With an idea to do something distinctly different, A Day to Remember assembled six years ago from the ashes of a variety of other bands in the flourishing Metal/Punk scene around Ocala, Fla. Utilizing influences that ranged from Post-Hardcore to Pop/Punk to Death Metal, ADTR crafted their 2005 debut, And Their Name was Treason, in the tension between Jimmy Eat World’s Emo Pop bounce and As I Lay Dying’s Metal brutality and came up with an album that ultimately sold nearly 10,000 copies on word of mouth alone.
In 2006, ADTR played a showcase for Chicago Hardcore indie Victory Records after making a friend-of-a-friend connection with someone affiliated with the label, which led to their sophomore album and Top-20 Billboard Victory debut, 2007’s For Those Who Have Heart.
ADTR has been on the media’s radar ever since, earning a Kerrang! Award nomination for Best International Newcomer and nailing a slot in Alternative Press’ Most Anticipated Albums of 2009 for their justreleased third album, Homesick.
On paper, it seems hard to reconcile ADTR’s blend of Blink-182’s Pop effervescence and A Static Lullaby’s guttural roar, but clearly their fans approve of their sonic hybrid. The band’s rousing cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” was a staple of alternative radio and television last summer and they hit a similar groove with their take on The Fray’s “Over My Head” on the second volume of Fearless Records’ Punk Goes Pop compilation. If you’re not doing anything this Friday, meet A Day to Remember down at the corner of Melody and Mayhem.
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