Artist: A Day to Remember
Area: Florida, USA
Date of release: April 14th
Genre: Pop Rock
Record Label: Fueled by Ramen
For Fans Of: Bring Me the Horizon, Fall Out Boy
"You’re laughing like I’m supposed to know
What you’re thinkin’ but I don’t
I know that this never comes easy
Not much that matters that won’t"
Following some spaced out single releases in ‘Degenerates’ and ‘Resentment’ last year, A Day to Remember are back with the proverbial goods in the form of ‘Mindreader’. This new track continues to flesh out the band’s new musical direction, still feeling very ADTR at its core but also showing signs of progression.
‘Mindreader’ starts off with a really simple guitar riff that serves as an easy and accessible foundation of a simple, but well done song. Nothing stands out in terms of its tried and true structure of a radio friendly track, verse>chorus>verse>chorus and all that, but there’s a reason why the basics work. Nothing gets too complicated and it doesn’t need to, the guitars and drums are working on cruise control here but this still manages to provide a lot of energy and typical ADTR vibes throughout.
Jeremy favours his middle range throughout this track, only stretching to some higher notes in a disgustingly catchy chorus which is going to be a joy to sing along in a live environment post Covid-19. This is helped by Jeremy’s desire to not use the full extent of his vocal talents, as this song is easy to start jamming along to without feeling too embarrassed about your own skills. His melodies in the verses are easy to hum along to, and some serious self control has to be exerted to not belt out when the chorus swings in.
Lyrically, the song seems to discuss the importance of open communication, and tying in with the music video it puts an emphasis on a story between two lovers who aren’t on the same page. Metaphorically using symbolism with psychic readings and tarot cards, ultimately resolving in a wholesome ending where their two minds meet. It’s also a gorgeous animation that’s fun to look at, featuring occasional flashes of the band performing in the same cartoonish style.
There’s been a lot of variety between A Day To Remember’s newest releases and if they’re anything to go by, we should be in for another fantastic album release, whenever that may be.
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST) 5/5
Personal Enjoyment: 8/10