A Day To Remember Talk "What Separates Me From You," "Call of Duty: Black Ops" and "Diablo 3"
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 07:32:04
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There's a lot that separates A Day To Remember from their peers.
The band's got a tight grasp on melody, but they can also punishingly pummel with the heaviest of them. The Florida quintet seamlessly seesaws from poetic pop into battering metal, marrying guttural hardcore riffing and unforgettable crooning. There's a dark beauty to each song on A Day To Remember's fourth and latest offering, What Separates Me From You. Whether it's the acoustic crescendo on "This Is The House That Doubt Built" or the incisive and infectious honesty of "All Signs Point to Lauderdale," A Day To Remember perfect the art of delivering heavy music to the masses. What Separates Me From You is as catchy as it is crushing, and that's why it's one of the year's best.
A Day To Remember singer Jeremy McKinnon sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about What Separates Me From You, the story behind "All Signs Point to Lauderdale," what video games he's currently playing and so much more.
Are you a big video gamer? What's your favorite game at the moment?
I am! I just bought Call of Duty: Black Ops, and I'm starting to play it [Laughs]. Obviously, I'm into that right now. I got Fallout: New Vegas too. I'm playing those games right now. Black Ops starts out so awesome. The game sucks you right in. You literally kill Fidel Castro within 15 minutes of the game. It's pretty intense [Laughs].
You're a Special Forces operative in the game, right?
I guess! I don't know. I literally started playing it an hour ago; I'm not super into it yet. It hasn't gone too deep into what's going on up to this point.
How is New Vegas? It looks like it'll really overcome any gamer's life…
I haven't really devoted any amount of time to that either because that just came out and we were doing all of the record stuff. I haven't had time to actually sit down. I think I'm going to finish up Black Ops and really put my time into New Vegas and give it a shot. Like you said, it's one of those games that really takes up a lot of time.
Did you play the original Fallout PC games?
I did. They were awesome! I love it when companies can keep everything up like that. I'm also really excited about the new Diablo. God, I can't wait. I don't think I've ever been more excited about a video game in my life. I think I've played Diablo 2 more times than any game in my history—ever.
Maybe you guys will get a song in Diablo 3…
That'd be rad!
What's the story behind "All Signs Point to Lauderdale?"
It's about being young and stuck in a town that you feel like you don't belong in. Sometimes, you feel like you want to get away from everything and everybody and do your own thing. That's what that song's about. We did the record back home and were gone all the time. All of the people we used to be friends with and know have moved away. It's kind of dead to us now. We love it, and it's our hometown. It made us who we are. At the same time, I'm 24-years-old, and I don't know anyone that lives in the town other than my parents and family members. I don't really know anybody there, so it's kind of empty. It makes you feel lonelier being there than it does to be on the road. I don't know. I felt like we were ready to go again. We were ready to get out on the road and play some new songs. It's about wanting to get away from a town you actually don't like [Laughs].
The best way to get away is following these dreams—like making music. As long as it's honest, it'll resonate.
Exactly! You know what, man? Even if it doesn't, I'll tell you this. I've never worked harder on something in my life, and I've never been prouder of something that I've done than What Separates Me From You. This record is my favorite thing I've ever been a part of, and if this were to be our last record because people didn't get it, then so be it. At least I did something I was proud of.
Were there any themes that were important to you over the course of this album?
I'm always a big fan of records meaning something and being tied together by an album title. Homesick was about being away from home and what goes on with stuff like that. The title What Separates Me From You represents everything that the record is about in different ways. It means something different for the various things the record talks about, but it ties it all together in the end. I think that's really cool. That was important to me. The album artwork goes along with that. It's like you're separated from everybody else. It was definitely important and I'm always conscious of stuff like that.
How do you choose the album artwork? Do you have a go-to artist?
We've had a different person do almost every record. I go with the person I'm feeling for the project. I wanted the artwork for What Separates Me From You to be a little more serious. It has the vibe of a painting.
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