with Papa Roach, Falling in Reverse, The Devil Wears Prada
Over the course of the past several years, each of A Day To Remembers releases have hit No. 1 on Billboards Rock, Indie and/or Alternative Charts. Theyve also sold more than a million units, racked up over 400 million Spotify streams and 500 million YouTube views, garnered two gold-selling albums and singles (and one silver album in the UK) and sold out entire continental tours (including their own curated Self Help Festival), amassing a global fanbase whose members number in the millions. All of which explains why Rolling Stone called them An Artist You Need To Know. In other words, their creative process has worked and worked well.But for new album Bad Vibrations, the Ocala, Florida-based quintet of vocalist Jeremy McKinnon, guitarists Kevin Skaff and Neil Westfall, bassist Joshua Woodard and drummer Alex Shelnutt switched gears and headed for uncharted territory. Their path included a loose and much more collaborative songwriting process, one that also saw them recording for the first time with producers Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag) and Jason Livermore (Rise Against, NOFX). And though the albums being released on the bands own ADTR Records (like 2013s Common Courtesy), this record marks their first distribution deal with Epitaph and is the first time theyve worked with Grammy winner Andy Wallace (Foo Fighters, Slayer), who was brought in to mix.We completely changed the way we wrote, recorded and mixed this album, says vocalist Jeremy McKinnon. It was one of the most unique recording experiences weve ever had. We rented a cabin in the Colorado mountains and just wrote with the five of us together in a room, which was the polar opposite of the last three albums weve made. We just let thingshappen organically and in the moment. I think it forever changed the way we make music. And working with Bill was an awesome experience. He was a bit hard to read at first, so I think we subconsciously pushed ourselves harder to try to impress him. As a result, we gave this album everything we had.Recorded at Stevensons Fort Collins-based Blasting Room Studios, Bad Vibrations masterfully channels the kinetic energy that recently found A Day To Remember named The Best Live Band Of 2015 by Alternative Press. The band decided to forgo digitally driven production and focus on live recording. These days it seems like a lot of heavy sounding music is heading more and more in a digital direction, notes McKinnon. Thats not necessarily a bad thing, but we wanted to go the opposite way and make something thats aggressive but has more of a natural flow and feel to it.By powering Bad Vibrations with so much raw passion, A Day To Remember ultimately deliver some of their most emotionally intense material todate. Im like a child screaming in a room when I write, laughs McKinnon. Im singing about the things that are frustrating me, but at some point theres an arc within the song. Its almost like Im giving advice to another person about whatever Im struggling with, but I think Im really just trying to give that advice to myself.The catharsis-inducing album sees the band tackling duplicity and deception (on the gloriously frenzied Same About You), the destructive nature of judgmental behavior (on Justified, a track shot through with soaring harmonies and sprawling guitar work), addiction (on the darkly charged Reassemble), and friendship poisoned by unchecked ego (on Bullfight, a track with a classic-punk chorus that brilliantly gives way to a Viking-metal-inspired bridge).Paranoia, one of the most urgent tracks on Bad Vibrations, fuses fitful tempos and thrashing riffs in its powerful portrait of mental unravelingan idea born from the bands commitment to close collaboration in making the album. Originally it was a joke song about someone being paranoid, but then Neil and Kevin and I started brainstorming lyrics together, which wed never done before, recalls McKinnon. It ended up being shaped so that the verse is a person talking to apsychiatrist, the pre-chorus is the psychiatrist talking back to that person, and then the chorus is paranoia personified. The whole thing just exploded and came together in this really cool way.On Naivety, the band slips into a melancholy mood thats perfectly matched by the songs bittersweet, pop-perfect melody. Says McKinnon, Its about that journey when youre getting older and starting to view the world as a little less magical than you used to, and youre missing that youthful enthusiasm from when you were a kid.Ultimately, McKinnon says that this particular album-making process breathed new life into the band. Breaking out of our comfort zone and working in a less controlled way, we ended up making something that feels good to everyone, and we cant wait to go out and tour on it, he says. I think a big part of why our music connects with people is that theyre able to get such an emotional release from our songs. And while most of the songs are me venting about whatevers affecting me at the time, people who are going through something similar can see that its coming from a real, honest place. Thats really the core of what A Day To Remember has always been.A Day To Remembers new album, Bad Vibrations, is available now on ADTR Records.
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A Day to Remember took a while to reach acclaim and headlining tour dates, mostly because the band is a true DIY success story. The band worked tirelessly to promote themselves and beg to play concert dates before hitting it big, but all the hard work paid off for this metalcore/pop punk band. "Metalcore slash pop punk?" you may cry. While many bands blend elements of the two into their music, A Day to Remember has both hard, screaming metal songs as well as melodic pop punk songs, all on the same album! After years of playing small concert dates that they painstakingly set up themselves, A Day to Remember is headlining a number of tour dates in 2011, including concert dates with Bring Me the Horizon and a headlining spot on Warped Tour dates in 2011.
The band was formed in 2003 in Ocala, Florida, by Neil Westfall (rhythm guitar), Tom Denney (lead guitar), Joshua Woodard (bass), and Bobby Scruggs (drums), after all being in separate local bands. The group scraped together some songs and embarked on a 200-concert date DIY tour. The band was soon signed to Indianola Records and their debut album, And Their Name Was Treason, was released in 2005.
Shortly after signing with Victory, the band replaced drummer Bobby Scruggs with Alex Shellnutt and headed to the studios to record For Those Who Have Heart. The album was released in January 2007 and broke into indie and newcomer charts almost immediately. With the success of the album, A Day to Remember embarked on a number of mainstream tour dates, including performances at Bamboozle Left and Right in 2008 and concert dates on the 2008 Warped Tour. In 2008, A Day to Remember embarked on a series of concert dates across Australia with Parkway Drive, both bands enjoying the success that hardcore music was bringing them. Even with constant concert dates, the group found time to record their third album, Homesick, released at the end of 2008.
In June 2009, lead guitarist Tom Denney left the band to focus on his family and his burgeoning recording career. Despite being replaced by Kevin Skaff (formerly of label-mate Four Letter Lie), Denney has contributed to A Day to Remember's new material as a writer. Following Denney's departure, A Day to Remember played their first headlining tour dates in September, 2009, joining up with Parkway Drive again on The Pulling Your Pud Tour. A Day to Remember's latest album is What Separates Me From You, released in 2010, which has brought the band even more mainstream success.
After extensively touring in promotion of the album, A Day to Remember performed even more tour dates in 2011 for their What Separates Me From You Tour. A Day to Remember also has a number of concert dates planned for South America starting June 7 and ending on June 12, right before they head back stateside. A Day to Remember will canvass the US with concert dates yet again before ending their 2011 tour dates. With so many chances to catch A Day to Remember with other great metal acts, fans should check Eventful's schedule to see when the band is coming to their area.
In the small Northern California town of Vacaville, four high school friends, Jacoby Shaddix, Jerry Horton, Dave Buckner, and Will James, decided to start a band. In 1993, they became Papa Roach, a band whose influences included prominent Bay Area acts such as Faith No More and Primus. Papa Roach quickly rose to the top of the Vacaville music scene with their blending of hip-hop, groove-funk, and hardcore.
After a couple of years of playing coffeehouses, pizza joints, and keg-parties, they were headlining such places as the Cactus Club in San Jose, the Cattle Club in Sacramento, and the Berkeley Square in Berkeley. Due to the antics of unpredictable Shaddix, and the raw power supplied by the band in live performances, Papa Roach captured the attention of younger audiences. In turn, kids showed their appreciation for the band by faithfully attending all the band's shows. In these early years, Papa Roach was able to support the Deftones on two shows, and have bands such as Incubus, Snot, Far, Human Waste Project, Downset and Fu Manchu open for them.
In the summer of 1996, while realizing athat they had something special, Papa Roach decided to make changes necessary to reach the next level. First, the band replaced bass player Will James because his commitment to church summer camp that would have prevented the band from practicing and playing any shows over the summer. Papa Roach did not have to go far to find their new bass player. Tobin Esperance, who was only 16 years old and who had been a roadie for Papa Roach since age 13, readily became the new bass player. Second, the band hired a manager, Bret Bair, to help them with bookings, promotions, and merchandising. With a new bass player and management in place, Papa Roach decided to enter the studio to record a full-length CD.
"Old Friends From Young Years" was recorded for $700 at E.S.P. Studios in Pittsburg, California, and was subsequently released in February of 1997. The CD contains 13 tracks, including the songs "Orange Drive Palms", and "Liquid Diet". Without any push from the band or management, many smaller independent and college radio stations in Chico, Davis, San Jose, Sacramento, and the Bay Area added Papa Roach to their playlists. To the bands' surprise, Papa Roach charted number one as Cal-State Sacramento's most requested band for five consecutive weeks. Papa Roach celebrated the release of their first album with several CD release shows. The Vacaville CD release show was attended by 700 kids, while CD release shows in Berkeley and Sacramento were attended by 400 and 300 kids, respectively.
Papa Roach's emerging popularity did not escape the eyes and ears of promoters, who started booking the band as a support act on many larger national shows. In March of 1997, Papa Roach played main support to Suicidal Tendencies in front of 1,000 people in Sacramento. They also either headlined or supported many of today's up and coming acts in the aggressive rock genre, including Incubus, Snot, Far, Human Waste Project, (hed) p.e., Sevendust, WIll Haven and Powerman 5000. Papa Roach has also played Southern California on a frequent basis, and is now becoming a regular at such reknowned clubs as the Troubador in Hollywood, and Soma in San Diego.
In April 1998, Papa Roach released "5 Tracks Deep", and E.P. containing five songs which sold 1,000 copies within the first month after its release. This CD exemplifies the natural growth in musicianship and song-writing ability within band since "Old Friends From Young Years" was recorded 18 months earlier. The songs "Revenge in Japanese" is a perfect example of the Papa Roach trademark sound where hip-hop verses lead to a catchy radio-friendly chorus. This results in a song with both energy and emotion that will attract diverse crowds of people.