A Day To Remember’s 'Common Courtesy': The year’s most troubled album is finally seeing the light of day
At the tail end of 2011 Florida’s riotous punk collective A Day To Remember looked like they were all set to take over the world.
Their fourth album What Separates Me From You had sold over 300,000 copies; they were playing bigger and bigger venues, drawing huge crowds at festivals all over the world and the band were talking up their plans for their next album as the one that would take them into arenas.
But then it all came to a halt. It came to light that the band were locked in a legal battle with their record label Victory Records. The band toured on, telling journalists and fans alike that their new album was done, but that they had no idea when it would come or how.
Eventually, on October 4 of this year, the band finally won the right to self-release Common Courtesy. It came out digitally on October 8 and the physical release follows on Monday (November 25). Here’s everything you need to know about the record:
So it’s finally coming out then?
Yes it is. On Monday. Of course it’s been out on the web for a while, but only from the band’s official website. This is better.
Cool. Glad we got that sorted. The band have said that this record will be heavier, is it?
They weren’t lying. Some of the tracks, in particular ‘Violence (Enough Is Enough), ‘Dead And Buried’ and ‘Life Lessons Learned The Hard Way’ are all built around crushing beatdowns and riffs that wouldn’t sound out of place on a thrash metal record. The pace is quicker and frontman Jeremy McKinnon’s death growls are placed front and centre.
So they’ve been given the run-around by their record label, are they angrier than ever?
It certainly sounds like it. We can’t speculate on who the lyrics are aimed at, but on tracks like ‘Sometimes You’re The Hammer, Sometimes You’re The Nail’ and ‘The Document Speaks For Itself’ it’s hard to see what else could have inspired McKinnon’s furious lyrical assaults.
Who’s produced this angry opus then?
As well as McKinnon, the band drafted in New Found Glory guitarist and acclaimed producer in his own right Chad Gilbert for help on the record. Gilbert also helped out with the writing of the record and has songwriting credits on six of the album’s 13 tracks.
Gilbert’s production gives the record the same crunch and bite that he’s given records by Shai Hulud, This Time Next Years and Set Your Goals.
Does it deliver?
In emphatic, crushing style. The riffs are colossal, the choruses are catchier and the band are playing with a frenzy and ferocity that they’ve never had before. Get on it.
Common Courtesy is released on Monday (November 25). You can check out the rest of A Day To Remember’s back catalogue here.