A Day to Remember Detail Delay on New Music + Label Struggles
A Day to Remember are taking matters into their own hands because they have no other choice. They’ve announced the Oct. 8 release of ‘Common Courtesy,’ which confused many, since the band is embroiled in a serious legal mess with its label Victory Records. Frontman Jeremy McKinnon spoke about how difficult it has been for the band to deal with stasis when it comes to records. But they have not been idle at all.
When asked how the new album will release, the singer was frank as he could be. “I’ll be honest with you, I don’t really know,” he told Alternative Press. “I see all over the Internet and music sites, people are saying, ‘Oh, this is going to ruin their career, there’s no pre-order up, they’re stupid, they’ll never be the big band they could have been,’ etc. How about this: I’m not going to allow someone to sit on my career and ruin what may be our best album for people. Fans want our music.”
The album is done and is in the pressing stage. It was also self-funded. So for anyone to doubt the band’s dedication to its craft would be ridiculous, since they reached into their own pockets to make this record.
“It’s finally done,” he said. “They’re going to start pressing it pretty soon. We’re doing it ourselves, that’s all I can say. We have a system set up where we will distribute the record when we’re allowed to, but someone is trying to stop us from doing that. We announced that we were going to put out the album, and immediately, someone tried to take that from us. We knew that we had to, though. If we don’t put it out, it could end our career.”
Despite the label battles, ADTR aren’t backing down or trying to cater to any sort of industry standards, like sales stats or chart debuts. They also aren’t going to let someone else dictate their future.
McKinnon said, “For us in A Day To Remember right now, it isn’t about what everyone else is thinking in the public. It isn’t about our first-week sales. It’s about how many we sell in the long run, how much people care and how much people like this album. That’s what it’s about.”
“We don’t give a s–t about being the biggest band in the scene with the big first week,” the singer added. “We’ve sold a good amount of records and had good first weeks before. We have a loyal fanbase that supports us and, in our opinion, all that matters is getting the people who care about our music the new record. We’re going to do that in any way we can.”
McKinnon concluded, “We don’t care if we have to put out an album the day of Oct. 8 and it’s only available digitally. Whatever we have to do to get these people this music, we will do. We want to put our music out, and we want to go out on the road and tour on it.”
He explained how difficult getting to this point was, saying, “Think about what that would do to you, if you were out of a job for a year and bleeding money because you were spending tons of money on building a studio. You’re also putting all these people to work to make this record with you — and it lasted for eight months. That’s not cheap. We paid for all of this out of our pocket. Then there is this guy sitting somewhere who is just trying to ruin our career.”
Despite that pressure, both artistic and financial, A Day to Remember have not lost sight of what’s most important. McKinnon said, “All we care is about getting our fans this record in any way, shape or form. Hopefully, they’ll like what they hear.”