Ocala metalcore royalty A Day To Remember have been ramping up the anticipation for their as-yet-untitled forthcoming record. The band has delved into the influences we can expect to hear in the new album, and they’re a little more yeehaw than anticipated.

In conversation with NME, frontman Jeremy McKinnon revealed that they had found inspiration within the opulent, golden music of Kacey Musgraves. 

McKinnon revealed that Musgraves track ‘Space Cowboy’ had a profound influence on the band’s comeback single ‘Degenerate.’

He added that there are “hints” of darkness “everywhere” but said as a whole, the album is pretty positive. McKinnon said the band had some unusual inspiration for the new song “Degenerates,” including country star Kacey Musgraves.

“[Kacey] has got this song called ‘Space Cowboy’. I love how you’ve seen the title of the song, you think you know what she’s talking about, then that chorus hits and it’s a completely different subject and meaning than what you thought the song was going to be about,” he explained.

“I thought that was just the coolest thing, and that really inspired me lyrically to ask, ‘How can I take this subject and just flip it on its head?’ If you really listen to the lyrics in ‘Degenerates’, it completely flips the meaning of the song.

“It’s about what other people assume by looking at someone. That’s where the line ‘dividing all the books by their covers‘ comes from. It’s about judging others by the way they look, rather than on their merits.”

McKinnon continued to detail that the forthcoming record is “The happiest record that we’ve written in a minute – or ever.”

“There are songs here and there that have those topics, those moods, but for the most part, it’s pretty positive.”

A Day To Remember will be hitting Australian shores later this year for the second instalment of Good Things Festival. Check out the lineup and ticketing details below.

Watch: A Day To Remember – ‘Degenerates’

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Good Things 2019 Lineup

Parkway Drive
A Day To Remember
Violent Soho
Simple Plan
Bad Religion
Trivium
Skegss
Simple Creatures
Karnivool
The Veronicas
Coheed And Cambria
Falling In Reverse
Enter Shikari
Dance Gavin Dance
Reel Big Fish
Poppy
Ice Nine Kills
Thy Art Is Murder
The Damned Things
Slowly Slowly
Man With A Mission
The Bennies
Voyager
Yours Truly
Windwaker
Gravemind
The Beautiful Monument

Friday, December 6th
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, VIC (15+)

Saturday, December 7th
Centennial Park, Sydney, NSW

Sunday, December 8th
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane, QLD (15+)

Tickets on sale from 10am local time on Thursday, September 5th
Pre-sales kick off at 10am on Tuesday, September 3rd

Check out the festival website for more info