A Day to Remember

Austin B.

Managing Editor

The story of A Day to Remember is one that gives hope and inspiration to many local bands. The band originated in Florida and now travels all over the world doing what the members dreamed of: playing the music that the band would want to hear. It seems that there is a massive population who agrees with the band’s music style, that being a mixed of post-hardcore and pop punk.

A Day to Remember is a punk pop band that formed in Ocala, Florida, in 2003 by drummer Bobby Scruggs and guitarist Tom Denney. Very soon after forming the idea of the band, the two picked up rhythm guitarist Neil Westfall, bassist Joshua Woodard, and vocalist Jeremy McKinnon, who previously was a member of another metalcore band, All For Nothing. After completing the band’s roster, A Day to Remember quickly left for its debut tour, playing songs from its independently released EP album, Songs from the Attic, which would send it to over 200 different cities. After the band’s tour, it signed with Indianola Records on February 9th, 2005, and then recorded and released its first full length album titled And Their Name Was Treason in May of 2005, which featured songs such as “You Had Me at Hello.” Upon release of the album, it sold 8,700 copies, which was impressive for a band that had not yet made a national name.

The bassist of the band, Woodard, had a friend who could get in contact with someone at another record label, Victory Records. The band knew that it would receive more publicity and tour opportunities if it were to sign with the new label, as it had a more remarkable reputation, so in 2006, it did. A few months after signing with Victory Records, drummer Bobby Scruggs left the band, due to him wanting to focus on his family, and he was replaced by Alex Shellnutt, a rookie player who impressed the band with his skill.

The band jumped into the Zing Studios very quickly after the changes to begin recording its second album, titled For Those Who Have Hearts, with songs such as “The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle,” which was released in January 2007. The band then did a cover of Kelly Clarkson’s hit song, “Since You Been Gone” in September of 2007, which was put on the re-release of its second full album, which dropped in February 2008. The band played its first international show in London in January of 2008.

Not long after leaving for the tour, the band was nominated for “Best International Newcomer” at the Kerrang! Awards in 2008 but did not win. The band then went on tour, opening for a band named Silverstein, and they also played on Vans Warped Tour, a tour that features many post-hardcore bands, in the summer of 2008. The band remade and remixed their album And Their Name Was Treason and released the revisions on a new album named Old Record. This remastered album was released on October 28th, 2008. The band toured across Australia in December of 2008, playing sold-out shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide.

At the end of 2008, A Day to Remember finished recording a new album, Homesick, which was released on February 3rd, 2009, and featured songs like “Have Faith in Me”; it almost immediately jumped to number one on Top Independent Albums and made it to number 21 on Rolling Stone’s Top 40 Albums for February.  Junior David Schwieger says, “So far I think Homesick is my favorite ADTR album.” From March to May of 2009, the band toured across America. However, prior to the tour, guitarist Tom Denney broke his wrist, leaving him unable to play on the tour; he was temporarily replaced by Kevin Skaff, who came from another band named Four Letter Lie, and would eventually permanently replace Denney as the lead guitarist. The band also toured on Vans Warped Tour again in 2009 and was featured on Pop Goes Punk 2 (an album on which punk bands play pop songs) with its cover of The Fray’s “Over My Head (Cable Car).” On June 2nd, 2009, guitarist Tom Denney announced that he was leaving the band to focus on his family and his recording studio. Though he left the band, Denney is still a part of the songwriting for the band. A Day to Remember headlined its first tour beginning in September 2009, opened for by Parkway Drive, In Fear and Faith, and I See Stars. The band announced in November of 2010 that it would be traveling on Vans Warped Tour 2011.

A Day to Remember dropped its newest album, What Separates Me from You, to iTunes on October 1st, 2011. On December 15th of 2011, it was announced that the band intended to file a lawsuit against Victory Records for breach of contract; it was believed that the label owed the band over $75,000 for breaching contract, while the label believed the band was still contractually obligated to release two more albums through Victory.

On August 23rd, 2013, A Day to Remember announced that its newest album would be released on October 8th, but the question still remained: would it be independently released, released on Victory Records, or on another record label? A Day to Remember was awarded, by the court, the right to self-release its new album, and that is what the band did. Senior Blake Landsiedell states, “It’s great that they can release that album on their own; that label couldn’t handle it.” Common Courtesy, as the new album was named, was released on the band’s website (ADTR.com) for digital download and has already become a huge hit. On October 17th, the band announced that on November 26th, 2013, three more tracks will be added to the album, and the album will be available in stores.

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