2012, Features, Interviews — January 29, 2012 4:36 pm

Kevin Skaff of A Day To Remember

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“We’ve been writing for the new album since our last album pretty much, we just kinda never stop.  We have a bunch of material that we’re going to need a whole frickin year to go back and listen to, but hopefully we’ll be done by July or August and get that album released this year”

A Day To Remember have the perfect band name, as when you see these guys play it sure is a day to remember, yeah, that just happened, but it’s true.  An energetic hardcore / rock band that put on one hell of a show and that will be no different as they are heading back Down Under for Soundwave as well as a couple of Sidewaves in February.  They’re one of the major bands to catch on the day, so take it from us, do what you can to see them!  Their last album ‘What Separates Me From You’ was one of the best of 2011 and if you haven’t heard it yet, do yourself a favour.

We had a quick chat to Kevin from A Day To Remember about heading back to Australia, touring in general and just when we can expect new music from them.

You’re heading back to Australia for Soundwave, what can we expect this time around?
Hopefully a good concert ha ha ha we just hope we come down and that people don’t hate us.

You’re also hitting up some Sidewaves with The Used and You Me At Six, how if any way do you treat your own headlining shows compared to that of a being on at a festival?
Yeah well when we headline we have twice as long as a set than when play a festival set, and it’s indoors.  I don’t know, it makes for a better environment I believe, cause people come and feel like they’re all in it together.  The festival will be cool this time around cause there’s a lot of good headliners and there’s gonna be a bunch of people there so they both have their pros and cons.

Are you pumped to catch any of the other bands on the Soundwave bill?
Yes, Limp Bizkit’s playing! The dudes that we’re playing the sidewaves with, The Used and You Me At Six I’m pretty excited to see.  I’ll just walk around the festival a bit, I’m not quite sure.

You’ve been to Australia many times before, how do our audiences here compare to those around the world?
To be honest with you, we get kind of the same reaction everywhere we go.  Australia is one of the better places next to the United States, I think UK and Australia have really similar reactions to us so Australia’s like our second favourite and the UK is our third favourite place to go, you guys are high up there.

‘What Separates Me From You’ has been out for over a year now, has there been any thoughts about the next album or is it still on this one until you’ve finished touring?
Well we’re kind of doing both at the same time, we’ve been writing for the new album since our last album pretty much, we just kinda never stop.  We have a bunch of material that we’re going to need a whole frickin year to go back and listen to, but hopefully we’ll be done by July or August and get that album released this year.
This year?
Yeah, we’re trying as hard as we can, then it’s up to the higher powers to say when it comes out, but as the band we’re shooting for this year.

Are you aiming for the same vibe on this one?
It’s a different vibe, it’s the last album but more of a ‘Homesick’ album, I don’t know, it’s different, you’ll hear in hopefully not too long.

I did read that Tom Denney would be involved with this new album in some form again, is that true?
Yeah for sure, I mean he was involved with the last album and he’s definitely going to be involved with this one, pre-production demos and writing songs and stuff, he’s always going to be involved with everything we do.  Whether it be making albums, he’s in almost every one of our videos too ha ha.

My favourite song on your latest album is ‘All Signs Point To Ft Lauderdale’ and I see that was voted as number 10 on AOL’s top 10 rock songs of 2011, how cool is that for you guys?
That’s awesome! I didn’t even know it was even voted top songs of AOL, that’s really cool to know.

As a band for close to almost 10 years, looking back over your career, what do you see as the biggest learning curve?
Definitely Warped Tour is a huge one, you learn a lof of what not to do.  Definitely your first headlining tour, you learn a lot on that, whether it be time limits, getting on stage, making sure all the support acts are comfortable, making sure everyone is taken care of.  There’s a lot to learn at every kind of show that you do.

How much longer are you out on the road for this album?
We’re going to be touring until the first week of May and then after that we’re going to go into the studio.

Do you have a message for your Australian fans?
We love you guys and we’ll see you in February.

 

Essential Information

From: Florida, USA

Band members: Jeremy McKinnon – Vocals, Alex Shelnutt – Drums, Neil Westfall- Guitar, Joshua Woodard – Bass, Kevin Skaff- Guitar

Website: http://www.adtr.com

Latest release: ‘What Separates Me From You’ (Riot! Entertainment 2011)

Sidewave details:

 MONDAY 27 FEBRUARY  BRISBANE, EATONS HILL HOTEL – Licensed A/A
www.oztix.com.au136 100 

TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY SYDNEY, UNSW ROUNDHOUSE– Licensed A/A
www.ticketek.com.au 132 849

 

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