Lead vocalist/bassist Mark Faroudi of Orlando’s 408 works very closely with A Day To Remember’s producer/svengali Andrew Wade, so it was no trouble getting him to talk about the band’s top ten songs. All I want is for you to read below:
“A Shot In The Dark”
SW: Going old school here! Here’s to the past!
MF: Indeed. This song was super inspirational to me during my early band and high school years.
SW: The band was about to truly blow up one album later.
MF: I blasted the hell out of this song when it first came out and I still do.
SW: The album is a fan favorite. This song is a deep cut that KILLS.
MF: It truly cut above the rest at the time and I love how collaborative these songs are.
“Start the Shooting”
SW: An album to remember, for sure!
MF: This was another big one for me back in the day.
SW: I don’t think a band could get away with a single called “Start the Shooting” in 2020 and beyond.
MF: Things change but this song is forever inspirational.
SW: And those gang vocals!
MF: ADTR is a gang and the multiple vocals in the chorus blend together for one of the best mixed pieces in a song.
“Have Faith in Me”
SW: And now we’re onto the next record and my favorite song from it!
MF: This song means a lot to me.
SW: I am not going to make the obvious dad joke.
MF: Haha. I have many years experience singing this song in my car in a very upset fashion.
SW: I’m sorry. Have faith in your vocals.
MF: They just wanna see me fall!
“If it Means a Lot to You”
SW: This track is the opposite of a fall. It’s STILL huge.
MF: And let’s not forget the build up towards the end…
SW: Very powerful. Like Sierra’s vocals. DAMN.
MF: Such an amazing amazing song.
SW: La, la, la.
MF: LA LA LA!
“Welcome to the Family”
SW: Ok. We can stop singing now.
SW: Fair response. (pauses) Welcome to the family.
MF: Thank you! This song has my favorite ADTR chorus.
SW: The band is so good that their verses sound like choruses.
MF: Well said. For some reason, the overall mood and execution of the song hits even harder eleven years later.
“Holdin’ It Down for the Underground”
SW: I still can’t believe that Homesick is over a decade old.
MF: And the band STILL holds it down!
SW: I like that you made the dad joke before me.
MF: Yup. Amazing band, amazing song.
SW: The band’s sterling catalog tells me on a daily basis that “we’ll be okay.”
MF: Let’s go back, let’s go back!
“Better Off This Way”
SW: Back to the future? This track is from the record that took Homesick’s huge reach and expanded it tenfold!
MF: Holy cow, I listened to this song so much when it first came out.
SW: Were you better off that way?
MF: YES! This song and the band’s catalog truly helped me after a big break up.
SW: Well, you’re certainly better off NOW!
MF: I wondered if you noticed!
“All Signs Point to Lauderdale”
SW: I noticed all the signs.
MF: 2010 was an upsetting year so these ten tracks helped me cope.
SW: I think that this song may contain the most universal set of lyrics in the band’s catalog.
MF: Another banger for sure.
SW: And we have two more to discuss…
MF: ‘Cause our time’s worth something bigger than you and me.
“City of Ocala”
SW: You’re quite polite. Would you say that you showcase (wait for it, wait for it) common courtesy?
MF: (pauses) Fuck ya!
SW: This album is underrated. The production is MASSIVE.
MF: And Jeremy was in peak form throughout.
SW: Lyrically AND musically.
MF: It’s true. I love the meaning of the song as well.
“I’m Already Gone”
SW: And now we’re done. Before we’re already gone, do you have any parting words?
MF: Any one of these songs could have been #1 here, but no other song in the band’s catalog hits me as hard. The ballady folk vibe only enhances its strength.
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