A Day To Remember
A Day To Remember's third studio album, "Homesick," just missed making its debut in the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart. The '09 set sold over 20,000 copies in its first week. Albums at the top of the chart sell seven or eight times that in a week but it was still an impressive showing for the Ocala, FL, band.
A Day To Remember launched in '03. Back then, their drummer was Bobby Scruggs (later replaced by Alex Shellnut). Constant touring, playing small venues, paid off when the group signed with Indianola Records for their debut album, "And Their Name Was Treason." It sold more than 8,000 copies without much promotion.
A friend of bassist Joshua Woodward put A Day To Remember in touch with Victory Records. The group did a showcase performance for the label in Chicago and inked a deal. '07's "For Those Who Have Heart" raised the group's profile leading to more touring including a U.K. jaunt. They were nominated for "Best International Newcomer" in Kerrang! magazine's '08 survey - but they didn't get it (Black Tide did). Back in the States A Day To Remember hit the '08 Vans Warped Tour. Also, a remixed/remastered version of "And Their Name Was Treason" was reissued as "Old Record."
Coincidentally, A Day To Remember's contribution to the compilation "Pop Goes Punk 2" was a cover of The Fray's "Over My Head (Cable Car)." The Fray's self-titled sophomore album sat at #1 when "Homesick" hit the chart.
"What Separates Me From You," the group's the fourth studio album and their third for Victory Records, was the first to feature guitarist Kevin Skaff. The album debuted at #11 on the Billboard 200 and went to #1 on the Top Hard Rock Album, Top Independent Album, Top Modern Rock/Alternative Album charts.
When success arrives, bands and labels often get into a dispute over money and motives. A Day to Remember claimed, in an '11 lawsuit, that Victory owed them over $75,000 in royalties. Victory responded by arguing that the lawsuit was actually a ploy to get out of their five-album commitment and move to a major label.
A few days prior to release of "Common Courtesy," A Day To Remember won the right to put the album out on their own label while still contractually obligated to deliver at least two more albums for Victory. "The only thing (they) held above us was the right to put out this album and we won the right to put it out ourselves," said McKinnon.
The group's sixth album, "Bad Vibrations," dropped in '16. Like its predecessor, the album was released on the group's ADTR Records - distributed by Epitaph.
Recognizing A Day To Remember's success, they were given the keys to their hometown city of Ocala, FL on March 18th, 2017.
2005 And Their Name Was Treason
2007 For Those Who Have Heart
2010 What Separates Me From You
2013 Common Courtesy
2016 Bad Vibrations
A Day To Remember is a pretty good Power-Pop/Punk outfit but they ratchet it up significantly with the shift to Metal. This could sound schizophrenic but they are surprisingly able to work the two styles seamlessly. The group goes the acoustic ballad route about as often as they go totally Metal.