Review – Bobby Rein
I CAN FEEL YOUR BAD VIBRATIONS!
There’s something refreshing when a record kicks off with the two of the singles that have been released prior to the album. It gives a sense of “alright, I’ve heard these two absolute bangers already, the rest of the record is basically a clean slate.” That’s exactly what Florida five piece, A Day to Remember have done with their upcoming sixth studio record, Bad Vibrations.
The record opens with title track, Bad Vibrations followed with Paranoia and then it’s more or less into the unknown. For the first time in years, the hardcore element outweighs the pop punk. It’s something that the old school fans will truly appreciate and the minds of the newer pop punk fans will probably melt a little bit. Let’s just say, there were times when I had to step away from my MacBook and throw down a nostalgic two-step!
It’s the love child of For Those Who Have Heart and Homesick we’ve been waiting for! As always, Jeremy McKinnon’s vocals are an outstanding feat as he has the ability to tear through stone through a vicious verse/breakdown then flawlessly shift to a gentle lullaby like chorus. Track 4 Exposed highlights the brutality of his vox in the massive breakdown which is destined to be a mosh favourite:
“LIKE A SHARK THAT’S COMING TO SURFACE, WE’VE GOT A TASTE FOR BLOOD!!!!
DON’T BELIEVE WHAT THE PACIFIST TELLS YOU. NO WAR!!! NO PEACE!!!
CHUG CHUG CHUGGA CHUG, CHUGGITY CHUG…… BRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!”
McKinnon has stated that the title of the record was based off of feelings of stress and anxiety. These emotions truly shine through with the sound, as the record is riddled with a beautiful combination of angst and staying strong when times are hard.
Thrashy drums, melodic riffs, br00tal vox, dreamy clean vox and strong imagery ties this record together perfectly. The melodic hardcore moshmongers are returning to our shores in December and it’s a show you don’t want to miss.
Bad Vibrations is out September 2, 2016.
*****BAD VIBES AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2016*****
Saturday 10 December – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth
Tuesday 13 December – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Wednesday 14 December – Festival Hall, Melbourne
Friday 16 December – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Sunday 18 December – Riverstage, Brisbane