A Day To Remember – Common Courtesy
Despite the unbelievable chain of events in the lead up, Common Courtesy – one of the year’s most anticipated releases sans label and physical copies – is A Day To Remember at their multi-faceted, fan-pleasing, arena-wrecking best.
The huge legal battle surrounding A Day To Remember’s soured dealings with Victory is the background upon which Common Courtesy plays out; the fun Florida fivesome you know and love are more defiant and spit more venom than ever before. Kicking off with the positive affirmations of “City Of Ocala” and “Right Back At It Again”, vocalist Jeremy McKinnon reminds you of the band’s humble roots and their unshakable determination to crush all obstacles set to catchy, chunky pop-punk riffage, and on the latter, the mother of all pit calls before the first earth-shattering breakdown impacts.
It doesn’t take long for the vitriol to seep through with “Sometimes You’re The Hammer…” and “Dead & Buried” hitting like a ton of bricks, McKinnon again railing against an unnamed, yet obvious, target. Hell, the line “You’ll live your life as a fucking target!” even precedes a whistling bomb-introduced breakdown on “Life Lessons Learned The Hard Way” – A Day To Remember are pulling no punches.
The reunited production team of Andrew Wade, New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert and former guitarist Tom Denney are clearly comfortable in their established roles and the combined effect is a relaxed, confident record. The shifts between aggressive metalcore, melodic rock, power pop and some more mellow offerings feel natural (bona fide pop country ballad “I’m Already Gone” rolls into the desperate rage of “Violence” with nary a bump), while the snippets of studio chatter add to the community vibe.
In short, despite the unbelievable chain of events in the lead up, Common Courtesy – one of the year’s most anticipated releases sans label and physical copies – is A Day To Remember at their multi-faceted, fan-pleasing, arena-wrecking best.
The Essential Track: The “bitch” line and debate that closes “Right Back At It Again” is A+ ADTR.