Ahead of A Day To Remember's incredibly special intimate show at the House Of Vans in London last month, Kerrang! caught up with frontman Jeremy McKinnon to find out all about their brand-new record, You're Welcome.
And not only does the album pack in a ton of fresh elements (which you'll be able to read all about in this week's issue of the magazine), its title has a very special origin story: it was actually named by a fan.
“I needed a hoodie for a show,” explains Jeremy. “It was our first show back from this massive time that we took off. Me and my wife had our first kid, the band was cool, and we pretty much took the whole year off to just be home, so I could be a part of that first year and help out. In the downtime, whenever I could, I’d be writing. So that’s really why we’ve been gone for so long. But for the first show back, I put on this outfit and was like, ‘Oooh, I need a white hoodie with this.’ So I went to the store and bought a white hoodie, and it said in red, ‘You’re Welcome’, and the colour matched my shoes that I was wearing, and I was like, ‘Oh, this is perfect!’
“There was a photo that was taken of me at this festival that we’d played in Mexico where I’m singing, and I pull my hoodie and it says, ‘You’re Welcome’. I got tagged in the photo the next day, and the first comment said, ‘Calling it now: the new A Day To Remember album is called You’re Welcome!’ And because I read it online, completely unguarded, it kind of hit me like I was told the A Day To Remember record name for the first time. I sat there, and it kind of had me stunned (laughs). I was like, ‘I think I fucking love that.’ So it was named by a fan.”
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“I’ve got a screenshot of it,” Jeremy continues. “It’s crazy. I just put it in my notes, and we had a bunch of other names that kept getting thrown around, but we felt like nothing was better than that. It fit. And it’s our whole brand: not taking ourselves too seriously. It’s also a gift, you know what I mean? We wrote so many songs for this record, and we’re so excited and proud of it, that it’s like, ‘Here, you’re welcome!’”
A Day To Remember's new album You're Welcome is due out on November 15 via Fueled By Ramen. Stream latest single Degenerates below: