Album Review: Common Courtesy by A Day to Remember

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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)

Songs: 13
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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).

opinion

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.

3.5 Treble Clefs
3.5 Treble Clefs

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.

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Collide With The Sky By Pierce The Veil + My Very First Giveaway!

Collide With The Sky By Pierce The Veil

Record Label: Fearless Records

Genre: Post-Hardcore

Release Date: July 17, 2012

Songs: 12 Collide With the Sky - Pierce the Veil

Pierce the Veil is an American post-hardcore band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2006, the group was founded by brothers Vic (vocals and guitarist) and Mike Fuentes (percussion) after the disbandment of the group Before Today (formerly Early Times).  Other members of the band include Tony Perry (lead guitar) and Jaime Preciado (bassist and backing vocals). Yes, they are all Mexicans. Currently, the band has released three albums: A Flair For The Dramatic, Selfish Machines, and Collide With The Sky.

Songs On The Album(Click the titles to listen to them!)

1. May These Noises Startle You In Your Sleep-1:22

2. Hell Above-3:44

3. A Match Into Water-3:33

4. King For A Day (Ft. Kellin Quinn)-3:57

5. Bulls In The Bronx-4:31

6. Props & Mayhem-3:39

7. Tangled In The Great Escape (Jason Butler)-5:58

8. I’m Low On Gas And You Need A Jacket-4:13

9. The First Punch-3:27

10. One Hundred Sleepless Nights-3:43

11. Stained Glass Eyes And Colourful Tears-3:39

12. Hold On Till May (Ft. Lindsey Stamey)-4:39

(My Opinion)

Collide With The Sky by Pierce The Veil is probably the best album yet. These guys don’t take any steps back, they only move forward with faster beats, different kinds of song structures and of course mind-blowing lyrics. Even the songs that I didn’t think I would like in a million years grew on me and I still find myself singing the lyrics to them. By PTV releasing this album, they’re pretty much telling people, ‘hey! I can relate to you!’. This song is full of fast beats, relatable lyrics, solos, duets, and Pierce The Veil’s special touch.

May These Noises Startle You In Your Sleep is very…Odd. If this song ever is made into a full length song, I don’t think I’m going to like it. It sounds too far away, like someone left the TV on in another room and this song is playing. It’s very odd.

This album is dedicated to their fans. I like that because people need to know (not just subconsciously) that people do understand how they feel.  Songs like Hold On Till May, Tangled In The Great Escape, and One Hundred Sleepless Nights are about broken relationships that you wish could have worked out. The First Punch and King For A Day are songs about moving on because you know you deserve to. Another thing that I like about this album is that there are solos and duets! In the beginning of The First Punch and in the middle of Bulls In The Bronx. Their Mexican background really comes out in Bulls In The Bronx which I like since they’re putting their roots right into their music. I think that King For A Day is the only song on this album that has a duet between the guitar and the bass. Just by listening to the guitarists and bassist, you can tell that the chords aren’t easy to play which keeps the songs interesting. Now, onto the duets between vocalists. Kellin Quinn and Vic Fuentes just fit. Their voices and singing styles fit so well that the transitions between the voices is smooth. Tangled In The Great Escape with Jason Butler fits. The band chose vocalists that would fit really well with the music, no tension, just comfortable.

Overall, go buy this album (or try to win it here!) I recommend this for anyone who likes rock, post-hardcore, and punk. Not only does this album have everything that makes a great album, but it also has soul. Albums are a lot like books, and every song tells it own mini story that perfectly fits as a whole. I don’t think this band is capable of taking steps back with their music. Currently, I am in love with these songs- Hell Above, One Hundred Sleepless Nights, I’m Low On Gas And You Need A Jacket, and The First Punch. 

 5 sexy Treble Clefs!

Recommendations (Click on the title for song)

Falling In Reverse-Caught Like A Fly

Blessthefall-God Wears Gucci

A Day To Remember-All I Want

Sleeping With Sirens- If You Can’t Hang

Crown The Empire- Oh, Catastrophe 

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