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A Day To Remember - What Separates Me From You

Amy Bangs
Amy Bangs 13 November 2010 at 14.00

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We challenge you to define them

Any press-weary band will tell you they hate journalists pigeonholing them into a certain type of music, but most then proceed to sound like a thousand other bands in their scene. Florida’s A Day To Remember wouldn’t shoot themselves in the foot like that, with their fusion of metal, punk, hardcore and pop even harder to pin down on their fourth record. Ironically, opener ‘Sticks & Bricks’ probably has the largest disparity between their influences, presenting the album’s only real weakness – one song occasionally seeming like two unrelated ideas patched together. But even when this happens, they’re still two great songs, thanks mostly to their unshakeable knack for a melody. Musically, they’re at their best when they’re tuneful – as well as offering a contrast to the album’s angry, jaded lyrics (particularly on ‘All I Want’ and ‘It’s Complicated’), it lends an originality to heavier songs like ‘You Be Tails, I’ll Be Sonic’. While cynics will call a poppier foundation too commercially driven, their (musically) upbeat moments make it clear how creative they’ve been with arrangements and production, making no two verses, choruses or breakdowns sound alike. Make sure you give this a listen – we challenge you to define them.

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