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Jeremy McKinnon On A Day To Remember’s New Album “You’re Welcome”: “We Branch Out In Directions We Never Have Before”


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A Day To Remember frontman Jeremy McKinnon has spoken to NME about the band’s forthcoming new album. That record was originally planned for a November 2019 release, but was eventually delayed so the band could do some more work on it.

According to the new interview, that process continues with the band still wrapping up the finishing touches, including the mastering process. When asked about the decision to collaborate with Marshmello on the track “Rescue” me, which saw a release this past June, McKinnon commented:

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“‘Rescue Me‘ was a way to get a heat-check from our fans. Will they accept this blend of ADTR and EDM? It’s been an overwhelming ‘yes’ so far. It was this cool way of getting them ready for what we’re going to try out on ‘You’re Welcome‘. We take that sound and go super heavy, but we also go even poppier than ‘Rescue Me‘. We run the whole gambit of what an ADTR record is. It’s just got this new, modern influence so it’s not the same record again.”

He continued:

“It’s the first time in a long time that it has felt fresh. There are songs on this album that are mixes of things that I don’t know exist yet. It feels like ADTR, it feels like today and it also feels like a heavy band, all wrapped up in one. We branch out in directions we never have before, and it’s executed better than things we’ve done before. I just think they’re better songs.”

On the mood of the record and whether or not it’s a more positive affair:

“We demoed like, 30 or 40 songs for this record and a vast majority were just different. I did say it was a happier record than usual but I was counting on a lot of the songs that didn’t get picked. It still isn’t this super dark, brooding record about some guy who is scared of whether his life choices work out, because my life choices did work out. I’m a father now, I’m happily married and I got a lot in my life I’m thankful for. A lot of those songs naturally showed that, but there’s still plenty on there that will feel familiar, so it’s about half and half.”

As for when it will arrive:

“It’s still up in the air, everyone obviously wants it to come out as soon as possible but we’re going with the flow here. We’ve almost got all the masters in, I’m expecting them any time now. We’re still trying to get our artwork done. I know that’s been annoying fans but we have such a thing going. Every ADTR record has had these cool silhouettes that are unique to them and then, just because we were lazy and didn’t like people yelling at us, we just didn’t do it for ‘You’re Welcome’ yet. How lame is that?”

“It’s important for us to continue that legacy. It’s important that it’s up to standard. I do understand the frustration – it’s frustrating for all of us that the main thing holding up the release is artwork that for most people will be the size of a dime on your phone. But if we don’t put that time and care into it, is it really an A Day To Remember record? We’re going to do everything we can to get as much stuff out there for people. We didn’t make people wait for no fucking reason, so it better be right.”

You can find more from McKinnon over at NME. The most recent single to emerge from “You’re Welcome” is titled “Mindreader” and you can find it here. As it currently stands, the band’s planned summer tour with Slipknot, Underoath and Code Orange that is scheduled to commence on May 30th has yet to be postponed or cancelled. However, the likelihood of it going on as originally planned appears slim to none.

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