WORDS: SARAH SHODIPE | PHOTOS: DEREK BREMMER
A massive band like A Day To Remember. An amazing, yet tiny venue like House of Vans London. On paper, it shouldn’t work. But as the masses of fans lucky enough to grab themselves some impossible-to-get free tickets, it was clear this was going to be a unique experience. Unlike most gigs, this House of Vans adventure immersed gig-goers from the moment they walked in. An entrance hall adorned with posters celebrating the event, projections of the band’s best moments in the skate room and a cheeky photo booth to get yourself a momentum of the night. Things we’re shaping up to be an unforgettable evening, and the band hadn’t even played yet.
It’s been just over two and a half years since A Day To Remember have even played the UK, let alone London, and you could sense the anticipation & eagerness in the epic House of Vans hall of every crowd member to see this legendary band play. As the lights go down and the words “Fight!” ring out at the start of the opener ‘2nd Sucks’, the room comes to life. The band give off a passionate performance that helps take the energy of the room to a ridiculously high level that only rises more and more through the night.
The die-hard fan status of every person in that room was well and truly tested as they all sang along to every word at the top of their lungs – even the new single ‘Degenerates’, which was merely hours old at that point. However, the well-known anthems such as ‘Sometimes You’re the Hammer, Sometimes You’re the Nail’ or ‘All Signs Point to Lauderdale’ proved themselves to be red-letter moments of the set. While all the band were on top form, special praise goes out to Jeremy McKinnon and the range of vocal styles he was able to pull off. From the rough vocals on ‘The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle’ right into the emotional, clean singing of ‘If It Means A Lot To You’. Not to mention the fact that the band left us with plenty to mull over as they teased their new album title to the excitable crowd.
As the band leave the stage having played their classic closer ‘The Downfall Of Us All’, every person in the room is left absolutely satisfied, if a little sweaty. A Day To Remember. House of Vans London. It may sound like it doesn’t work. But it absolutely does.
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