A Day To Remember (ADTR) is a rock band that was formed in Ocala, Florida, in 2003. Shortly after releasing two demos in 2004 and 2005, ADTR was signed to Idianola Records and released And Their Name Was Treason (2005). After gaining a massive local following in Ocala, they were signed to Victory Records in 2006, where they would release three albums: For Those Who Have Heart (2007), Homesick (2009), and What Separates Me From You (2011). After several years of touring, selling hundreds of thousands of albums, and gaining millions of fans, ADTR grew to be one of the biggest bands of their genre.
One of the biggest reasons ADTR grew so well was their ability to combine multiple alternative genres. Some of these genres included: post-hardcore, indie, metalcore, pop-punk, melodic rock, and punk with the occasional acoustic song. ADTR’s record label, Victory, saw the insane following this band has garnered and ended up stealing millions of dollars in revenue from ADTR. So, in 2012, ADTR filed a lawsuit to break away from Victory and be given the total revenue that was stolen. After a successful court case, ADTR self-released Common Courtesy (2013) that was highly influenced by the recent legal matters they faced. With 16 songs, and running over an hour long, ADTR sold 180,000 copies, making it their best-selling album to date. On Sept. 2, 2016, the band released their highest-anticipated album, Bad Vibrations, of which was deemed the best album they have made. And, oh boy, it sure is.
The album opens up with the title track “Bad Vibrations,” a melodic-punk song that catapults you into this extremely versatile album.
Next is the song “Paranoia,” that features Jeremy McKinnons punk vocals that helps the song bombard anyone that walks in its path.
With a classic transition from ADTR, you get an immensely, fun song entitled “Naivety” that brings you to reminisce your childhood.
To satisfy fans of heavier music, we get what is perhaps ADTR’s most emotionally intense song they have ever written, “Exposed.” With multiple breakdowns and loud bass tones and classic thrashing guitar riffs, Mckinnons screams, “No war, no peace.”
“Bullfight” is the most lyrically different song on the album. Jeremy expresses ideals of diminishing art and censorship with a soaring falsetto.
“Reassemble” is cataloged as another heavy, metalcore song that will surely get the crowds moving during concerts, and “Justified” will get you singing in your car at the top of your lungs, while “We Got This” will get ADTR’s large audience yelling together in unity.
“Same About You” features some great guitar solos by Kevin Skaff that ADTR’s listeners have never tasted before, and “Turn Off The Radio” reminds you of nostalgic, 80’s radio rock as Mckinnon reaches the highest notes he has ever attempted.
“Forgive and Forget” takes you on a slow journey that reminds its listeners of their hard times. Heck, this song made me cry upon first listen! With a smooth transition into “Negative Space,” and with the emotions of the previous song still lingering, your heart is ripped out as you proclaim your sadness upon signing this song.
Finally, we end with “In Florida,” my favorite song. Mckinnon perfectly captures, with his vocals, the destructive hurt that love can cause. This album ends, leaving us in shambles and itching to relive the emotions created by this work.
This is, by far, A Day To Remember’s best album. Bad Vibrations shows the world that ADTR is not some one-trick-pony, but a band that takes risks. Alex Shellnut hits the drums with such power and showcases variable techniques; Kevin Skaff and Niel Westfall shred the guitars—I mean shred—to a new level and ability that we did not think they were capable of doing; Jeremy Mckinnon proves how great of a vocalist he is by presenting a different vocal style on every song, vocal styles that have never been heard by him on any album. Bad Vibrations is a very unique album in the sense that it is very unlike A Day To Remember, but, at the same time, it is. Bad Vibrations will surely gain ADTR new fans and keep old ones for some time longer as this will be at the top of your playlist for a long time.
– Colt Pierce