A Day To Remember at Download Festival 2013 review

'More pop than punk'

A Day To Remember at Download Festival 2013 review

Photographer:Jamie Boynton

Ali Ryland - 18 June 2013

Word around the waterhole is that the post-hardcore stylings of A Day To Remember have been dampened recently, released tracks off the upcoming album 'Common Courtesy' being received  more coolly than expected from a band that have previously held the scene under their sway.

One can understand this reticence when, although starter 'Violence (Enough Is Enough)' might err more on the side of hardcore than post, ADTR's fans demand catchy choruses and poppy hooks, of which the track has none.

A quick look for redemption is not forthcoming as, although the rest of the set is riddled with a reliance on radio-friendly album 'Homesick', the faltering vocals of Jeremy McKinnon for '2nd Sucks' and 'A Shot In The Dark' fall short of expectations. Thus musical quailing in their respective boots calls for big action; and at last they start to deliver. “I want to see crowdsurfers on top of crowdsurfers!” shouts McKinnon as stronger song 'Better Off This Way' is the soundtrack to the request, fans actually semi-successfully attempting to stand upon the many crowdsurfers's bellies.

While this adds some welcome pizazz to proceedings and steps their performance up a gear, ADTR are almost as big a disappointment as similar slot fillers Rise Against were last year. Perhaps that's to be expected from an act that's more pop than punk; at least finishing on anthemic 'The Downfall Of Us All' can still provoke a blistering reaction.

Setlist:

  1. Violence (Enough Is Enough)
  2. 2nd Sucks
  3. A Shot in the Dark
  4. I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?
  5. My Life for Hire
  6. All Signs Point to Lauderdale
  7. Better Off This Way
  8.  Mr Highway's thinking about the end
  9. All I Want
  10. Have Faith in Me
  11. The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle
  12. The Downfall of Us All

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