A Day To Remember
A Day to Remember (abbreviated as ADTR) is an American post-hardcore band formed in Ocala in 2003 and founded by guitarist Tom Danny and drummer Bobby Scruggs. Known for its unusual sound, which is a mixture of post-hardcore and pop punk. The band currently consists of vocalist Jeremy McKinnon, rhythm guitarist Neil Westfall, bassist Joshua Woodherd, drummer Alex Schellnatt, and guitarist Kevin Scuff.
The Early Years (2003-2006)
Having outperformed Ocala in many bands, lead singer Jeremy McKinnon, guitarists Neil Westfall and Tom Denney, bassist Joshua Woodard and drummer Bobby Scruggs joined in 2003 year. Soon, the group went on a DIY tour, having played more than 200 concerts and earned decent money. They signed with Indianola Records, with which they recorded their first album, called And Their Name Was Treason in May 2005. About 8 thousand copies of albums were sold, but the participants felt the imminent arrival of much larger things.
Victory Records, label litigation and further events (2007 – present)
Shortly after signing a contract with Victory, the band with their new drummer Alex Shellnutt goes to Zing Studios to record their second album, titled For Those Who Have Heart, which was released in January 2007 on Victory Records and finished 17th on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart and # 43 on the Top Independent Albums Chart. On September 24, 2007, they posted a cover of Kelly Clarkson’s hit “Since U Been Gone” on their MySpace page, and later released it on the pre-release For Those Who Have Heart, February 2008.
A Day to Remember toured the UK for the first time in January 2008, and were nominated for the 2008 Kerrang Awards! as the best foreign band, but lost to Black Tide. After that, the group had a long tour together with Silverstein, The Devil Wears Prada , and Protest the Hero (who soon left the tour, and A Static Lullaby came to replace them). After that, ADTR played at The Bamboozle Festival in April-May 2008, as well as at the Download Festival in June and the 2008 Vans Warped Tour also in June. Before performing at the Download Festival, they embarked on a UK tour with The Devil Wears Prada and Alesanaat The Road to Download Tour. In mid-2008, the group also played on all dates of the Easycore Tour in the United States along with New Found Glory, Four Year Strong, Crime in Stereo and International Superheroes of Hardcore.
The newly recorded and mixed version of And Their Name Was Treason, called Old Record, was released on October 28, 2008 via Victory Records. In December of that year, A Day to Remember toured Australia along with Parkway Drive, Suicide Silence, The Acacia Strain and Confession. The same month, A Day to Remember completed the recording of their third studio album, titled Homesick. It was published on February 2, 2009 in Europe and 3 in the USA. The album took 21 places in Billboard’s Top 200 Listings and 1 place in Top Independent Albums. After two successful UK tours, A Day to Remember travels to Europe in February, with support from For The Fallen Dreams and Kenai.
A Day to Remember played the USA tour from March to May 2009 with The Devil Wears Prada, Sky Eats Airplane and Emarosa. Shortly before the start of the tour, Tom Danny broke his wrist, and Kevin Skaff, then still playing Four Letter Lie, played instead. They also agreed to play on the Warped Tour 2009, Download Festival 2009, as well as visit Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand in August – September, the show in Russia is also expected to also take place in the UK with the support of Bring Me The Horizon . The group recorded a song for Punk Goes Pop 2 , released on Fearless Records, a cover version of The Fray’s “Over My Head (Cable Car)”.
On June 2, 2009, ADTR announced the departure of Tom Danny from the group. It was noticed that Danny leaves the group due to the fact that he wants to focus on the upcoming wedding, family and his own studio. Nevertheless, he will be present on the recording of new albums. He was replaced by Kevin Skaff, who had previously played Four Letter Lie.
“The Downfall of Us All” was published on the Warped Tour songbook for Rock Band and Rock Band 2.
On September 20, 2010, ADTR announced that their new album would be titled “What Separates Me from You”. Album release date: November 16, 2010.
In 2011, the group filed a lawsuit against Victory Records, accusing them of violating the terms of the contract. According to the group, they fulfilled their obligations to the label by releasing five studio albums required by the contract (including live albums), but the label, in turn, stated that ADTR recorded only three albums, after which they left Victory. Also, as the participants say, the label did not pay the necessary amounts to the group for the sale of albums and merchandise. The trial lasted two weeks. The final debate took a day and a half. The group ultimately managed to win the label trial in 2016. The jury ruled in favor of ADTR, deciding that the two live albums released on iTunes could be included in the bill of five promised under the contract. In addition, the court ordered the label to pay the group four million dollars of unpaid fees. The copyright for the songs was held by ADTR, and the rights to sound recordings remained with Victory Records.
On December 3, 2012, ADTR announced that on December 21, 2012 there would be something related to the Common Courtesy album. The first single from the album, Violence, was released that day. Earlier this year, the band was on tour with Rise Against, and Jeremy McKinnon announced to fans that the album would be released this year.
The official release date for the new Common Courtesy album is October 8, 2013. Due to a conflict with Victory Records, the album was released on ADTR Records’ own label. In this album, the group tipped into a more pop-punk sound than previous A Day to Remember works.
On September 2, 2016, the band released another studio album called Bad Vibrations, which the group also recorded on their label.