Sometimes people just need a sign, that everything is going as planned, and that everything else goes away into the darkness of this shallow place. This group was a sign for me when I thought life was getting tough. These guys were an example of how to simply have fun through all times in life, you could feel it in their music. Thanks to my sister Aleyah for putting me on game.
A Day To Remember - Homesick
Released February 3, 2009
A Day To Remember (ADTR) used their second album as a stepping stone towards a very successful future. This group from Ocala, Florida, started off in the garage of their lead singer's house, Jeremy McKinnon. Many consider their music to be "Metalcore" because of the occasional hard drum solos and loud noises, or "Pop-punk" because of the smooth guitar riffs and deep lyrics. Jeremy is one of the best lyricists I've ever listened to, going across all genres of music. The album only sold 22,000 units in it's first week, but was certified Gold by the end of the year because of the success of a couple singles.
The first song I ever heard from them was "I'm Made of Wax Larry, What are you Made of?" The music video showed the band members and friends playing against kids in kickball, with hot cheerleaders, chokeslams, and crazy head banging. It looked like something out of a Jackass movie. Just a bunch of dudes being themselves and having fun while being able to share some great music. In the song, Jeremy says, "This is me, you can take it or leave. Right or wrong, I will stand on my own two feet." Not sure who he was talking to, but I'm sure he stands by his statement. In a song a little less hard "Have Faith in Me" the video shows a couple going through a rough patch in their relationship, leading to the end of it. He says "I said I'd never let you go and I never did. I said I'd never let you fall, and I always meant it. If you didn't have a chance, then I never did. You'll always find me right there again." The fact that they could bring versatility to a genre that usually seems to only have one sound is what made these guys stand out to me, and what made this album one of my favorites of all time.
Theres plenty of songs on this album that I could break down, but I want you guys to take a listen for yourself and create your own perspective on the lyrics and tone of the music. For most of you guys, its not gonna be the kind of music that you're used to listening to, but it wasn't for me either. When my sister showed these guys to me, I was completely shocked and how they were able to keep me engaged throughout an entire album. They really were the band that opened my ears to all different kinds of music, and made me have a more open mind. So maybe this won't be the band that opens your mind up, but when you find the sound that challenges your typical music choice, then I encourage you to never let it go.
This song is from their third studio album "What Separates Me From You" but its probably their most important song.
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.