Six albums, dozens of sold out world tours, a self curated music festival, 400 million spotify streams, 500 million YouTube views, a million units sold, two gold albums and singles, one nasty lawsuit, and 15 years.
That briefly describes pop-mosh royalty A Day To Remember’s (ADTR) career so far, but does no justice to what they’ve contributed to the music scene, or for what they’ve done for their millions of fans.
ADTR formed in Ocala, Florida in 2003 with Jeremy McKinnon on vocals, Josh Woodard on bass, Neil Westfall on guitar, Tom Denney on lead guitar, and Bobby Scruggs on drums. In the first couple years after they formed, they released two EP’s and played over 200 shows. But it wasn’t until 2005 that they released their first album under Indianola Records, “And Their Name Was Treason,” and started attracting attention in the rock music scene on a national scale.
Since their formation, the band has always seamlessly blended two very different genres–metalcore and pop-punk–which is what got them their title as “pop-mosh” kings and what makes them so versatile.
Soon enough they were signed to Victory Records in 2006, after messaging with an employee on AIM for several months, who was once home to other pop-punk legends like Bayside, Comeback Kid, Hawthorne Heights, Silverstein, and Taking Back Sunday.
For their first album under Victory, Alex Shelnutt replaced Scruggs on drums and the band released the iconic album “For Those Who Have Heart” in Jan. 2007. The album is a fan favorite and one of their heaviest with tracks like “The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle” and their cover of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone.”
With this album came recognition, fans, and also the non-stop touring as they supported big names like Silverstein, Parkway Drive, New Found Glory, Suicide Silence, and The Devil Wears Prada, as well as playing huge music festivals like Warped Tour, Bamboozle, and Download Festival.
Then came their next album, the one that really put them on the pop-punk map, “Homesick,” which was released in 2009 and peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200. A year later, it had sold over 200,000 copies. That same year Kevin Skaff replaced guitarist Tom Denney after he left the band to focus on his married life, but he still remains a part of the writing and creative processes.
This album contains the band’s most well-known songs like “If It Means A Lot To You,” “Have Faith In Me,” and “The Downfall of us All.” It also contains the track the band has pegged as the heaviest song they’ve ever written, “Mr. Highway’s Thinking About the End.”
After ADTR released their next album “What Separates Me From You” in 2011 and also performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Warped Tour that summer, things became difficult for the band.
Fast forward to Oct. 4, 2013 though, and ADTR was about to play to a rowdy sold out crowd at Freedom Hill Amphitheater in Sterling Heights, Mich. when they received big news.
“Today is a landmark day in A Day To Remember history…” McKinnon told the Michigan crowd.
ADTR had been in a lawsuit with Victory Records for over two years. In May of 2011 the band pressed charges claiming they were owed $75,000 in royalties, while the label claimed the band wanted to move to a larger label before fulfilling their five-album agreement.
Although they had their 5th studio album, “Common Courtesy” recorded and ready to release, the ongoing lawsuit prevented the band from actually releasing it despite disparity from fans. That is, until Oct. 4.
“So we were told that we had to wait on a judge to make a decision if we could put out our next record on Oct. 8 or not,” McKinnon said, “and no kidding you, about 3 hours ago, we were told by that same judge that we are legally allowed to release our record on Oct. 8.”
So “Common Courtesy” was self-released through the band’s record label, ADTR Records in late 2013 and fans rejoiced along with the band.
ADTR has yet to release anything since their 6th studio album “Bad Vibrations” in 2016 though, but that’s because the members have been a bit busy.
In 2016 McKinnon married his girlfriend of five years and a year later, he became a father. In 2018 members Woodard and Westfall got married as well.
They did celebrate their 15 year anniversary in 2018 though with a North American tour supported by Papa Roach, Falling in Reverse, and The Devil Wears Prada.
In the meantime, the band also started their own music festival titled “Self Help Festival” which has been running since 2014 and stopped in Michigan last September. ADTR is a band that knows how to put on a good show and get people their money’s worth, so it’s only fitting that they create their own festival. They even won Best Live Band at the 2014 AP Music Awards.
Dead Press believes new music should be coming soon from the band since they are already confirmed to play several festivals later this year like Leeds and Reading in the UK.
It’s been almost three whole years since fans last got new music, and they are dying to see what ADTR come out with next because every album is so different from the last, but it’s always still A Day To Remember.
A Day to Remember has just released dates for the “Raisin’ Hell in the Heartland” tour this summer with Knocked Loose and Boston Manor! Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. on ADTR.com! More tour dates will be announced later.