It may have only been a few months since A Day To Remember last visited UK shores – on support duty with Bring Me The Horizon, but there’s clearly a lot of love for the American ‘Pop – Mosh’ quintet in Manchester tonight, with the Academy already rammed and sweaty upon my arrival.
Supporting, Brighton born Architects, delivered the kind of set that makes up for all the generic support slots you see over the years. Confident, and with superb stage presence, the band showcased their blend of progressive metalcore in impressive fashion; focusing mainly on latest release ‘Hollow Crown’. Expect big things from their own headline tour already mapped for October.
Whilst many of tonight’s crowd will still be a little sore from the disappointment of A Day To Remember pulling out of the 2009 Reading and Leeds festivals, by the end of their 50 minute outing tonight, any harboured negativity is all but forgotten. Opening with material from sophomore album ‘For Those Who Have Heart’ was an unexpected treat, before attention inevitably shifted towards 2009 effort ‘Homesick’; with ‘My Life For Hire’, ‘Have Faith In Me’ and ‘I’m Made Of Wax Larry, What Are You Made Of?’ all with well-received outings, as well as the band’s unusual cover of The Fray’s ‘Cable Car (Over My Head)’.
There was also time to squeeze in a few oldies, including ‘Heartless’ and ‘You Should Have Killed Me When You Had The Chance’ from their 2005 debut ‘And Their Name Was Treason’, as well as for frontman Jeremy McKinnon to thank Manchester for being the first place outside of their native states to embrace them. Rounding the night off with an encore of ‘The Downfall Of Us All’ and ‘The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle’, this headline tour may be have been long overdue, but it was well worth the wait.