A Day To Remember (18 juin 2005)
Hey my name is Josh, I play bass in A Day To Remember
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A Day To Remember is a fairly young band. Can you tell us about what
you want to start this band and how the whole thing came together?
All of us had been in bands before, and wanted to move to something more
serious. A few of the members from ADTR were in a band called 2 Days 2
Late, and decided to call it quits for something new. They picked up
Jeremy (our singer), and after letting go of a guitarist and a bassist
they picked up Neil and me. We just have been writing together since,
everyone just meshes really well.
Did you go through many lineup changes yet?
A Day To Remember had a different bassist and guitarist when the whole
thing started. Neil had been a good friend with everyone in the band and
started playing guitar with them, and I had been going to their shows
for a while and they just knew who I was, so when they lost their
bassist I just started coming to practices playing with them. The end
result is what we are today.
Are any of you involved with music in any other way outside of ADTR?
Everyone plays on their own time and all, but as for like side projects,
no we aren’t involved with any other groups. We all have filled in for
bands that needed help at a certain time, but we try to keep all of our
focus on A Day To Remember.
When did you collectively realize that this band was getting serious?
I remember a particular show when every kid in the room was singing our
stuff and the whole floor was a big pit. We were so shocked because it
was like out of nowhere. The kids had never participated that much
before, and ever since then we knew what we were capable of doing. From
then it’s just been something we knew could potentially get big.
To this date, what do you feel most proud of?
I would probably say we are most proud of just writing a really quality
record in our opinions and getting enough attention to be picked up by a
label to release it. It’s been mind-blowing how it all has happened, and
how it did so fast. We’re just really proud with the overall progress
we’ve made as a band and as individuals trying to do something they
What's the Ocala music scene like these days? What was it like for ADTR
when you first started?
There isn’t a whole lot going on in the Ocala music scene right now,
there are a few bands who have really made the decision to get serious
with their music which is really rad. When we first started Underoath
had been big for a while already and Seventh Star was beginning to blow
up so the kids were all really into hardcore at the time. The scene was
a lot different back then and definitely influenced what would become A
Day To Remember.
Are there any bands from your area that we should know about?
There are a few good bands you should definitely check out. There is a
good pop-punk band called Midnight Aria who just got picked up by a
label and should be doing some really big things in the near future. A
really good straight-edge band featuring the original lead singer of
Seventh Star called This Is My Rifle is getting their stuff together and
should be hitting the road soon. You all probably already know plenty
about Seventh Star, but they just released a really good new album that
you should check out. That’s about all that’s happening in Ocala these
ADTR's sound is a mix of different sounds - how would you describe your
Well our music usually comes out mixing really catchy parts with heavy
breakdowns, so the title of pop-mosh has kinda stuck with us. It’s
kinda lame but it fits and people have been calling us that for a while
now, so whatever. We just write what we like and don’t try to fit into
any certain sound. Our music is definitely not conventional, but we just
try to write what we are influenced by, and that’s been hardcore and
really catchy pop stuff.
What (current) bands out there do you most associate with, and what did
you grow up listening to?
I guess a bigger band that is doing kind of the same thing as us right
now would be someone like Evergreen Terrace. I know they are a lot
harder than us, but they are mixing hard stuff with sing parts. We have
been really influenced by that band and some of us talk to the guys when
they’re around, so I could say we probably associate with them the most.
And as for what bands we grew up listening to, we all have always been
into Blink and A New Found Glory. Everyone thinks we are kidding when we
tell them that just because we have hard parts, but seriously those
bands are amazing and will always be two of our favorites. We all grew
up with older Underoath in our cd players, not only because they were
from the same town doing what we could only dream of doing, but the
music was rad and just definitely influenced the harder aspects of all
of our musical tastes.
How did you hook up with Indianola Records? Are you happy with them so
We had friends on the label that I’m sure helped push our name, and we
had just tried to keep some form of contact with the owners Matt and
John for quite some time. They just really out of nowhere contacted me
and where like We’re interested in picking you guys up, and the rest
is history. We couldn’t ask for more from Indianola. The guys are
amazing to us, and are working so hard for us. They have done an amazing
job so far with the distribution of the record, and helping set up our
tours until we hop on some sort of agency. We are all really happy with
our label and can’t wait to see what lies ahead for the both of us.
Your first CD, And Their Name Was Treason, came out earlier this year.
It's really an awesome record. Can you tell us about what the recording
process was like and what the finished product means to you?
The recording process only lasted around 3 or 4 weeks, but it seemed
like a really long 3 or 4 weeks. It was tedious, but we wanted to be
meticulous, and make it as close to perfect as we could with the time we
were allotted. It was a great experience, and we all are very pleased
with the record. Of course we are going to be critical of our own music,
but we all feel that in the end we made a record that could be
What's behind the title or the record?
There are obviously lyrics that portray unfaithfulness within
relationships, and the album title kinda just goes along with that. It’s
about how people can be treasonous in various aspects of life.
What kind of differences are there between your full length and your
previous EP? Do you have any other recordings out there?
Our EP had 4 or 5 songs that are on the full-length, but the full-length
versions are obviously re-mixed and re-mastered to flow with the songs
we added to the album. There are a few additions we added to the older
songs, but nothing too significant. Yeah you might be unfortunate enough
to run into an old demo of ours from way back in the day, but I pray for
your ear’s sakes you never do. Haha. We’ve definitely grown as musicians
and as a band overall.
What themes/messages can we find in your songs?
Our songs are obviously emotionally charged, so our lyrics are something
everyone can relate to. You all have been hurt in a relationship or had
someone stab you in the back. We just wrote music expressing how we feel
about those certain situations of life.
What have you been up to since the record came out?
We have been playing a few local shows, and just been getting really
tight with our set for tour. When we aren’t playing music together some
of us skate and we just try to keep ourselves busy before we head out on
Your website is still not up - what's up with that?
Haha. Yeah the delay on our site is getting pretty ridiculous. The person
who is doing it got really bogged down with prior projects and is just
now starting to work interruption-free on ours. So you should be on the
lookout for the site getting up in the near future. By the way the site
is www.ADTRonline.com .
You've had the opportunity to share the stage with bands like Underoath,
Calico System, Glasseater and many more. Do you have any memorable
shows/moments to tell us about?
Nothing too special, anytime you’re on a show with a band of their
statures, it’s going to be a memorable how. When you play shows with
bands like that your guaranteed to have a good time and learn something
from the way they handle themselves while getting to see a sick show.
They are all memorable.
You're going to be playing the Warped Tour in Tampa later this summer.
How did that come about? Are you playing any other dates?
We won the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands competition, and got thrown
onto the date. We aren’t on any other dates of the tour, but hey if
someone wants to help out and get us on a few more we wouldn’t complain.
Haha. We’re really excited about the date we are playing and if anymore
pop up we’ll be stoked about those.
You're going to be on the road throughout June and July with Caldwell
and Orion. What are you going to be up to next?
After the tour with Orion and Caldwell we are heading back up to
Detroit Michigan to play Death Fest 05, and then heading home for a
short period of time. We then are heading down to Tampa to play Warped
Tour 05 and heading out on another month or so tour in August is being
worked on right now. We plan on keeping busy and getting the record into
as many kids hands as possible.
If you had to put out a benefit show, where would you hold the event,
what bands would play and what cause would you support?
We would hold the event at a place with really nice sound like the
House of Blues or something. We would play with Blink and A New Found
Glory because they are honestly two of our favorite bands, and we would
be playing in support of cancer patients because it’s a serious problem
and needs to be given as much attention as possible.
What quote first comes to your mind?
Suck It !! Degeneration X. God I loved those guys. X-Pac was the
When I think of Canada, I think of.
Maple leaves and lots of snow.
Are you guys planning on touring across the border any time soon?
There are no set plans to do anything out of the states yet, but we
would love to. It would be an awesome experience and I know we would be
up for it, the opportunity just hasn’t arose yet. Some day soon.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to answer these questions. Any last
We just want everyone to know how much their support means to us. We
are gonna be on the road for most of the year, so just keeping checking
www.indianolarecords.com for more details on when we are gonna be
around. Thanks again