Hardcore shows are meant to be in a grotty little room under a pub. Add a bit of pop-punk, however, and you get to the Brixton Academy. That’s what A Day To Remember have done, so we went down to see what all the fuss is about.
Six things we learned from A Day To Remember’s London show:
- Put a gig on a Saturday that you expect loads of young people to attend and you will have a queue which extends all the way around the venue, all afternoon. This will never change.
- Pierce The Veil’s noodling nonsense is utter guff but Bayside are actually ok if you like that sort of thing (unashamed pop punk). Apparently, a lot of people do…
- It’s not big or clever but that’s ok. ADTR have two massive punchbags hanging either side of the drum riser. If they’d gone on tour with neanderthal emo-core monsters, Emmure it would’ve made loads of sense. Emmure sold Emmure-branded boxing gloves a couple of years ago. Boo, glorified violence. BOO!
- Kicking off your set with a massive burst from a confetti cannon gets the crowd on your side immediately. Bravo, A Day To Remember. Incidentally, the audience knew the words to all the songs anyway.
- Apparently it’s not about being brutal all of the time. Just like every pop punk band in the history of mankind has realised, if you make your music sweet enough for the ladies, the lads will follow and will end up liking it.
- A Day To Remember have done it exactly right. They’ve toured their arses off and released solid album after solid album. Plus they covered Kelly Clarkson’s best song and made it better. They really ought to have played it tonight. Just for us.
A Day To Remember @ Brixton Academy – 05 February 2011 setlist
The Danger In Starting A Fire
A Shot In The Dark
My Life For Hire
I’m Made Of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?
All I Want
Mr. Highway’s Thinking About The End
This Is The House That Doubt Built
Sticks & Bricks
You Already Know What You Are
Why Walk On Water When You Got Boats?
Fast Forward to 2012
Have Faith In Me
You Should’ve Killed Me When You Had The Chance
If It Means A Lot To You
The Downfall Of Us All
The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle