CONCERT REVIEW: A Day To Remember @ Sound Academy – 14.04.10

A Day To Remember

In 2009, there was this Florida band called A Day To Remember who released their third album “Homesick”, talking about how homesick they were due to the band’s heavy touring schedule. The record, written on the road, was one of the best albums in 2009 that gained ADTR a lot more fans.

Although the band gets homesick when they are on tour, when they are not on tour, they get “toursick” – which appropriately titles ADTR’s first full US/Canada headlining tour. ADTR’s Toursick features pop punk band Veara, Enter Shikari all the way from UK, and metalcore band August Burns Red. (Canada’s own Silverstein is also part of the line up, however they are not playing the Canadian dates.

On April 14th, a very warm and nice day in downtown Toronto at almost 20°C, over 2500 fans went to the Sound Academy for a sold out show of Toursick, anticipating nothing but pure pop punk/metalcore mayhem.


A sold out crowd, bands with brutal breakdowns usually mean the audience is anything but restless. Before the first band Veara came on, the crowd was chanting and pushing, getting pumped up for the crazy night to come. Veara is a four piece pop-punk band from Augusta, Georgia which recently signed to Epitaph Records and Running Man Records (co-owned by ADTR’s lead singer Jeremy McKinnon and bassist Joshua Woodard). Despite it being the first time the band played Toronto, the crowd was responsive to the band’s exploding energy.

Enter Shikari

The UK post-hardcore/electronica quartet Enter Shikari took over the stage next and they meant business. It was a performance like no other, lead singer/keyboardist Rou Reynolds rarely stays in one place for long and runs around the stage. He is also responsible for the band’s catchy melodies. The extremely active performance attracted crowd surfers. The band members also stage dived, Reynolds even dived on top of the audience and made way to a near pole and held on there to sing. They ended the set with the band’s first single “Sorry, You’re Now A Winner”.

August Burns Red

After the impressive and entertaining set, the Pennsylvania quintet August Burns Red came on. Although I’m not a fan and knew none of the songs (I have always thought they were way too intense for my ears), I had a great time during their set watching the breakdowns and the crowd. It was a prodigious experience watching ABR because frontman Jake Luhrs was such an intriguing subject with his powerful stage presence and antics, occasionally showing off his mic-swinging skills.

A Day To Remember

A Day To Remember

Finally, the curtain dropped, and the crowd was getting rowdy waiting for ADTR to come on. The curtain opened and the audience was looking at the LCD screen on stage playing a pre-recorded video of ADTR hanging out. After the video, the lights dimmed and the quintet walked on stage with front man Jeremy McKinnon coming out last. Having their own headline tour means bigger stage production that includes a catwalk behind drummer Alex Shelnutt, smoke machines and confetti. Beginning the set was “The Downfall of Us All”, the first song from their latest album Homesick that features the anthemic “da da da da da” opening chorus that has the audience fist pumping and chanting along. The next two were classics “A Shot In The Dark” and “The Danger In Starting A Fire” from the band’s sophomore album. Crowd surfers were having fun, loyal fans were having a great time shouting back the words. The band also performed their cover to The Fray’s “Over My Head (Cable Car)” off the Punk Goes Pop 2 compilation. ADTR played a dynamic set with 18 songs. Lead singer Jeremy McKinnon, guitarists Neil Westfall, Kevin Skaff and bassist Joshua Woodard take turns on rocking out on the elevated catwalk. From a far, the silhouetted members against the flashing ADTR letters from the screen were an inspiring sight. The set ended with “Have Faith In Me” and the vindictive “I’m Made Of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made of?”. Fortunately, the set did not end there. The two song encore included the acoustic break up song “If It Means A Lot To You” that provided a great sing along moment. Lastly, “The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle” finished the exhilarating set like every ADTR show.

A Day To Remember

To be honest, 18 songs were not really enough.

Text and photos by Jessie Lau
Translated by Jaime Chuvzlom-icqоптимизация сайта одесса