After a lengthy legal dispute with their label, Victory Records, A Day To Remember announced on Oct. 4 at their "Chill On The Hill" show, and through announcement via YouTube, that their latest album Common Courtesy had been given permission by a judge to be legally released today.
Ladies and gentleman, I am pleased to announce that the very record McKinnon was speaking of has indeed been released.
If you're interested in finding out all the legal mumbo-jumbo, and educate yourself for your later arguments about who was right, you can check out the public records here, and a statement from Victory Records, with whom, the battle was involved.
Either way, legal troubles with corporations like this represent why it's probably better off that your friend's (or your's for that matter) band hasn't "made it" just yet.
Independently, bands can decide not only how many creative works they want to release, but also have full range control over how its distributed and produced without the (for lack of a better phrase) devil's hands dipping into it.
But I digress, onto the album itself!
ADTR's Common Courtesy isn't exactly "new" on the whole. It throws a few curve balls in there to throw you off, like the acoustic ballad "I'm Already Gone," but other than a few traces of experimentation, you pretty much get what you paid for.
And that's okay! ADTR is a great alternative rock band in its own right.
(I know that they're not truly "alternative rock" because sub-genres have deteriorated the name of that genre, and no band since 2002 has identified simply as "alternative rock," but for arguments sake, we're calling them that instead of sifting through all the possible sub-categories ADTR can be associated with, and because their music can be boiled down to a solid "alt-rock" at the end of the day anyway. Deal with it.)
ADTR has done it again, it seems. What you see really is what you get for the most part, but again, there's a few surprises tucked into this 13-track wonder. Some of it sounds a little like Senses Fail, and others sound a little more hardcore/pop-punk, with the majority leaning towards the sounds you'd come to expect from the band.
But even with all of that Common Courtesy is still one heck of a record. It deserves a place in the ADTR repertoire, and is sure to make the crowd stand up and cheer for them all the night long.
Right now the album is only available via their website, but it should be out on digital shelves soon, so stay tuned if you don't want to buy direct (although I don't see why you should wait).
I give Common Courtesy a cool 4 out 5 for a dash of innovation and a familiar feel overall.