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Pop-punk band A Day to Remember has memorable debutNEW YORK (Billboard) - Pop-punk band A Day to Remember started in 2003, playing small shows in its hometown of Ocala, Fla. Now all that groundwork - plus the audience-building foundation provided by three album releases - is paying off.

The band's fourth studio set, "What Separates Me From You" debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, selling 58,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The debut marks a personal best for the band, whose third album, 2009's "Homesick," bowed at No. 21 on first-week sales of 22,000.

To date, "What Separates Me From You" has sold 80,000, according to SoundScan.

Propelling awareness of the new album is the high-powered single "All I Want," which is No. 19 on Billboard's Rock Songs chart.

"All I Want"-about living life for yourself and being happy-is a combination of energetic rock hooks with a pop-styled chorus that's as catchy as it is aggressive. The band's distinctive mix of hardcore and pop-punk is one of the keys to its success. "We're not just one band," songwriter/lead singer Jeremy McKinnon said. "We're four different bands in one, drawing from these different genres of music. There's a bunch of people who don't typically like one side of our music. But we kind of bridge the gaps and bring some of those people over to the dark side."

Contributing to the band's edgy yet accessible sound is New Found Glory lead guitarist Chad Gilbert, who produced "What Separates Me From You" as well as "Homesick."

"It's not that simple finding a producer we like," McKinnon said. "He has to understand all aspects of our music: half of that is metal band; the other half is pop band. Each is as important as the other. And Chad understands all those aspects."

McKinnon also cited growing support from radio. One of the first stations to play "All I Want" was KROQ Los Angeles.

Within 24 hours of the song being posted on the station's website, the track registered more than 61,000 hits.

"It's awesome that radio stations are starting to play us," McKinnon added. "Hopefully, that opens up the door for other bands like us."

To build further awareness of "What Separates Me From You," the band is embarking on an international tour on December 15 and will be on the road through February.

Starting in Australia, the trek will include stops in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

 
(UK)

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Rather than relying on an old standard track as an opener as so many bands do, last night at Orlando’s House of Blues Interpol started with a track from their forthcoming album aptly titled Interpol. This is easily one of the rawest, most authentic bands I’ve seen in longer than I can remember.

This band deftly ripped through nearly an hour and half of both old favorite tracks like “Rest My Chemistry”, “Evil”, “Obstacle 1”, “Narc”, “ PDA”,  “Wrecking Ball” and “The Heinrich Maneuver” while throwing in a balanced mix of forthcoming tracks, most notably “Barricade” and “Lights”.

In addition to an air-tight show, their encore consisted of four tracks including NYC” and “Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down” and ended with “Slow Hands”, which was anything but slow.  This show was brass knuckles without the anger:  strong, fervent, and a complete blow to the senses.

Fronted by the almost otherworldly deep-throated crooning of skinny, blonde Paul Banks and energized by the English import Daniel Kessler and drummer Sam Fogarino, Interpol didn't let up. Supported by newcomers Dave Pajo and Brandon Curtis, they were straightforward, professional, and didn’t spend time jerking around with lame introductions of band members or blowing smoke up the audience’s ass about how they’re the best audience ever

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