So A Day to Remember aren’t having the best time of things as of late. Apparently, suing your record label isn’t as fun as it sounds. Neither is having to get a judge to legally allow you to release an album that they’ve had ready to go for quite some time, independently. However, despite all that, permission was granted and Common Courtesy was officially released on October 8th via digital download.
One of the nice things about the way this album was released (yes, there is a slight upside to the legal warfare that it’s caused) is that fans and reviewers alike got hold of it at the same time. So if, like me, you follow anyone in the industry via twitter or any other social media services, you didn’t have to hear ‘OMG bangers galore!’ or ‘Wait till you hear this new ADTR album’ for the three weeks or so before release. But does Common Courtesy deserve the rave reviews it’s been getting left, right and centre since we were finally allowed to hear it?
The answer is, quite simply: Yes.
As the track states, they’re Right Back At It. It’s almost as if 3 years haven’t passed between this and What Separates Me From You. A Day to Remember do Pop Punk blended with Hardcore Breakdowns amazingly well. There’s a reason why they’re are at the fore front of the scene.
Whilst everything kicks off with the joyful slices of pop punk that are City of Ocala and the aforementioned Right Back At It, for me, Sometimes You’re The Hammer, Sometimes you’re the Nail is where things really take it up a gear and make me want to punch the air in delight. McKinnon’s voice is sounding amazing, be it stripped back on the likes of I’m Already Gone, or bellowing out the deep screams and aggression on the likes of Dead & Buried, Life Lessons Learned The Hard Way and Violence (Enough is Enough). Hard to believe that the latter was put out for us all to hear almost a year ago, back when everyone involved thought that Common Courtesy would initially hit shelves. The Document Speaks For itself is a brutally honest interpretation of the legal situation with Victory Records. One that’s still ongoing as I type this.
Lyrically, these tracks wouldn’t be out of place on any of the previous releases from the Floridan outfit. However, this time around, the album is dashed with acoustic offerings that surprisingly, work very well in the running order. We’ve always known though that they can strip it back, Homesick has some great examples of those lighter moments if you need a refresher course.
If you don’t like A Day to Remember, this is hardly going to convert you. But for their fans; it’s what we’ve been waiting for. It’s all still there; the stadium like choruses that are going to initiate singalongs of epic proportions when the band take these shores next February with Every Time I Die, the chugging guitars that make your whole body want to move and the thudding double bass drum that you’ll feel in your chest. Common Courtesy has it all and then some. Just like City of Ocala states, ‘You had another thing coming if you were sleeping on us’.