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A Day To Remember is an American rock band from Ocala, Florida, and was founded in 2003 by guitarist Tom Denney and drummer Bobby Scruggs.  The band is best known for their strange combination of metalcore and pop punk as their musical style.  The band consists of vocalist Jeremy McKinnon, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Neil Westfall, bassist Joshua Woodward, percussion and drummer Alex Schelnutt and lead guitarist Kevin Skaff.

In 2011, the band was involved in a lawsuit with Victory, their record company, over their recording contract, which was settled in October 2013.  The band released their fifth album, “Common Courtesy,” independently via download through their website.

On December 30, 2011, in an interview with an exclusive Kerrang! podcast, McKinnon had said that the band’s previous lead guitarist, Denny,  would set to provide vocals on their upcoming new record.  “As for if he would be screaming, chumming tunes, whistling, or rapping on the track, we have not decided yet.  It’s totally a game changer for Tom to be in this set.

On December 21, 2012, the band put up a countdown on their website but didn’t explain what it was counting down to.  When it hit zero, a new single from “Common Courtesy” was released, “Violence (Enough Is Enough).”

When asked during an interview in March 2012 of whether “Common Courtesy” would be released through Victory, McKinnon replied that the band was “not sure” and that the lawsuit was still being settled.

On August 23, the album was announced for release on October 8, 2013, which a few days prior to release, the band won the right to self-release the album since the band was contractually obligated to owing Victory at least two more albums.  McKinnon said about Victory that “the only thing they held above us was the right to put out this album and we won the right to put it out ourselves.  Now it can go to a jury and good luck having a jury of random people agree that two albums that are sold separately, not count as an album.  Good luck with that.”

“Common Courtesy” sounds great and has a great mix between the bands signature metalcore screams, heavy guitar and their lighter punk rock.  Releasing this album independently did nothing to change the bands sound and the inclusion of their former guitarist, Denny, who sings throughout the album isn’t a bad touch either.  He helps to add more layers to the bands songs and sometimes harmonizes with McKinnon during his pop punk moments and his metalcore moments.  The album is worth a listen.

Unfortunately, since the album has just released, there are no sharable songs except for “Violence (Enough Is Enough).”  I’ll share that one and some of the bands other big hits below.

Go to this link to purchase their new album:http://commoncourtesy.adtrstore.com/

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