Common Courtesy by A Day to Remember
Record Label: Independent
Genre: Pop punk/post hard-core
Release Date: October 8, 2013 (Physical copies come out November 25, 2013)
A Day to Remember are an American rock band from Ocala, Florida, founded in 2003. currently, they have released five albums-And Their Name Was Treason, For Those Who Have Heart, Homesick, What Separates Me from You, and Common Courtesy. Band members are: Jeremy McKinnon (lead vocals), Neil Westfall (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Joshua Woodard (bass guitar), Alex Shelnutt (drums), Kevin Skaff (lead guitar, backing vocals).
Everyone I’ve spoken to about Common Courtesy has said that this is a very solid album and after finally listening to it, I can see why everyone said that. They have come a far way with constant tours, it’s obvious why they never had time to come out with another album but I liked it for the most part. It definitely is a ‘softer’ album with it being full of more pop than post-hardcore but they still appeal to the same audience and that’s good.
The album starts off with a nicely done tribute to their home town, City of Ocala. Although it may be catchy and sweet giving thanks to their city, it’s still boring. The next FEW SONGS are just as punk and fun but that seems to be all that they are. Right Back at it Again has a killer beat drop that insists on head banging but that is at the very end of it. In fact, Sometimes You’re the Hammer is touching and sweet with words about being humble and having the right to make mistakes but again, these is at the end of the song that it’s hard to believe that the beginning and the end aren’t separate.
A Day to Remember is a band well-known for their mixture of a few pop songs, a few punk/post-hardcore and then rest pop punk. Sometimes You’re the Hammer, Sometimes You’re the Nail is where it gets into post-hardcore and it’s such an intense song that leaves no room for hesitation, these guys know what they’re doing. Even with the simple lyrics, the singing is strong and hypnotizing that it’s hard not to enjoy their post-hardcore songs. This epic streak is cut short by another pop punk song that leads into a quite ballad titled I’m Already Gone that can easily be the sister or cousin to the insanely famous, If it Means a Lot to You with the lone guitar and the speak of an unknown romance.
Common Courtesy is a solid album like everyone says it is. It may seem that they have grown ‘softer’ since there are more pop punk and plain pop in this album than there is post I still enjoyed it. The middle section of this is definitely their strongest point even though it is fairly short. I recommend this album mostly to pop lovers though and anyone who likes dabbling in the pop/post-hardcore things like I do. Off of this album, my favourite songs are: Sometimes You’re the Hammer, Sometimes You’re the Nail, Dead and Buried, I’m Already Gone, and I Remember.
Songs on the Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)
1. City of Ocala-3:31
2. Right Back at it Again-3:11
3. Sometimes You’re the Hammer, Sometimes You’re the Nail– (Start video at 6:34)
4. Dead and Buried-3:14
5. Best of Me-3:27
6. I’m Already Gone-4:05
7. Violence (Enough is Enough)-4:02
8. Life @ 11-3:23
9. I Surrender-3:35
10. Life Lessons Learned the Hard Way-2:15
11. End of Me-3:58
12. The Document Speaks for Itself-4:45
13. I Remember-9:06
If you’re wondering why A Day to Remember self-released their album after being with their record label for so long, don’t worry! Everything is explained here and makes sense. Hopefully ADTR wins their legal battles because not getting paid for your work majorly sucks.