Early years (2003-2006)
After all playing in different bands in the Ocala music scene, singer Jeremy McKinnon, guitarists Neil Westfall and Tom Denney, bassist Joshua Woodard, and drummer Bobby Scruggs came together in 2003. Soon after, the band embarked on a “DIY” tour, playing well over 200 shows, making a name for themselves. They were signed to Indianola Records, from which they recorded their first full length, titled And Their Name Was Treason in May 2005. The album sold 8,000 copies on word of mouth alone, but the band felt that bigger and better things were to come. “A friend of mine said he had the AIM screenname of someone at Victory Records,” Woodard said. “I didn’t believe him, but I still started communicating with the guy. We IM’ed back and forth for about six months, and it happened that we were playing with the band On The Last Day in a town outside of Chicago—and this guy was going to be there filming it. It was our first time we ever played in Illinois, yet the 50-60 kids there were singing along to our tunes like they’d been fans all their lives.
Victory Records (2007-present)
Soon after signing with Victory, the band with their new drummer Alex Shellnutt went into Zing Studios to record their second full length. The album, titled For Those Who Have Heart was released in January 2007 on Victory Records and peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart and #43 on the Top Independent Albums chart. On September 24, 2007, they put a cover of Kelly Clarkson’s hit single, “Since U Been Gone” on their MySpace. This was later featured on the re-release of For Those Who Have Heart, released in February 2008.
A Day to Remember toured the United Kingdom for the first time ever in January 2008, and were later nominated for “Best International Newcomer” at the 2008 Kerrang! Awards, but lost to Black Tide. Afterwards, the band had a lengthy tour opening for Silverstein along with The Devil Wears Prada, and Protest the Hero (who dropped off the tour and were replaced by A Static Lullaby). They then played The Bamboozle Left on April 6 at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, California, one of the two days at the 2008 Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 3 and 4, as well as the Download Festival in June, and the 2008 Vans Warped Tour. Before playing the Download Festival, they toured the UK with The Devil Wears Prada and Alesana on the Road To Download Tour. In mid 2008, the band played all the U.S. dates of the “Easycore Tour” along with New Found Glory, Four Year Strong, Crime in Stereo and International Superheroes of Hardcore.
A remixed and remastered version of their first album, And Their Name Was Treason, titled Old Record, was released on October 28, 2008 through Victory Records. In December 2008, A Day to Remember toured Australia with Parkway Drive, Suicide Silence, The Acacia Strain and Confession. That month, the band also finished the recording their third studio album, Homesick. It was released on February 2, 2009 in Europe and February 3, 2009 in the United States and placed at #21 on Billboard’s Top 200 Listings and at #1 on Top Independent Albums. It was additionally featured in Rolling Stone’s “Top 40 Albums” that month, hitting number 21. Following two sold-out UK tours, A Day to Remember went on a European tour in February 2009, with the leg of the tour that took the band to Germany for the first time supported by For The Fallen Dreams and Kenai.
A Day to Remember was scheduled to tour the United States from March to May 2009 with The Devil Wears Prada, Sky Eats Airplane and Emarosa. Prior to the tour, Tom Denney broke his wrist; filling in for him is Kevin Skaff formerly of Four Letter Lie. They also toured the UK with For The Fallen Dreams and Azriel. They are also scheduled to play all dates of Warped Tour 2009, to play at Download Festival 2009, to tour Asia, Australia and New Zealand in August and September, and support Bring Me The Horizon on their October 2009 tour of the United Kingdom along with August Burns Red. The band also contributed a track to Punk Goes Pop 2 record from Fearless Records, covering The Fray’s Over My Head (Cable Car).
On June 2, 2009, the band announced that Tom Denney had left the band. The band stated that Denney left because he wants to focus on his marriage, a family, and his recording studio. Tom has been noted for recording such bands as The Starlight Getaway, Dang were on fire, as well as a number of solo acts. However, he will remain a part of the writing process. His official replacement is Kevin Skaff, formerly of Four Letter Lie.
* Jeremy McKinnon - lead vocals
* Neil Westfall - guitars, backing vocals
* Kevin Skaff - vocals, guitars
* Joshua Woodard - bass
* Alex Shelnutt - drums, percussion
Edited by Ziomek2000 on 18 May 2010, 20:00
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