A DAY TO REMEMBER – BAD VIBRATIONS
Released: 02 September 2016
℗ 2016 ADTR Records, LLC
- Bad Vibrations
- We Got This
- Same About You
- Turn Off the Radio
- Forgive and Forget
- Negative Space
- In Florida
Reviewed By Nisa Ates
Pioneers of the post-hardcore scene, Ocala band A Day To Remember have once again reinforced their place in the industry with their 6th banger of a record, Bad Vibrations.
Thirteen years into their career, ADTR have mastered the art of what makes them work while never being afraid to go in new directions.
The title track of the album, Bad Vibrations, is the perfect opener to the ensuing 42 minutes of aural bliss you’re about to experience. It’s heavy, loud and aggressive – jumping straight to the gun. Following is Paranoia, the first taste of the album fans were given back in March. The song is the perfect blend between poppy and heavy; it’s upbeat in its aggression and a true example of the essence of ADTR’s style.
Naivety comes in with a much more punk influence and reminisces a fusion between 2009’s Homesick and 2013’s Common Courtesy. Contrasting this, Exposed kicks off and immediately adds a new level of heavy to the album with dropped down tones and a killer of a breakdown – although it surprisingly doesn’t interrupt the flow of the record.
The start of the next track Bullfight took me off guard just a bit and it’s evident the band have adopted a different style with much more melodic guitars to back McKinnon’s vocals. Reassemble and Justified bring things back to a more familiar sound, the former a bit heavier while the latter is a little more upbeat in comparison.
We Got This again gives you that familiar taste of Common Courtesy while still sounding vaguely in line with Homesick’s title track, a lot more pop-punk influenced than what we’ve heard so far. Same About You and Turn Off The Radio continue with the catchy melodies that are unmistakably a definitive ADTR trait.
It’s been a loud, poppy and heavy run till now but the final track Forgive & Forget comes in to close the album, to end the party with a (mellow) bang. It’s the slowest song on the album and with backing strings and prominent drums aiding McKinnon’s decelerated vocals, the track builds up to a louder verse and chorus, heightening the intensity and bringing the album to a strong end.
The album is very A Day To Remember but done so in such a way that it’s not repetitive or redundant in its beauty. It may be titled Bad Vibrations but I assure you, upon listening to the record you’ll be left with nothing but good vibes… I’m sorry, that was a bad joke. I’ll see myself out now.