A Day to Remember at Roy Wilkins, 10/1/13

Categories: Last Night
Photo by Youa Vang
A Day to Remember
With All Time Low, Pierce the Veil, The Wonder Years
Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What do bands on the regular Warped Tour circuit do when they're not on Warped? They throw a house party, that's what -- or at least that's what Florida band A Day to Remember did. With a stage set to rival Lady Gaga, the group brought along a "house," fire, the cops, and a few thousand of their closest friends to the Roy Wilkins on a school night.

The longevity of a punk band these days is fleeting, but ADTR have stuck around for over ten years now, growing their metal-core fanbase based on their catchy music. Their newest album, Common Courtesy, was supposed to have dropped on the same day as their St. Paul date, but according to lead singer Jeremy McKinnon, it just wasn't meant to be -- thus will be released the following Tuesday. 

With a prerecorded intro of the band inviting friends over to McKinnon's house for a party, ADTR entered the stage via the "garage" and opened with "All I Want" from their fourth studio album What Separates Me From You. Vocals are sometimes traded between Jeremy and rhythm guitarist Neil Westfall, but all eyes are on Jeremy. Slimmed down, the lead singer moves around onstage like a graceful boxer, hopping around on the balls of his feet, looking as if he was ready for any fight. It's a good thing too, because in every word he sings and every scream he puts out, all of the pent up rage is felt in the room. 

Photo by Youa Vang
The Roy Wilkins must have upped their insurance for the evening with all of the effects that ADTR brought in, which included fire that shot out every so often and could be felt at the back of the room. The elaborate stage setup allowed some of the band to roam on the "roof" as they played out classics such as "Mr. Highway's Thinking About the End" and "A Shot in the Dark." A few years ago the band was invited to cover some pop songs, and they chose the Fray's "Over My Head (Cable Car)," so they pulled the piece out last night to the delight of fans. The familiar piece took on a different, not-so-toolish tone when punk licks were added to it.

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