"We wanted to get in a room together and write as a band of five people again" - hmv.com talks to A Day To Remember
As they release their new album Bad Vibrations (which you can preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page), we sat down with A Day To Remember frontman Jeremy McKinnon to find out all about how they made it...
How did the writing and recording of Bad Vibrations compare to Common Courtesy?
"It was the polar opposite, one was done in the backroom of my house, the other we all flew to Colorado and rented a cabin in the woods. It was very different, but really cool."
How did you want this album to move on from what you’ve done before?
"We wanted to get in a room together and write as a band of five people again, that was the big change."
You worked with Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore on this album, why did you decide to work with them?
"We loved a tonne of their records growing up and what they do sonically way more than the other people we'd talked about going with. Also the bass tone for Comeback Kid's 'Wake The Dead' is the reference we've used for every album we've ever made. Fun fact for you there..."
What was the song on the album that took the longest to get right?
"'Turn Off The Radio'. That was written four or five different ways before we eventually went back to the way it started in the first place."
And which came together most quickly?
"'Paranoia', that just happened one night, it took about three hours to make and then we recorded it the next day. Super quick."
What kind of album this is lyrically? Does it have a common theme?
"There's no common theme, we had a lot of songs, about 40 and then we had a vote and we narrowed it down to 11. There was no real rhyme or reason to which songs made it, just the ones we were happiest with."
When did you settle on the title of Bad Vibrations? Were there any others in contention?
"We settled on Bad Vibrations right away, I brought to the guys and said 'I think this would be a tight album title' and they said 'Yeah, sick'. That was pretty much it, there were no other titles."
Of all the songs on the album, which are you most looking forward to playing live over the next year or so?
"I love playing 'Paranoia' and I'm really excited to play 'Justified', it's bouncy and a tonne of fun. See you on the road."