Words: Woody Woodworth
It has been just under 10 years since Florida’s A Day to Remember released their fourth album, and arguably one of their best, What Separates Me From You. The perfect follow up to Homesick, the album which really put the band on the map in the scene. While Homesick brought upon many an anthem and catapulted them to stardom, What Separates Me From You proved they can continue their streak of exceptional music back-to-back.
Being newer in the scene usually means that you need to earn your spot, but ADTR was special, unlike really any other band at the time
Putting together a follow-up album to something as good as Homesick must have been a tough road to navigate. Between the immediate love from the fans and appraisals from critics, all eyes were on the five-piece to see if they could live up to the hype or dwindle into pop punk what-ifs. There are many bands from the late 2000s that had a chance at scene stardom but folded for whatever reasons.
Based in Ocala, Florida, situated right in the middle of the state, ADTR had to grind everyday to get to where they are today. Unlike the music scene today, which has been on the sidelines since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they had the opportunity to tour with other great bands in the genre to promote their album. Being newer in the scene usually means that you need to earn your spot, but ADTR was special, unlike really any other band at the time.
In January of 2011, the band played their first national TV spot, being featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live! which was not all too common for rock bands outside of the poppier side of the scene such as Green Day and Blink-182. ADTR brought their edgy, right-in-your-face hardcore punk sound to the national stage and made more of a name for themselves and the genre itself.
What Separates Me From You is the last hardcore oriented album from the band and its fitting that it’s turning 10 this year
Standout songs such as “All I Want,” ”All Signs Point to Lauderdale,” and “It’s Complicated” showed everyone that ADTR was still there and making strong moves. The entire album flows from gritty to inspirational and back again in so many different ways and is just as edgy as Homesick, although they branched slightly away from that sound because they didn’t want their music to be stagnant with their listeners and themselves.
This record was produced by Chad Gilbert, Andrew Wade and Jeremy McKinnon but marked the last for the partnership between ADTR and Victory Records after 3 albums. There are always positives and negatives to leaving a record label and sometimes it can make or break a career. For ADTR, it gave them a chance to look at what they’ve done with themselves thus far and how they want to move forward and grow. Common Courtesy, the follow up release to What Separates Me From You is just as good but goes in a slightly different direction.
What Separates Me From You is the last hardcore oriented album from the band and its fitting that it’s turning 10 this year. The scene was so completely different 10 years ago with up and comers turning into staples on everyone’s playlist. It was a time that was huge for punk and hardcore beween the success of Myspace for some bands in the genre, and word- of-mouth which got their fan base growing.
ADTR have made it through the changing music scene and the next 10 years will, of course, bring more inevitable changes but we’ll always be jamming What Separates Me From You.