It's news -- sort of -- to the members of Florida's heavy-hitting A Day To Remember that this year marks the quintet's 10th anniversary.
"I'd say it feels like five years, not 10. Definitely not 10," says frontman Jeremy McKinnon. "With the amount of stuff we've done in a short period of time, it's crazy. LIfe is literally flashing by. The next year and a half of our lives is booked. It's crazy when you look at it like that.
"But it's a good thing, I think."
During its first decade ADTR has released four albums, two of which -- 2009's "Homesick" and 2010's "What Separates Me From You" -- hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. Songs such as "All I Want," "All Signs Point to Lauderdale" and "It's Complicated" have become alt.rock radio staples, and Kerrang! magazine nominated ADTR Best International Newcomer at its 2008 awards ceremony.
Meanwhile, fans are waiting for the group's fifth album, which is finished and should be out before year's end -- though McKinnon, 27, has revealed the band is in the midst of a legal battle that's been delaying its release. But he promises the set, which was co-produced by New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert, will be worth the wait.
"We were in the zone this time," McKinnon says. "It was just like this wave of inspiration. I know that sounds kind of lame and everybody says stuff like that, but it was. It was different from anything I'd experienced.
"Out of nowhere, I was writing a half a song one day, then the next day I'd write an entire song and sometimes two songs ideas the same day. These songs everybody was really excited about were literally falling out of the air and into our laps. It was a really special time." -- Gary Graff
The 89X Chill on the Hill 2013 starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5, at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. A Day to Remember, All Time Low, Pierce The Veil and the Wonder Years perform on Friday; Thirty Seconds to Mars, Billy Talent, Biffy Clyro and New Politicos play Saturday. Tickets are $45 per day or $75 for a two-day pass. Call 586-268-9700 or visit www.freedomhill.net.
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