band then supported Bring Me the Horizon, with guest August Burns Red, on their tour of the UK and Europe in October–November 2009.
On December 16, 2009, A Day to Remember released a holiday-oriented song as a single entitled "Right Where You Want Me to Be". A video was also made for the song and released through SantaMosh.com
What Separates Me from You (2010 - 2012)Edit
A Day to Remember performed at the 2010 Soundwave Australian music festival. They toured across the UK in March 2010 with support from Architects and Your Demise followed by Toursick in North America with August Burns Red, Silverstein, Enter Shikari, Veara, and Go Radio from March 31 to May 18, 2010. On July 14, 2010, MTV.com posted the music video for the band's latest single from Homesick – "Have Faith in Me", on their website.
According to Victory Records, it was claimed that the band will set to release their fourth studio album titled "What Separates Me From You" on October 26, 2010. The album was recorded in Ocala, Florida, with producer Chad Gilbert who has also produced Homesick, with the tracking being done on July 23, 2010.
On September 20, 2010, A Day to Remember announced in a live video through Victory Records website the name of their new album being What Separates Me from You. They also then revealed the cover art for the album. The album was delayed a few weeks for release until November 16, 2010. On November 16, 2010, it was announced that A Day to Remember will play the 2011 edition of the Vans Warped Tour. Prior to Vans Warped Tour 2011, A Day to Remember headlined the "Game Changers Tour" (March – April 2011) with support from Bring Me the Horizon, Pierce the Veil, and We Came as Romans.
On January 6, 2011, the band showcased the official music video for the first single taken from the album, "All I Want" through an MTV premiere. The music video features several musicians from many different musical groups such as A Day to Remember's former lead guitarist Tom Denney, as well as Vic Fuentes, Pete Wentz, Dallas Taylor, Tim Lambesis and others. On January 11, 2011, the band made their national TV debut, while performing the songs "All I Want" and "Better Off This Way" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. On June 7, 2011, the band released the music video for the second single off the album – "All Signs Point to Lauderdale"
On December 15, 2011, it was announced that the band has plans of pressing charges against Victory due to breach of contract. Legal action was reportedly initiated on May 31 of that year, in which the band claims that Victory owes them over $75,000 in royalties. Victory Records has said, on their behalf, that the lawsuit is actually about the band's refusal to fulfill their 5 album contractual commitment to Victory and their newfound desire to move to a major label, and that Victory Records did not seek attention with this lawsuit trying to find middle ground with the band. The lawsuit came soon after A Day to Remember has started working with new management, and it is speculated that management has pressured the band to go to court.
On December 30, 2011, in an interview with an exclusive Kerrang! podcast, Jeremy has said that the band's previous lead guitarist Tom Denney would set to provide vocals on their upcoming new record. "As for if he would be screaming, chumming tunes, whistling or rapping on the track, we have not decided yet. It's totally a game changer for Tom to be in this set."
On February 27, 2012, the band released "2nd Sucks" as the fourth single off What Separates Me from You, along with a music video, featuring their ex-guitarist Tom Denney.
Common Courtesy (2012 - present)Edit
The band announced they had written a bunch of new songs during the months of November–December 2011 while touring and will be entering the studio in March 2012, to record their fifth studio album.
Beginning in January 2012, the band went on tour supporting Rise Against throughout the US, with the tour spreading over two legs and the band performing in Australia and New Zealand between tour two parts.
The lead single from the band's upcoming album will be "This Is Not What We're Supposed to Be" as confirmed by the band members in a live streaming webcam chat. It was also revealed to be a song that didn't make the cut for their previous album, What Separates Me from You, and thus would be included on the new record. No official release date has been announced yet.
On May 8, 2012 at a show in New Jersey, it was announced by the band that the upcoming album would be called "Common Courtesy". Recording of the album began on May 14th and finished on November 15th.
On December 3, 2012 the band social networks lit up with a link to their official website. On their website a countdown working down to midnight on December 21st for unknown reasons. Earlier in the year however when A Day To Remember was on tour with Rise Against, at the shows Jeremy told the crowd that "they would have a new album out this year". On December 20, 2012 the band released their first single from their upcoming album, "Violence (Enough Is Enough)".
A Day to Remember have been described by critics as metalcore, pop punk, post-hardcore, and emo-pop. They have been described as a fusion of "emo, hardcore, and metal". A Day to Remember's song structures typically follow a metalcore verses and blends into a more pop punk style chorus. Fans and critics alike have described this blend as "pop-mosh," "popcore", and, more recently, "easycore". When asked in an interview with Absolute Punk about their sound, Jeremy McKinnon stated:
"It's weird. See, it's funny because we have been doing this for so long. When we started, this shit was not cool. Everyone told us mixing the two genres wouldn't work. Hell, a lot of people still feel that way. We've just always played what we wanted to hear, and to be honest people weren't doing it back then. We loved pop punk, we loved hardcore bands, and we couldn't decide what to be. So we said fuck it. Let's do them both."
- Jeremy McKinnon - lead vocals (2003 - present)
- Kevin Skaff - lead guitar and backing vocals (2009 - present)
- Josh Woodard - bass guitar (2003 - present)
- Neil Westfall - rhythm guitar and backing vocals (2003 - present)
- Alex Shelnutt - drums (2006 - present)
- Tom Denney - lead guitar and backing vocals (2003 - 2009)
- Bobby Scruggs - drums (2003 - 2006)
- Brandon Roberts - drums (2003)
- And Their Name Was Treason (Indianola Records, May 10, 2005)
- For Those Who Have Heart (Victory Records, January 23, 2007)
- Homesick (Victory Records, February 3, 2009)
- What Separates Me from You (Victory Records, November 16, 2010)
- Common Courtesy (Self-Released, 2013)
- Attack of the Killer B-Sides (Victory Records, May 25, 2010)