Callout Band Review of "A Day To Remember's" New Album "Bad Vibrations"
I recently asked Becky Khusidma from the band Callout to review the new A Day To Remember album "Bad Vibrations"
Thank you Becky for your interest and support of the Revelator show. I look forward to having you as a guest on the show very soon!
Among many other bands, A Day To Remember has been one of my favorite bands since my young teenage years. From the end of middle school towards the beginning of high school I was your typical “emo kid.” It’s not a phase mom!! You just don't get me. Ha-ha! Well I then eventually grew up, but I still loved all the same bands I used to listen to. ADTR was one of them, so… here I am embracing my inner emo kid with their new album, Bad Vibrations. The first song I heard off this album was “Paranoia.” In fact, I remember sitting in the studio working on my bands current EP when it was released. I’ve always known ADTR for being the band with the guitar riffs that drove the song forward, lyrics that you’d remember after hearing a song for the first time, and the catchy choruses that make you feel like you’re in an action movie ready to take down a group of bad guys in slow motion. You felt power. That is how I felt when I heard “Paranoia.” Now that the full album is out, I am not disappointed. Listening to it reminded me a lot of Homesick stylistically so if you enjoyed Homesick, you’ll enjoy Bad Vibrations too. So here’s my review of the songs that really caught my attention.
The album starts off with the song “Bad Vibrations” which reminded me a bit of “Mr. Highway’s Thinking About the End” from Homesick. I liked the little touch of the choir vocals in the back of the chorus in “Bad Vibrations.” “Naivety" is the third track on the album and it reminds me a bit of older punk. It’s catchy and you’ll find yourself singing “Where’s my naivety!!??” while getting groceries or maybe while you're giving your dog, Fofo, a bath.
The song “Bullfight” is one of my favorites on this album. I love it when band combines distorted and clean guitars the way they did in the beginning and eventually the whole band joins in.
On the song “Turn Off The Radio” Jeremy’s vocals are higher than what I’m used to but it goes to show what he’s capable of doing as a vocalist. The harmonies are well done and I love it when he screams the lyrics behind what he’s singing too.
Heading deeper into the album “Forgive and Forget” is the slower song on this album with violin, clean guitars, and drums focused more around the tones. It builds up towards the end with powerful vocals, piano, full drums, and guitar but I don’t think this is one of their stronger slow songs. Despite not being the strongest, it’s still a good song. Overall, in my opinion, this whole album was good, I enjoyed it, and it’s worth getting.