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A Day To Remember Talks ‘Really Special’ Next Album, ‘Common Courtesy’

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Courtesy Victory Records

Courtesy Victory Records

During a concert last May, Florida hard rockers A Day To Remember announced that their fifth studio record would be called Common Courtesy. After fans spent the better part of the year speculating about the forthcoming material, ADTR surprised fans in December with a decidedly hard-edged track titled “Violence (Enough is Enough).” The album’s recording was only partially completed at the time ADTR dropped “Violence,” and the band was “stunned” by fans’ reaction to it.

“You never really know ‘til they hear that new material, McKinnon told Radio.com in an exclusive interview. “When we put out that song, it was one of the best responses we’ve ever had coming out of the gate. I can’t tell you how excited that made all of us.”

McKinnon continued, talking release dates: “We’re not really sure the release date yet, we’re working that out. We’re in the last few weeks of tracking. After this we’re going to head into mixing and mastering and then we’re done. Then we’re going to put it out as soon as we possibly can.”

 

Despite the band having filed a lawsuit against Victory Records in late 2011, McKinnon blamed the album’s delay on simply having too much material.

“We had so many songs this time around that it was a pretty demanding process, he said. “To be honest, we ended up working out more than a double album’s worth of material and we’re just trying to trim it down to make it the best it can be, to where it’s an actual concise record.”

Why didn’t the band simply prepare a double album? McKinnon explained that even with standard 12-track albums, there are often good songs that get lost. “If you’re putting out 15-plus tracks on a record, that could be dangerous. It’s hard for even your biggest fans to stay with you that long.”

The band self-funded the recording process, so the pressures or limitations that accompany a big record deal didn’t affect them. ADTR has also freed themselves of high studio costs by constructing their own facility in McKinnon’s home.

“We make all the decisions,” McKinnon said. “We’ve never had anybody in our career that got too involved with what we put on a record, how many songs or anything like that.”

Adding more excitement to the album is the presence of original guitarist Tom Denney, who participated in the entire tracking process. “He was just like another member of our band like he used to be,” McKinnon said. “This is gonna be a really special album because of it.”

A Day To Remember heads out on tour this March with Mice & Men, Chunk! No. Captain Chunk! and Issues.

3/20/13 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
3/22/13 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
3/23/13 – Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
3/24/13 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
3/26/13 – New York City, NY – Best Buy Theater
3/27/13 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
3/28/13 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
3/30/13 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
3/31/13 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Orbit Room
4/2/13 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
4/3/13 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
4/5/13 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
4/6/13 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre
4/7/13 – Minneapolis, MN – Myth
4/9/13 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
4/10/13 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Saltair
4/12/13 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
4/13/13 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
4/15/13 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
4/16/13 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
4/17/13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
4/19/13 – Fresno, CA – Rainbow Ballroom
4/20/13 – San Diego, CA – Soma
4/21/13 – Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater
4/22/13 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
4/24/13 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
4/25/13 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
4/26/13 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
4/30/13 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
5/2/13 – Tampa, FL – Jannus Live
5/3/13 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
5/4/13 – Miami, FL – Fillmore

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