Jeremy McKinnon does not find his group to Remember on fairly the same degree as the likes of Weezer and Fall Out Boy. But he may take the minority.
ADTR will headline the largest occasion of the year for the alt rock landscape when it takes the stage as of this year’s Alternative Press Music Awards on Monday, July 18. In doing so, in bringing the yearly occasion house a rare group that features Patrick Stump and Rivers Cuomo is joined by McKinnon.
“I suppose I do not think of us like that.”
You can not attribute his bandmates – guitarists Kevin Skaff and McKinnon and Neil Westfall, drummer Alex Shelnutt and bassist Joshua Woodard. When A Day to Remember arrived on the scene with its unprecedented combination of metalcore and pop punk, fellow artists and fans did not understand what to make of them.
“That is only the scene we all grew up in, feeling like you are an outsider in this world no one actually understands exists,” McKinnon says. “To be honest, we still kind of feel that way. In the grand scheme of music we are not a group that is huge. We do good, but it is unbelievable — You go some areas on the planet and folks do not even know we exist.”
In under a decade, A Day has gone to among the top performances in the scene from outcast, Neck Deep and affecting younger artists like The Storyline So Much.
“I have never pictured someone saying we were an influence,” McKinnon declares. “It was not a target of ours, but it is crazy.”
In many ways, A Day is the best group to headline the APMAs of in 2013, having started its career during the summit interval of pop punk and appeared more than some of times.
“They’re undoubtedly a headlining act these days,” says Mike Shea, founder and CEO of Alternative Press. “There are several groups their size and prominence. They’ve a record and are going on tour with Blink 182. The time was perfect.”
ADTR was being hailed by aP as an artist before the group broke through to observe;
And when ADTR had a highly publicized split with Victory, a statement was issued by it through Alternative Press’ web site to facilitate the tension.
“They are the only magazine that always follows our group and the style of music we are in,” says McKinnon. “They have been a tremendous help and it is amazing they support all of us.”
The pressure was on.
“It was only that time in our career where we actually needed to step up and do something wonderful,” McKinnon avows. “We needed to change things up. We have done records the identical manner for four or three . Everyone on our side wanted something fresh.”
Among the first things to come from the session was “Paranoia,” a raucous metalcore anthem about losing your head that’s become the ADTR’s most well-received tune ever. McKinnon says fans can expect more significant dislocations on “Bad Vibrations,” which he declares is the group’s most personal record and the centerpiece of what is become its largest year.