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.
The success set them on a frantic path of touring with the likes of Silverstein and New Found Glory and earned the band slots on the Warped Tour.
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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