Yhdysvaltalaisen post-hardcorea soittavan A Day To Rememberin vokalisti Jeremy McKinnon on antanut hiljattain haastattelun Absolutepunk.net -sivustolle, jossa kertoo omia mietteitään yhtyeen hiljattaiseen oikeudenkäyntiin Victory Recordsia vastaan. Lue lisää nähdäksesi pätkiä kyseisestä haastattelusta.
Uuden ”Common Courtesy” albumin kappale ”The Document Speaks For Itself” on omistettu Victoryn omistajalle Tony Brummelille. Sitä Jeremy kommentoi seuraavasti:
“It’s basically me talking directly to our label owner. And really, man, I’m disappointed. Ok, we kinda knew getting in, when we signed the contract, that there was the possibility that this was going to happen one day, if we ever did sell a large amount of records. Because, well, that’s just what has happened to people who signed to Victory.
But, at the same time (when they signed that deal), nobody cared. We were going through a hard time, we lost a drummer, we lost one of our main songwriters, Tom Denney, after he quit. And we were going to break up and go back to school and probably head down a different path in life.
And then Victory Records comes in and they were the only label that’s interested, and were actually going to fund us in a way that we thought was good enough. And we realized that if we were going to put a huge portion of our lives into something, we at least wanted the opportunity to sound how we wanted it to sound.
And they were the only label that was going to do that, and when you look at it like that I’ll always be grateful to them for giving us that opportunity. But, at the same time … what you don’t see … from being in the band vs on the outside … is that there is just no possible way of working with him.
He’s just …
I don’t even know how to put it ..
It’s a terrible thing. We have been trying to settle with this guy, literally, the entire time. We didn’t want this to happen. We don’t want to be in a huge legal case. We don’t want to have to pay lawyers this outrageous amount of money to do this. But there are times where I just straight up lose it because he can be so weird, and just lying, and it’s obvious that he’s making jokes about it … and it’s like, “come on man, let’s just go into another room.”
And we did once. Just me, Josh, and him. And we start talking to him and we’re like, “you know what? If you would just do what you said you would do. Then this wouldn’t happen. If you just treat us the way you said you were going to in the first place, we would have stayed with you for our entire careers.” And I told him that to his face. And look, if you look at what we’ve done over our career as a band, we are fiercely loyal band when it comes to the people that have helped us, you know?
Our photographer, we work only with him when we have a choice. Andrew Wade has worked on all of our albums now. Chad Gilbert is part of our team. So is Tom, he’s gonna be part of every album we do – that’s just who we are and how we go about doing what I want us to do – which is make a better more updated version of us. And, we would have loved to just be with them [Victory Records] the whole time, but you just … you can’t work with the guy. He’s a person that cannot be understood even if you try. And for years, he’s surprised us every single day.”
Puhuttaessa alkuperäisestä sopimuksesta Victoryn kanssa:
“…It’s just all over the place. I mean I’m sure other labels have done that too. But it’s not just that, he [Brummel] uses this contract as leverage. And that’s his whole game, the whole thing is that he makes people sign these “deal memos” and the reason there aren’t any long form contracts is because it’s his way of pretty much being able to say, “I can do whatever I want and it’s encompassed in this legal document” … and you’re scared. And we were scared. For years.
The time when we signed to the label, Atreyu was big, Hawthorne Heights was big, you heard about the Thursday thing, you heard about the Taking Back Sunday thing, but you didn’t really know what happened, right? You mean, that was before Hawthorne got upset with them.
So, when we signed, and this is what’s crazy – because live albums and any reproductions like that – were always supposed to count. And we honestly believed that, for example, when we signed to the label, literally when we were signing, Atreyu put out a greatest hits album — and it counted toward their contract. And me being the young kid, I took it as that — those definitely count. There’s a band, that’s huge right now, they’re on this label, this counts toward our contract.
And that’s legitimately what we thought. And, well, that’s his whole game. You put yourselves in this position and it’s really written that he can kind of just say whatever he wants and we had to wait this long until we finally had the means to stand up for ourselves.
Kysyttäessä mieheltä voisiko hän vielä joskus tehdä yhteistyötä Victoryn kanssa:
“I mean if we’re forced to by the court … but, I know what you mean and I’ll answer it: and the answer is no. But, really, we’re not even worried about that right now. The only thing he was trying to do with this is try and ruin our careers. He would always say that over the years when he would call us up, and we didn’t want to do something … for instance … he made us put out “Old Record.” And, what he would do is say, “I’m going to give you guys this much money to do this,” and then we’d come back with, “well, we don’t really want to do that because we would have like two days at home to re-record this entire album” — and he told us, “you have to do this or I will end your career.”
And us, being young kids, touring in a van with no money, we absolutely were terrified. And what would you do? I mean we can’t do anything about this right now. And we were forced to go into the studio, in two days, and record our entire first album again. And we butchered it. Because it was two days. And it’s something I absolutely am ashamed that we put out.
And see, that’s where it gets crazy — he tries to control people. And, well, I won’t name the band name, but there was a band that we have been on tour with multiple times, that was an older Victory band, and they were putting out their last album … and, well, we were told that he kind of shelved it. As a way of forcing them to re-sign with Victory. And they said, “we’re not gonna do that,” so he did what he did and it definitely affected them.
So, the answer is if the court forces us to – yeah, we will – but eventually he will kill the career of our band. I mean that’s just the position we’re in. It was either let the guy do it, and he’s probably going to do it anyway, or do we try and stand up for ourselves? And hopefully the rest of the world will see what’s happening and not let this guy do this to people anymore.”