A Day To Remember - What Separates Me From You
posted on Sunday, 12 December 2010 @ 07:52 | permalink
A Day to Remember have come a long way since covering Kelly Clarkson's Since U Been Gone, and the Ocala quintet are back with their fourth studio album and follow-up to 2009's Homesick. Opening with the gut-punch first riffs of Sticks and Bricks, you'd be forgiven for thinking A Day to Remember have leant more towards the heavier, more brutal side of their sound, but the album offers their traditional mixing of styles that have been demonstrated throughout their musical career, right from their first studio album, 2005's For Those Who Have Heart.
Combining angsty yet often hopeful lyrics with upbeat, rousing guitar riffs, vocalist Jeremy McKinnon effortlessly hops from guttural growling and melodic screaming breakdown to catchy chorus. All Signs Point to Lauderdale is catchier than flu as it bounces along, with tongue in cheek lyrics 'I hate this town, its so washed up, and all my friends don't give a fuck', a chorus just made to spend hours bothering your brain in the best possible way.
As with previous albums, there's a softer side too. Tracks such as single All I Want and the stunning This Is The House That Doubt Built feature completely clean vocals, where the emotional tone in McKinnon's voice really shines. Their trademark gang vocals pop up - It's Complicated and album closer If I Leave will undoubtably create an electric atmopshere live, where the fans are often as loud as the band themselves. A Day to Remember may well have been pegged by critics as a 'scene band' - part of the passing trend of screamo hipsters, but their latest offering proves they showcase a sound different to many of their middle-of-the road peers. A perfect amalgomation of pop-punk excitement and elements of metalcore brutality, if you enjoy this album, make sure you catch the band on their UK tour in January for what will be an absolutely phenomenal show.