After 2 years of trying to get a sit down with the Fl based band A DAY TO REMEMBER I got my chance when they hit up the Palladium in Worcester, Ma on the Devil Wears Prada Tour.
The band is not virgins to the word success since their debut album FOR THOSE WHO HAVE HEART came out and established quickly a huge following in the music scene. The band combines the catchiest melodies, awesome breakdowns and leaves you with some good brutality when needed. With the bands newest disc on Victory entitled HOMESICK, the guys went up a few levels to deliver some amazing songwriting and a great sounding album. Even at this evenings show I was impressed at how they even grew on a live setting.
So sitting with Jeremy (vocals) and Alex (drums) on their “traveling house” I got to find out what song on the album changed the most, their touring schedule and how the guys are in the public eye and behind closed doors.
WORKING WITH A PRODUCER AND ENGINEER THAT ARE ALSO ARTISTS/MUSICIANS, HOW DOES THAT DIFFER FROM WORKING WITH JUST A PRODUCER/ENGINEER?
JEREMY: They know their shit! Chad from New Found Glory really understood what we wanted to do since he was in hardcore bands to pop punk bands. When we were choosing producers he just made sense.
WITH THE POPULARITY OF THE KELLY CLARKSON COVER DO YOU FEEL THAT GOT YOU MORE SUCCESS OR PUT YOU ON ANOTHER LEVEL?
JEREMY: I think it helped, I don’t think it’s the reason we got to this success level. The re-release of the record didn’t do much more when we put that out then it already had done. So it didn’t seem like anything drastically changed. We were already doing well so I just think if anything it just helped because we hadn’t really done anything new in like a year. So then we just did that as kind of a joke.
DID YOU SEE A NEW FANBASE COMING THROUGH DUE TO THE COVER SONG?
ALEX: I can’t really say.
JEREMY: I mean it didn’t seem like it if it was
YOU JUST DID THE COVER OF THE FRAY FOR PUNK GOES POP! DO YOU FIND DOING COVERS IS A WAY TO RELEASE AND JUST HAVE FUN?
JEREMY: Yea it’s a good time, we enjoy doing them. With the Kelly Clarkson song and The Fray song both of them were really great songs so we had a lot to work with. I think all the people who did the Punk Goes Pop album chose songs that were kind of hard to do. Where as The Fray song was an awesome song all the way through so it was really easy to work with
HOMESICK SEEMS VERY PERSONAL LYRICALLY, HOW HARD WAS IT THIS TIME WRITING LYRICS FOR THIS ONE?
JEREMY: Yes but only because we ran out of time. We spent so much time on the music, like writing it because we hadn’t had time to do that because we were touring so much. We were actually on tour when we wrote the music as well. So we spent so much time getting back to the music and putting the songs together how we wanted with Chad when we were on the NFG tour. So I had half the CD written and then I had to write the last half of the record while we were at home right before we went in or while we were in the studio. The only part I struggled with was I didn’t want to rush things. It got down to the wire but it all came out perfect.
WELL SOMETIMES PRESSURE IS GOOD FOR AN ARTIST!
JEREMY: Yea totally
SO THE ALBUM IS THE CATCHIEST AND HARDEST FROM YOU GUYS. DO YOU SET OUT TO ALWAYS HAVE IT HALF N HALF OR IS THIS JUST NATURUAL WRITING FOR YOU?
JEREMY: We have never tried to force anything and we were really big on that with this record. I think when you start forcing things is when you start doing things that people aren’t stoked on because your not happy with it. I think it shows on this record because we are all really proud of it so it shows from the record to our live show. We took our time wrote what we wanted and this is what came out.
DO YOU FOCUS ON CREATING A SONG BASED ON HOW IT WILL GO OVER ON A LIVE SETTING?
JEREMY: Yea live always is a thought when writing. But sometimes we do change parts slightly for the live show but for the most part we try to be conscious about that when we are writing. We always are cautious when writing to look at the parts we are writing and if we can change it up slightly if we wanted for the live show. Sometimes you write stuff that you’re like this would not be cool live but through the whole process we do keep an eye out for that.
HAVE YOU SCRAPPED STUFF DUE TO THAT?
JEREMY: Not really scrapped stuff I would say we just change it and it’s just usually really simple like instead of it being half time, something really small like that can change everything
WAS THERE ONE SONG ON THE ALBUM THAT CHANGED DRASTICALLY FROM START TO FINISH?
JEREMY: HOMESICK, that song was actually two separate songs
ALEX: No we wrote it as one song, it got split into two
JEREMY: Then we realized it was better to keep it as one song. So it changed quite a bit
WHAT’S UP WITH THE NAME OF YOUR SONGS?
JEREMY: I just like to have some inside jokes. They are just things that might mean something to us or friends of ours. So they will see it and be like oh yea!! The song title YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT YOU ARE is one of our friends’ biggest sayings ever. He says that about everything. So just little things like that
DID YOU LEAVE ANYTHING OFF THE ALBUM THIS TIME AROUND?
DOES THAT HAPPEN TO YOU GUYS A LOT WHEN WRITING?
JEREMY: No this is the first time it has ever happen. We had an entire song musically written and when it came down to writing vocal parts and stuff I just couldn’t get that song done. I wasn’t happy with what I had for it. I wasn’t even close to being done and I was not stoked on what I had done and to be honest with you I think it was the best music for the whole record. As like a song it was a completely finished song and just needed vocals and it is the catchiest music we wrote for our last record. We will use, it was named Money Maker, cause we didn’t even have a title for it and we called it Money Maker cause it was the shit!!! The music was just so catchy on its own so I just couldn’t do something half ass on top of the song so we said we will just set this aside for next time around.
WILL YOU BE DOING SOME HEADLINING RUNS THIS YEAR?
JEREMY: We will be doing some at the end of the year. We are doing Warped Tour this summer and some festivals in the UK. Then we do direct support for the Bring me to the Horizon tour in the UK, then possible headline in Germany we don’t know what is going on there but we know we want to do a real headline tour in the states the end of the year
ON YOUR MYSPACE YOU TEND TO KEEP YOUR FANS VERY UPDATED WITH THE GOING ONS OF ADTR. IS THIS SOMETHING YOU DIDN’T WANT TO LOSE WITH THE MORE SUCCES YOU GAINED?
ALEX: Well those videos aren’t really informative they were pretty much for entertainment purposes
JEREMY: That’s what we do, we try to keep people excited about what we are doing and having a good time. We try to keep some serious parts but most part we just goof around
SO YOU’RE LIKE THE PRANKSTERS?
JEREMY: To be honest with you those videos make us look way crazier then we are!
ALEX: A lot of people think those videos are like real!!
JEREMY: A lot of people think your engineer is the biggest jerk ever
ALEX: And our guitarist is the biggest alcoholic ever! Plus because of those videos I am the worst drummer ever
SO BASICALLY IT IS ALL FALSE, YOU GUYS ARE JUST BORING!!
ALEX: Yup we are just boring everyday dudes. We sit here play video games
JEREMY: We probably are the most boring band ever!!
ALEX: Let’s just say someone hanging out with us it would not be anything to go out of your way to talk about (laughing)
JEREMY: I don’t know about that it depends on who it is, if it’s a fan or someone just meeting us it’s different then if you actually knew us and on TOUR with us like in a real life setting not like “hang out” we are pretty boring is what he is saying
SO YOU PUT ON A SHOW TO NEW PEOPLE TO SHOW YOU ARE NOT BORING!
JEREMY: Not really we have fun but we have so much fun in public that we just like to chiiiiilllllll when we are not in public, yea know what I’m saying?
YEA I GOTCHA!! SO WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG OFF THE ALBUM?
ALEX: ANOTHER SONG ABOUT THE WEEKEND
JEREMY: I really like I’M MADE OF WAX, LARRY, WHAT ARE YOU MADE OF?