Peeking into the creative (right) and technical (left) brains behind your favorite songs.
A DAY TO REMEMBER's "THE DOWNFALL OF US ALL" (myspace.com/adaytoremember)
WITH CHAD GILBERT
YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT YOU ARE
Making that song, I wanted it to be heavy--because A Day To Remember are a heavy band--but I also wanted it to show their improvement with melody. They were doing some melodic things before, but on the new record I wanted to prove that Jeremy could sing better than he did on the last record; and they're heavier live, so I wanted to have that on the record, too.
MY LIFE FOR HIRE
With the riffs, it was more just picking out the good parts and really focusing in on them. They're a growing band and growing musicians, and for me, it was about fleshing out the songs, picking apart the good melodic ones and good heavy ones. I kinda feel that's why they asked me to do it: Because of my background with Shai Hulud and hardcore and stuff; and my background with New Found Glory's melodic stuff. I feel it was a really good fit.
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY
When they first played me the demo of "Downfall," they wanted it to be the first song on the record. Overall, in my opinion, first songs are often the first thing people hear, so it should almost encompass the whole record. I'm so psyched on it. I'm glad it's the opening song. I feel if you never heard the band before, and you hear "Downfall," it's a perfect introduction.
ALBUM: Homesick WRITTEN: September 2008 in Gainesville, FL RECORDED: The Wade Studio, Ocala, FL PRODUCED BY: Chad Gilbert/ADTR TRACKED BY: Andrew Wade MIXED BY: Adam Dutkiewicz