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Music In Review: A Day to Remember - What Separates Me From You
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 01:15
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Since partnering with Victory Records in 2006, Jeremy McKinnon (vocals), Neil Westfall (guitar), Kevin Skaff (guitar), Joshua Woodward (bass), and Alex Shelnutt (drums), known collectively as A Day to Remember, have created quite the following. The Ocala, Florida bred guys have performed countless sold out shows including Bamboozle and Bamboozle Left, multiple Warped Tours, and have sold over half a million albums in the US and beyond. In addition to this widespread notoriety, A Day to Remember has been featured in spreads and on the cover of Alternative Press magazine, as well as numerous others. Reminiscent of all those screamo/pop-punk bands that make skinny high school kids feel badass, it’s a wonder what makes these guys different from the rest.

A Day to Remember’s recently released album, “What Separates Me From You” takes off on track one, Sticks & Bricks featuring head banging rifts and throat bleeding vocals, while track two, All I Want touches on that dramatic need to get out many can relate with: “All I want is a place to call my own.”

It’s Complicated reminds us of the pop punk days of Good Charlotte and Story of the Year…not much more to say about that.

2nd Sucks is the heaviest of the lot, and evokes intense emotion with McKinnon’s powerful screams.

All Signs Point to Lauderdale is a track dedicated to misunderstood youth. All that comes to mind is your typical angry teenager complaining about the town he lives in: “…and all my friends don’t give a fuck…when will I find where I fit in?” Would you like some cheese with that whine?!

You Be Tails, I’ll Be Sonic offers a heavy breakdown with rockin drums, guaranteeing mosh pits, two stepping, and crowd surfing.

“What Separates Me from You” closes with If I Leave—an energetic, what-if love song, and a sheep among lions.

While the band seems pretty generic to the biased ear, in the pop-punk/hardcore world A Day to Remember is certainly doing something right. You can catch these guys all over North America this fall, and in Australia and Europe after that.

 

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