After the release of their sixth studio album, Future Hearts, All Time Low have been busy touring the world performing to their thousands of fans.
Their European leg of this epic album campaign is ending with the legendary Reading and Leeds festival.
We caught up with frontman, Alex Gaskarth and guitarist Jack Barakat, before their set to chat everything from Miley Cyrus hosting the VMAs, to their exciting UK arena tour announcement.
author: MTV UK
I saw you back in 2008 with Cobra Starship, on your co-headline UK tour, what’s changed since then?
Jack Barakat: “Not much! We’re all a little bit hairier.”
Alex Gaskarth: “Yeah I have slightly more chest hair now. I mean, so many things have changed, we’ve grown up a lot, we were young then, we were kids, so it’s pretty wild to know that we’re still a band.”
Jack: “That tour was really special to us because it was our first time seeing an All Time Low crowd in the UK, so I think that was very special because we knew this was going to become one of our favourite places to tour. It kind of jump-started our career here and made us want to come back more.”
Alex: “It was a very early indicator for us that there were people getting really passionate about our band here.”
What’s different about the UK?
A: “I think that the UK has just always embraced rock music, there’s an undying love for rock and roll here. For a band that walks that line it’s made things much better for us.”
What’s it like to be sharing the Reading Main Stage with the likes of Panic! At The Disco? Those guys have been around a similar time to you and on the same circuit…
A: “It’s pretty rad, I love those guys, we’ve grown up next to them and we’ve both been at it for a really long time.”
J: “I admire Brendon, I think he’s a great performer.”
A: “It’s one of the things I always love about Reading, you can pretty much guarantee that there’s gonna be some peers and friends on the bill with you so it’s always fun.”
You’ve just announced a UK arena tour, tell me a bit more about that, are you excited to be coming back next year?
J: “Of course! It’s our first headlining arena tour in the world, it’s awesome that we’re getting to do it in the UK.”
You’re playing the O2 Arena, which is huge!
A: “I know, it’s insane, it really is.”
J: “It’s intimidating!”
A: “We kept getting asked to come back and bring the Future Hearts tour to the UK so this is our best way of doing that and hitting as many people as we can.”
We’re coming to the end of festival season, has this year been a busy one?
A: “Oh my gosh, yeah! This year has been insane, it’s been non-stop since the record came out we’ve been touring, touring, touring. It’s a great way to spend your summer, the festival circuit is so much fun, we’re sort of wrapping it up in Europe with Reading and Leeds, this is a great way to end it.”
What can we expect from your set here at Reading this year?
A: “A dance party!”
J: “I think the best part about these shows is that you never know what’s going to happen. They’re very spontaneous which usually makes for an interesting show.”
We’ve got the VMAs coming up on Sunday (August 31), what do you think about Miley Cyrus hosting them?
J: “Big Miley fans.”
A: “I love Miley, I think she’s gonna kill it. She’s so, so charismatic and she’s hilarious so I think she’s perfect for it.”
J: “I think she’s punk-rock as f**k too! She just does whatever she wants.”
I know you’ve been non-stop since the album came out, but when can we expect some new music?
A: “I don’t know, that’s such a good question. We are still so heavily into Future Hearts right now that it’s hard to think about what’s gonna come next. Who knows! Maybe next year, I don’t know, we’ll have to see.
Obviously you’re absolutely huge now, where do you envisage yourselves five years down the line?
A: “Hopefully still doing this! It’s not something we want to stop doing. We want to keep growing it, we wanna keep playing for as many people as we possibly can.”
J: “Yeah, five years ago we were playing like 1st or 2nd on the Main Stage at Reading, and we’ve all said we just wanna be deeper in the line up. We wanna headline Reading one day. We started in a tent so it’s cooler to be here on the Main Stage.”
Finally, if you had to share a tent with two people from the line-up who would it be and why?
J: “Brendon [Urie, Panic! At The Disco] is a good cuddler.”
A: “And he’s got some good ghost stories.”
J: “And Vic Fuentes from Pierce The Veil, he’s a gentle man. Vic and Brendon, no girls apparently! It’s a boy’s club.