The Ocala boys are putting the finishing touches to their fourth album, so we caught up with them to find out what we're in for when it drops...
With the follow-up to last year's 'Homesick' due out next month, the Floridian metal / pop alchemists A Day To Remember are still working hard in the studio.
The as-yet untitled album is being produced by Adam Dutkiewicz from Killswitch Engage (who mixed 'Homesick') after New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert did the tracking, and we caught up with bassist Joshua Woodard to get the lowdown the band's progress.
What attracted you to Adam as a producer? “He worked on the last record, doing some mixing, and we loved the way it sounded. We’ve just got back from five weeks of playing European festivals and his band played a lot of the same ones as us and he’s just an awesome guy. It makes sense.”
Do songs tend to change much from the demo stage to the final recordings? “Yes, and it’s funny to see that happen. While we were in Europe we had Andrew Wade, who usually does all of the tracking for our demos, out with us, and we were working with him on the road. Chad has a million ideas, and crazy things were happening – verses became choruses and stuff – and he helps us with arranging and writing. Everyday we’ve been going in from 11am until 9pm and all we do is sit around and play. For our last record we did pre-production on a bus, and now we’re doing it in the studio. It’s more free-range.”
Is this record shaping up to take one particular direction? “Anyone who’s ever listened to A Day To Remember knows we do what we want – people say we can’t play hardcore and pop music, but we continue to do it. So I’d like to say it’ll be more of the same – it’s heavy and catchy music, but we’re becoming better songwriters so it’s getting more heavy and more pop.”
For more on A Day To Remember, pick up next month's copy of Rock Sound, onsale September 15 from WHSmith and all good newsagents.