In an interview with NME, he says the record still doesn’t have a proper release date but explains why while offering some info about the direction of the new material.
While speaking on whether he knows when the record is arriving, McKinnon says they’re still waiting on a few things but they don’t want to release the album in a lazy way.
“It’s still up in the air, everyone obviously wants it to come out as soon as possible but we’re going with the flow here. We’ve almost got all the masters in, I’m expecting them any time now. We’re still trying to get our artwork done. I know that’s been annoying fans but we have such a thing going. Every ADTR record has had these cool silhouettes that are unique to them and then, just because we were lazy and didn’t like people yelling at us, we just didn’t do it for ‘You’re Welcome’ yet. How lame is that?”
He continues, saying the artwork is the primary reason but they feel it needs to be done correctly.
“It’s important for us to continue that legacy. It’s important that it’s up to standard. I do understand the frustration – it’s frustrating for all of us that the main thing holding up the release is artwork that for most people will be the size of a dime on your phone. But if we don’t put that time and care into it, is it really an A Day To Remember record? We’re going to do everything we can to get as much stuff out there for people. We didn’t make people wait for no fucking reason, so it better be right.”
“It’s the first time in a long time that it has felt fresh. There are songs on this album that are mixes of things that I don’t know exist yet. It feels like ADTR, it feels like today and it also feels like a heavy band, all wrapped up in one. We branch out in directions we never have before, and it’s executed better than things we’ve done before. I just think they’re better songs.”
He also discusses how their new record will be featuring some fairly pop-oriented material and how it feels strange representing both light and heavy sides of music fans.
“That’d be awesome if that is the way people viewed it, but I’m just thankful. It’s always just exciting when the booking agent is like ‘We should be playing these rooms’ and it genuinely felt like a slow growth from when this first started happening for us. It’s a blessing to be in this position, this late into our career. There aren’t many bands that could go on tour with both Slipknot and blink-182 and not get bottled. I think that’s pretty unique to us.”
You can check out more from the interview here.
Recently, the band dropped their latest single “Mindreader” which guitarist Kevin Skaff has created a video showing guitar players how to perform the song. They’ve also released “Degenerates” and “Resentment” so far and are planning on dropping new tracks over the next while.
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