After the release of their newest record in 2016, a tour supporting Blink 182, and a minimal touring schedule, Florida natives A Day to Remember, comprised of Jeremy McKinnon (vocals), Kevin Skaff (Lead Guitarist), Neil Westfall (rhythm guitarist), Joshua Woodard (bass), and Alex Shelnutt (Drums) have gone back out on a small run of shows playing more intimate venues across the eastern US on the “Raisin’ Hell In The Heartland” Tour, which recently stopped in Raleigh.
The night started off with an energetic opener, with the boys in the British pop-punk band Boston Manor. I had the pleasure of seeing this band play at Epicenter Festival earlier this year, and they had one of the largest turnouts of the whole festival, despite the fact that they were playing a smaller stage. Yet again, they were extremely impressive in their performing skills while opening for A Day to Remember, playing some of their more popular songs like “Flowers In Your Dustbin” and their new single featuring Trophy Eyes front-man John Floreani “Liquid”.
Next up was Kentucky hardcore band Knocked Loose, who I’ve seen before and knew how hard they go, so I was pleasantly anxious to see how they played in front of a younger crowd. Surprisingly, they got the crowd going insane, and it was a blast to watch. From the minute the opening of “By The Grave” played, to the minute they walked off stage, they gave it their all, and absolutely killed it!
Shortly thereafter, “Turn Down For What” blared through the PA’s, as the members of the band all entered the stage. The first song they powered through was “2nd Sucks”, which was the perfect choice to get the crowd rowdy. As Jeremy’s screams echoed through the venue, fans bombarded the barricade, and were crowd surfing left and right. During the third song, “Paranoia”, one of the singles from their last record, Bad Vibrations, Jeremy told the crowd “Raleigh can do better” and instructed the crowd to open the circle pits up wider. The fans obliged, and got the venue going crazy as the heavy riffs and intense vocals screeched through the speakers.
But, this isn’t to say that they only played their hardcore stuff. One of the highlights of the night was getting to hear “Have Faith in Me” live, as Kevin and Neil’s guitars perfectly complemented with Jeremy’s somber vocals. The night ended off on a high note with the high-energy hit “The Downfall of Us All”, as the band thanked everyone for coming, and headed off to their next date at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach.
A DAY TO REMEMBER Set-list:
Turn Down For What (entrance music played over the PA) / 2nd Sucks / Right Back at It Again / Paranoia / Mr. Highway’s Thinking About the End / Sticks & Bricks / Better Off This Way / Bullfight / Have Faith in Me / I’m Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of? (with Bryan Garris of Knocked Loose) / My Life for Hire / Sometimes You’re the Hammer, Sometimes You’re the Nail / All Signs Point to Lauderdale / All I Want / The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle
If It Means a Lot to You / The Downfall of Us All