Of all the performances at Monday’s AP Music Awards, All Time Low definitely had the most scene-packed set. The Baltimore band performed a medley of songs including their own hit “Dear Maria, Count Me In”; Yellowcard’s “Lights And Sounds” with Ryan Key and Sean Mackin; and New Found Glory’s “All Downhill From Here” with New Found Glory’s Jordan Pundik and Chad Gilbert. They closed it with their Song Of The Year track, “A Love Like War,” featuring Pierce The Veil’s Vic Fuentes. The band took home two Skullys that night for Song Of The Year and the Artist Philanthropic Award. We caught up with frontman Alex Gaskarth to discuss the band’s performance and how they’ll top it at next year’s APMAs.

author: AP Magazine


What was your favorite part of the night?
I have to go with our performance; that was such a blast. Fifteen-year-old me was freaking out inside. I think if anyone had told me in high school that one day I’d be playing at an award show with Yellowcard and New Found Glory, I don’t think I would have believed that.

Did you guys get a chance to rehearse it all together beforehand?
We didn’t rehearse all together until that morning. I had come up with a loose plan of what we were going to do, and on Sunday, the four of us went over it ourselves, just to make sure we had it down and it was sounding right. Then Monday morning the other guys from the bands came in, and we ran through it all together. It definitely felt like the chemistry was there right away.

Was there a different vibe playing at the APMAs compared to playing a regular show?
Yeah, just the excitement. There was a lot of hype; there was a lot of build-up. It was kind of nerve-racking. There were a lot of great performers and a lot of legendary artists there. You don’t want to go up and blow it in front of Joan Jett. [Laughs.] I think we really brought the energy; I think that was really the key of our performance: going out there and showing everybody what bands like ours, Yellowcard, New Found  Glory and Pierce The Veil are all about.

There were a lot of big names there Monday. Was there anyone you were starstruck by?
It’s pretty amazing to see people like Joan Jett and Billy Corgan who are massively influential in music. It was very cool to see them hanging out. I think it’s really cool for those [different] generations of bands to come together like that. It’s rare that that sort of thing happens.

Were you surprised that nine months in, people are still reacting so positively to “Love Like War?”
Yeah, I mean, that song has been really special to us. It gave our record a fresh set of legs to keep running. The song itself has done really good things for us over a long period of time. In this day and age, where it feels like songs are just a flash in the pan because there’s such an overload of information in music all the time, it’s cool when you find one that has longevity like that.

How do you guys top your APMAs performance?
That’s a tough one. I feel like we’re gonna need a year to come up with it. Maybe we get a floating stage, and we come in on a speedboat performing. That’s what you guys need to do next year: You need to float the stage in the harbor. If you figure out a way to float it, and then every time someone gets an award, they have to jump in the water.

I’ll submit that to our marketing team, and I’ll let you know.
[Laughs.] You gotta let me plan this thing. It’s gonna be great.

source: https://www.altpress.com/features/all_time_low_apmas_alex_gaskarth_apmas_interview/

Pop-punkers All Time Low recently completed a sell-out stint of gigs around the UK; fans over here can’t get enough of them and every time they play, the stage is littered with bras! Lead singer Alex Gasgarth took time out from the tour to tell MTV what life is really like on the road with All Time Low; revealing who has the messiest hotel room, what TV shows they are digging right now and what happens when they search their own names on Tumblr…

author: MTV UK


MTV: Hey Alex, please tell us: who out of All Time Low is worst at waking up in the morning?

Alex Gasgarth: Probably me. I’m a fairly big procrastinator so I can be fairly difficult to wake up. It’s been me and Zach. He and I are pretty deep sleepers.

MTV: If you’ve had a heavy night partying on tour, what is your breakfast of choice? 

Alex: I don’t advise this everyday, but a greasy heavy breakfast is the best idea after a heavy night. It sounds like the worst idea but actually, it’s the best. On this tour we have one of our favourite catering guys catering the tour. If you get up early he will cook up the a full English breakfast and it is everything you need to make yourself feel better and worse at the same time.

MTV: Although you were born in the UK, you haven’t lived here in a while. What’s the most touristy thing you have done while you’ve been over here?

Alex: Last time we were here as a band, we took a tour of Parliament and got to visit Number 10 Downing Street, we saw the Prime Minister’s place. I don’t think I’m supposed to say this, but we were allowed on the roof of Parliament and saw Big Ben in action. That was pretty epic. Very cool.

MTV: So dish the dirt; when you are staying in hotels, who has the messiest room?

Alex: To be honest, were are a pretty frugal band and try not to waste money so we usually stay on the tour bus but when we stay in a city for a few days we check into a hotel. Sometimes we even share rooms. The room you don’t want to go in, that always looks like a boom has gone off in it, is either Zack or Jack’s. They settle into a room and unpack their bags all over the place so it always looks like a war zone.

MTV: What’s the best thing you have ever ‘borrowed’ from a hotel on your travels?

Alex: We had this weird thing for a while which I feel really bad admitting now. We started for some random reason unscrewing and stealing the tops of beer taps as a trophy. Because you really have to earn that. It’s not like grabbing something someone’s not going to notice, like a napkin. This is more of a challenge where if you have to get the tap completely unscrewed without being caught in the act, pocketing it and getting out of there without anyone noticing. That’s an accomplishment. It’s reminiscent of a climatic scene from Indiana Jones.

MTV: So what do All Time Low get up to when you are in a city waiting to play a show?

Alex: It depends on the day and what our schedule looks like. When we’re not scheduled for press or do meet or greets then we usually just explore and aimlessly wander around. Most of the time in major cities we’ll find the city centre, walk around and go shopping or grab some food. Some of the guys in the band and crew are very fond of good food and eating out.

MTV: Are you into any TV shows at the moment?

Alex: We watch a lot of television and movies on the bus. Everyone’s obsessed with True Detective. We’re all in different parts of the show, so as much as we want to talk about it, we can’t, in case we ruin it for someone else! Lots of spoiler drama on the bus. A lot of us were doing Breaking Bad and House of Cards before that.  We have a strange obsession with Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. We’ve watched it probably over a 100 times. It’s so bad it’s good; it’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen. It’s great but in the worst way.

MTV: Do you ever look yourself up on Tumblr? ATL are pretty huge on there.

Alex: I’m very careful with stuff like that. I’ve done it before, because everyone is guilty of being curious and seeing what’s out there. I like to do it after we’ve started a tour, to see what people’s reactions are to the new set. So I do it to kind of spy and see what’s going on with our fanbase! But I can never dig too deep on Tumblr because the second you do that, you come across something you just don’t want to see. Sometimes I go in with a little bit of interest but I have to close the page before it gets to weird.

MTV: So we know that Jack Bakarat gets lots of girls underwear thrown at him on stage…

Alex: Woah, I would like to argue that. We ALL get underwear thrown at us. But Jack just hoards it. He makes a point of making himself look cooler and insists that it gets put on his mic-stand. They are not all being thrown at him. The amount of bras I have taken to the face that end up getting claimed by him; it’s not fair. I’m putting my foot down.

MTV: Well, Jack does like to mess around on stage, so perhaps he has more time to collect the bras.

Alex: Jack is a quarter guitar player, three quarters hype-man/village idiot in All Time Low. He’s the Flava Flav of this band.

MTV: After you’ve played a show, what’s the one song that gets you in a party mood for a night out?

Alex: Our musical rotation changes so frequently. We were really into the latest Paramore record; ‘Ain’t It Fun’ is such a jam and gets us going. Lately it’s been much heavier stuff. I’ve been really into the new Letlive record as well. The Architects album is awesome, it’s really really good.

A Love Like War Tour
Academy
Manchester, UK
March 14, 2014


Day two in Manchester of the All Time Low UK tour is set to commence. Now five albums and over a decade into their career, the Baltimore outfit are still a relatively young band who’ve managed to avoid multiple line-up changes and, ultimately, have seemed stable from start-to-finish. Back on our shores to give latest record ‘Don’t Panic!’ one final push before album number six becomes the focus, it’s time to see if their live show still fares up.

Openers Only Rivals (**) are fresh faces on the scene, having only their one EP ‘Details’ out about a fortnight ago, but they’re greeted to a surprisingly warm welcome from the ever growing early crowd filtering in. Despite minimal singalongs, other than a quick cover of ‘Valerie’ by The Zutons mid-set, the fans get involved where they can. The band seem a little timid, maybe due to a stage much larger than they’re used to. However, if they build on this foundation quick, they could really come into their own.

Aussie pop-punks Tonight Alive (****) are treated almost like they’re tonight’s headliners, with the likes of ‘Breaking & Entering’ and ‘The Ocean’ facing a constant barrage of screams and cheers from the sea of fans before them. Jenna McDougall walks about the stage with a somewhat gangster-esque swagger and, though to begin with the sound desk makes her vocals sound a tad shallow, the power of her voice is soon brought to full force to command the crowd for the evening’s headliners.

The heat really kicks up and the Manchester crowd enter whole new levels of wild as soon as All Time Low (****) make their appearance, whose live show is at an all time high. Indeed, the intensity of the fans’ excitement sends many begging for water or pulling themselves out from the middle of the crowd to avoid fainting. Starting off with ‘Do You Want Me (Dead?)’, the slick pop hooks with a slightly crunchy punk core brand the band provide makes their 20+ song strong set one that a fan of any era of the band’s career would enjoy.

The band rarely enter material from their album ‘Dirty Work’, a record which the band have noted on several occasions as being one they’re not too fond of. Instead, we’re treated with a dense amount of cuts from ‘Don’t Panic!’ and ‘Nothing Personal’, seeing the likes of ‘Weightless’ and the acoustic one-two of older number ‘Remembering Sunday’ and ‘Therapy’ as a nice mid-set acoustic breather before the band delve us into their sugary pop-punk again.

It’s not until closing hits ‘A Love Like War’ (where we see Jenna of Tonight Alive take guest spot duties) and ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’ where we truly see that, despite their huge teen following, All Time Low could very well hold their name in as high a standard as their older peers New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy and Blink-182.

author: Zach Redrup

source: https://www.deadpress.co.uk/live-all-time-low-academy-manchester-14032014/

 

Set list:

Do You Want Me (Dead?)
So Long Soldier
The Irony of Choking on a Lifesaver
Stella
For Baltimore
Break Your Little Heart
Lost in Stereo
Six Feet Under the Stars
Vegas
Guts
Weightless
Remembering Sunday (acoustic)
Therapy (acoustic)
Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)
Teenage Dirtbag (Wheatus cover)
Somewhere in Neverland
Time-Bomb
Backseat Serenade
Oh, Calamity!
The Reckless and the Brave
A Love Like War
Dear Maria, Count Me In

 

After the disappointment of All Time Low’s major label debut Dirty Work in which producers and label executives had far to much influence on their work they needed to create an album that would pull them back from the brink and regain them the credibility they had lost and guess what, they did. Don’t Panic was recorded when All Time Low wasn’t signed to any label, funded by themselves and recorded with Alex Gaskarth acting as executive producer allowed All Time Low return to their old pop-punk sound whilst a few guest writers and featured artists have allowed Gaskarths writing abilities to shine and develop as well as help the quartet to produce some songs that are worthy to live up to the All Time Low name they had established with their Put Up Or Shut Up EP, So Wrong It’s Right and Nothing Personal albums which displayed them at their strongest.

Opening track the Reckless And The Brave is obviously a track written by Alex about the bands time spent on major label Interscope as can be heard in the lyric “Looking back at a life on the other side, I realize that I didn’t fit in, didn’t hate it but I didn’t quite relate it to my precious little world” The song is a refreshing way to open the album, Gaskarth sounds his best here, the synths play in with the guitar and drum work very well and displays the bands talent to create uplifting and fun sounding songs based on dire or negative situations and how much the band has matured in their years of writing music. Backseat Serenade follows on a similar note, with plenty of strong synth and guitar work as well as some strong vocals and a bouncy feel to the song though it is on about a whirlwind romance that obviously didn’t work out, its a great piece of modern pop-punk that fits in with the best songs the band have written and will be a favorite of both fans of the band and people who have never heard of them before. If These Sheets Were The States and Somewhere In Neverland both follow with similar lyrical themes though this time about the Gaskarth current relationship with his girlfriend and how often touring separates them and his desire to be with her even though he can’t be and is encapsulated in the lyric “If these sheets were the states then you were miles away, I’d fold them end over end to bring you closer to me” though is a sickly sweet lyric will be one that people will easily connect themselves too. Somewhere In Neverland is one of the strongest songs on the album is a fantastic pop-punk song, the drums are strong and fast paced as is the guitar work and is very catchy and infectious and one easily to fall in love with and for the young adult market for which their music is mainly aimed for, the lyrical content of growing up and becoming an adult will be one easily to empathize with.

The middle of the album shows no signs of slowing down as the most fast paced and shortest song on the album So Long Soldier details the life of Alex Gaskarth from being born outside of London and moving to the States to his bands first practice and becoming a fully fledged band is endearing and the most punk like and heaviest song on the album and Anthony Raneri’s backing vocals add strength to the songs harmonies. The Irony Of Choking On A Life Saver is slightly slower in pace but still not slow by All Time Low standards and is a song about betrayal, this can be seen to be the more ambiguous of songs on Don’t Panic as it could be about a friendship betrayal, betrayal by Interscope or a betrayal in a relationship. The lyric “You are the snake hiding in my daffodils… but you’re always out to get” allows the listener to interpret the song the way they wish to and place their emotions and thoughts into the songs lyrics and shows how Gaskarth has developed and strengthened his song writing over the years. To Live And Let Go begins with a dream like riff before crunching down into a far heavier riff and details personal emotion and confliction about being trusted to forget about a situation and once again maybe about Interscope as its put “When the last of my cities have burned, whats left is nothing, why did I waste it on you, I shouldn’t be trusted to live and let go” the album is obviously shaped by their time spent with Interscope and their subsequent decision to leave the label. Outlines maybe the strongest track on the album as it was co-written by Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy and features Jason Vena on vocals during the chorus, this is definitely a fun track that talks about their hometown of both Baltimore and their old label Hopeless records, being “new kids on an old block” this song shows the best of both Stump’s and Gaskarths writing abilities.

Thanks To You is probably one of the weaker tracks on the album because it is slightly repetitive in terms of lyrics and style but it is still a decent track to include on the album but doesn’t show the band at their best, but compared to some of the songs on Dirty Work, still streaks ahead of what they did on that album. My personal favorite track and lead single For Baltimore is a sweet little track that talks about high school love and has some of the best vocal work on the album, with strength and depth to the vocal range of Gaskarth as well as the band playing their parts well, the bass can be heard and contributes to the song well, the drums don’t drown out the guitars and the riff is catchy and drives the song forward at a break neck pace. Paint You Wings follows in a similar vain and is another fantastic pop-punk song and never outstays its welcome despite being one of the longer tracks on the album bearing in mind that no song on the album reaches the 4 minute mark though some close. This leaves us with closing track So Long And Thanks For The Booze which is a sort of fitting song to end the album with as it contains lyrics of the band starting afresh again and is definitely aimed at Interscope this time, it leaves the listener on a cliff hanger as the band are back to their old selves, where will they go next? Its a smart choice to close the album with and after Dirty Work, gives the listener reassurance that All Time Low are back to their old selves and will be the pioneers and faces of modern pop-punk once again.

author: James Rudhall

source: https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/57277/All-Time-Low-Dont-Panic/

Gaskarth’s guide to Slam Dunk success: Stay hydrated, get weird and have sex in the loo. Got it? Good.

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author: Rocksound


So Mr Gaskarth, Slam Dunk is but days away – which bands on the bill are you looking forward to seeing/hanging out with, and why?
“That’s a tough question to answer. There are so many good bands on Slam Dunk this year! When we play festivals, especially overseas, it really comes down to reuniting with friends. We spend most of our lives on the road, and the friends we make out here, like us, are doing their own thing, so it’s special when we all get to meet up at a show like this and get rowdy together. I know I’m excited to see the Four Year Strong dudes, Pierce The Veil, The Early November…there’s just so many good people on this festival!”

What are your top five tips for making the most of a festival, making sure it’s one to remember?
“Stay hydrated; it sounds lame, but no one wants to be the kid that faints at the barricade and ends up missing half the show! Make friends; One of my favorite aspects of show-going was always the sense of camaraderie between strangers. It’s a unique opportunity to surround yourself with like-minded people and create some great memories.

Get weird. Crowd surf. Head straight for the pit. Shows, especially festivals, are all about having an insane time. If you don’t head-walk at least three times you’re doing it wrong. Try to see some boobies! This may or may not apply to the girls, but I always made it a personal goal to spot at least one pair of boobs. It’s a festival, for cryin’ out loud!

This one sort of goes hand in hand with making friends, but DON’T BE A DICK! If someone falls down, pick them up. If someone gets hurt, help them out. Don’t be the asshole in the crowd starting fights and forcing bands to stop their set so that you can be dealt with. It’s the worst! Shows are all about respect. Oh, and have a beer!”

…And five things that you really, really shouldn’t do at a festival?
“Definitely don’t eat too much. Mosh-puke is the worst kind of puke. Don’t fuck with venue security. They will either kick your ass, or hand you over to the police. Instant festival buzz-kill. Don’t use porta-potties towards the end of the night. Seriously people, it’s common sense. Don’t drink too much booze. It’s one thing to have a couple drinks and enjoy yourself, but it’s a whole other thing when you’re blacked out, staggering around the festival grounds looking for your friends, your phone, your keys and your dignity.

Oh and NO SEX IN PUBLIC RESTROOMS. Gross! Ok, maybe just this once…”

What’s your favourite thing about UK festivals?
“Without a doubt, the crowds. The UK has always treated us so well, and the energy at shows across the pond, especially at festivals, is special. Next to that, and in the case of outdoor festivals, maybe the constant chance of rain. We’ve had some absolutely insane moments when, mid-way through our set, it just starts pouring down. I feel like all inhibitions go out the window and the crowd becomes a riot. So good!”

You’re headlining Slam Dunk this year, so what do you have lined up for your set? If someone’s coming to the festival and hasn’t seen you before, what can they expect?
“People can expect the same energy we always try to bring to our shows. I think we’ll be putting an emphasis on playing music from the new record, songs people haven’t heard live yet. We’ve been really stoked on the reaction to our new material, so we want to share that with the UK. Expect sweaty, filthy madness.”

What’s your personal favourite festival memory?
“We snuck into Warped Tour in 2005 when we were on our own, self-booked summer tour with a band called Hometown Anthem. We were in Florida on a day off, and basically just drove our van into Warped with all the other bands in vans. We didn’t have passes or anything, but we kinda managed to talk our way in and enjoy the day. Fall Out Boy was on main stage, and From Under The Cork Tree was blowing up. I think their set was probably the craziest set I’ve seen…ever. So nuts. Definitely inspiring.”

source: https://www.rocksound.tv/features/read/alex-all-time-low-slam-dunk-interview-2013

With catchy lyrics, energetic shows and a loyal fanbase, it comes as no surprise that All Time Low, a quartet from Maryland, have gained international success. Not so far into the past, the band released their fifth studio album, Don’t Panic, and have embarked on a nearly sold-out tour with Pierce The Vail. Vocalist and guitarist Alex Gaskarth was kind enough to have a chat with me about Don’t Panic, their current tour, and the return to Hopeless Records.

author: Roz Smith


How was it different writing and recording Don’t Panic as opposed to 2011’s Dirty Work?

The process was really different in that we self-funded the whole record—we were unsigned at the time. We chose to do it with one producer this time around. For the previous two records, Dirty Work and Nothing Personal [2009], we kinda split up the job with different producers that we wanted to work with in the past, but for scheduling or monetary reasons, we couldn’t lock them in for the whole record.

So with Don’t Panic, we felt really comfortable going with Mike Green, who we worked [with] on the record before. We just felt like it was the best way to get a solid, clear vision and a concise sound throughout the whole record. We learned a lot working with a lot of people, but I think the biggest drawback with working with a lot of people is that you end up with different signature sounds on each song, which made the record feel a little bit inconsistent. Not in a bad [way], but in a way we didn’t want to replicate for this new album. That was the biggest difference, just sitting down and doing 14 songs with one guy.

Fan funding has been a big thing lately. Did you think about that when you were looking to make Don’t Panic?

No, we didn’t want to go that route. I guess while it’s a cool idea, there’s something to me about Kickstarter that it feels a bit strange to ask the fans to fund what you’re doing. I get it, it’s a cool symbolic thing—we didn’t want to approach it that way. I guess we figured that, if we fund it ourselves, that hopefully we’ll make it back after the fact. I think we were in a position that we were fortunate enough to do that and Mike Green made a lot of exceptions by giving us a break financially by making the record first and then following it up once we found our new home with Hopeless Records. It worked out well.

How has it been to be back on Hopeless?

Hopeless Records was our first label; we spent several years with Hopeless Records before we signed to Interscope. It was coming back to familiar ground is really what it was. We signed with Hopeless because nothing has changed. Everything felt awesome and familiar and I think that was a big part of the reason why we re-signed with them. It’s great! As far as I’m concerned, it’s great to be back with a label that understands us and works well with us.

The album art for Don’t Panic is pretty interesting. How was it decided on?

We worked with a guy who we worked with previously on some artwork for tour art, and he’s an animator and illustrator from Canada. We loved the work he’s done in the past and we felt like it’d be really fun to do something graphic, and we knew that his ability would be able to stretch beyond anything we’d be able to do with photos or anything like that.

We had an “end of the world” concept in mind and [to] just take it easy, and bring it in for the end of the world was this theme that we came up with for Don’t Panic. He just killed it! He came up with all the ways the world could end happening at once. I think one of the big things is that we wanted this album artwork to be unique and we wanted it to pop and be memorable.

It definitely does stand out! After all, the end of the world is a big thing.

And the record came out right before the Dec. 21 thing happened, so we were playing into that, too.

Did you guys have an “end of the world” party?

Of course!

What is your favorite song off of Don’t Panic to perform?

Right now, it’ll have to be “Backseat Serenade.” We haven’t actually played the whole record live, so there are still some songs that I’d like to incorporate into the live set. But out of the ones we started playing recently, “Backseat Serenade,” the reaction has been amazing and we’ve had a lot of fun with that one. So I think that is my favorite right now.

Why are you holding the rest of Don’t Panic back?

No real reason other than we don’t want to swamp the set with too many new songs. We’ve been playing five new songs live and we typically play an hour and a half set. We have so many records at this point a big part of it is wanting to play enough material from the back catalogue to keep fans happy.

There are a lot of songs that people want to hear when they see us live, and it’s not all new material. We try to balance it. It was always a problem for me when I’d go see bands and they’d only play songs off the new album. We like to keep it varied.

What are your expectations for the tour?

I’m really excited. It’s going to be amazing. It’s been since this past fall that we’ve toured the States so I think it’s going to be great and full of big shows—everything is selling out! It’s a new look for us touring with a band like Pierce The Vail, I think that’s going to be really rad. Maybe the merging of two worlds? I think the fact that a band like us can tour with a post-hardcore band, that’s really rad. We’re excited to try something new and try a new lineup. And from a personal standpoint, we’re all really close with all the bands on the bill. From day one I think it’s going to be a really good time.

You’re also heading over to Europe! Are your European fans any different than your U.S. fans?

I don’t know if it’s super different. I think the biggest thing is that the rest of the world is a little less jaded on music. The United States, right now, it feels that everyone is overloaded with too much shit. I think one of the big things we experience when we go overseas is acceptance of all different styles of music, whereas over here people really limit themselves to what they listen to. They pick one or two genres to get into and they classify and identify themselves by just those scenes.

When we go to Europe, especially when we play the festivals, the people over there will embrace a band like us and then walk away and watch Macklemore, and then walk away and watch Iron Maiden. It’s kind of cool that you get these people with really eclectic tastes just coming to see music, which I always really appreciate. I think the U.S. would really benefit getting behind that mentality of listening to music for music rather than having to fit into a certain scene.

Lyrically, what do you think is the band’s strongest song in its entire collection?

That’s a tough question to answer. I think the songs that have stuck with people the most are the strongest. I think the songs define themselves at our live shows and how people react to them at shows over the years. “Dear Maria, Count Me In” went gold for us, so that’s always been a real favorite song in our catalogue. A song like “Weightless” has really come to define who the band is. If I was to introduce someone that has never heard a song by All Time Low, I think I’d chose one of those two songs to start off.

This is kind of what set the foundation for the band. A lot of our songs are really growing. Songs like “Remembering Sunday,” some of our slower stuff and even all the way to the newer stuff like “Somewhere In Neverland” has been embraced by our fanbase. It’s cool how our new record has become a real staple of this band and sort of redefined this band and who we are and what we can do.

It’s great to see the group grow!

I think it’s important to try new things, and not all of them work—and that’s part of being a band. As long as you completely alienate your fanbase, it’s good to try out different sounds and try out different twists on our genre. Otherwise, it just gets pretty stale writing the same music over and over again. It’s a big deal to step outside of what you’re comfortable in.

Other than touring, what do you guys have planned for the rest of the year?

A lot! We’re thinking of video stuff right now, so I think we’re working on a few more music video ideas. There’s always a plan on the backburner to try to follow-up our DVD [Straight To DVD, 2010]. I think it’d be really fun to make a sequel. There’s a lot more to the story of All Time Low than what we got to tell on that. That sorta told the origin and where we’re going and I think it’d be cool to show our worldwide audience and show where we’ve been and how we’ve gone around the world and all that. I think there’s another chapter to tell on the DVD side of things, so that’s probably a possibility. And after that, just unique ways to kind of get in front of our fans. So I think really unique shows and unique ideas we’re going to try out as a band.

 

All Time Low play the Best Buy Theater April 24 and 25, and The MAC At Monmouth University April 27. For more information, go to alltimelow.com.

source: https://www.theaquarian.com/2013/04/24/interview-with-all-time-low-rising-to-the-top/

The Spring Fever Tour, featuring co-headliners All Time Low and Pierce The Veil along with Mayday Parade and You Me At Six, has been shriek-inducingly anticipated from the moment of its announcement, and it’s finally here, much to the relief of fans who had been holding their breath. We caught up with ATL and PTV frontmen Alex Gaskarth and Vic Fuentes a week into the tour for this quick update.

author: Cassie Tucker, Brian Kraus


Which band were you most excited to link up with on this tour?
ALEX GASKARTH: That’s a tough question! We’re good friends with all the bands. It’s pretty exciting just to do this sort of tour with Pierce The Veil because we’ve never really done a look like that. They’re a bit heavier; they come from a slightly different scene, but doing Warped Tour a few times with them we realized that we really share a lot of fans. We just thought it was something new to try, and it offered something different to the kids, you know? Coming to pop-punk shows, coming to post-hardcore shows, or whatever it was—it was kinda like taking the best of both worlds, or at least trying to, and smashing them together.

VIC FUENTES: Yeah. We’ve never really considered ourselves a super-heavy band. We’ve kind of traveled around in different directions, so we have heavy parts, but we also have a lot of poppy parts. So yeah, it kind of just seems to work out. It’s not too far off, you know?

I can’t really even say [who I’m most excited to play with], because, like, Mayday Parade, we’ve known them the longest. They’ve been our boys since we were all way younger bands. I kind of say this onstage, too: I tell the kids how we booked the tour. It wasn’t booked with any politics involved. It was all by us—you know, by the bands—because I met Rian [Dawson], All Time Low’s drummer on Warped, and we were just talking backstage, and we were like, “It seems like we have a lot of the same fans, and I think we should maybe try to tour together,” and that’s how the tour formed. It was just from that talk, and then after that, it was just a matter of asking our best friends to see if they would do it. All the bands on the bill, they can each do their own headlining tour. They don’t have to open for us, but they did it because they’re our friends, so we’re really thankful that they’re all involved.

You’re now a week into the tour. How is it going?
GASKARTH:
It’s been amazing. It’s really cool. I think it’s definitely paying off, everybody’s going down really well. You Me At Six and Mayday as well. I feel like it’s just such a strong bill. It’s like going to a festival, there’s something for everybody. That really translates well.

FUENTES: It’s been pretty amazing so far. This tour is kind of a next-level feeling for us because we’ve never had this much production and been playing in these big of rooms and have this big of a crew. The shows have been sold out, and kids are going crazy, so it’s been great.

The only bad thing is, the first day, I blew out my voice, and I had to go to the hospital and get some medicine to help me, and that sucked but other than that, I’m getting through the shows, and it’s been really fun.


I was originally supposed to interview you that day, so I’m glad you’re okay now.
FUENTES:
Yeah, it sucked, but whatever. We’ve been on tour for a long time and haven’t had a lot of breaks, so it kind of happens.


Alex, you mentioned it was a strong bill—the shows are all selling out or close to it—so how do you tell if one city is “going off” harder than another?
GASKARTH:
You gauge that from the live environment. Once you hit the stage, you know how it’s gonna be. Like I said, so far it’s been amazing. The first two nights were nuts. Lot of crowd surfing, mosh pits, lot of rowdiness. And that’s the cool thing: There’s just a genuine excitement for the tour.

Are you planning any mischief or surprises for these shows?
GASKARTH: We don’t really plan much. Other than our set, it’s kinda all spur of the moment. So any, like, shit… Any antics that go down are always sort of like… impromptu.

We’ve already had people come up onstage and forced them to dance for the audience. It’s really just about shaming people. That’s what it’s all about.

FUENTES: As the tour goes, I think we’ll definitely start messing with each other onstage and doing some fun stuff, and there are always end-of-tour pranks that are always pretty fun.

Other than that, as far as surprises, we’ve got a lot of new production and stuff that I think is really going to… It’s something I’ve never seen any band do, and I think some of the stuff that we have going on is pretty different and fun. Just keep an eye out for it.


We dug up a fan “petition” with 3,000-plus notes on Tumblr for All Time Low to play “Remembering Sunday” and have Vic do the female vocal parts. Would you consider that?
GASKARTH:
Holy crap! I haven’t even seen that. That’s nuts. Maybe we could add that song in. Yeah, that’s crazy. It’s definitely something we’d consider. There’s a place for it in the set, so it could happen, for sure.

FUENTES: Oh, my God… Yeah, maybe. I think it would be cool to do a little collaborating onstage. Actually, I sing with Mayday Parade already on their Punk Goes Pop cover of “Somebody That I Used To Know,” and I’m all about doing stuff like that. So, you never know. Maybe somewhere during the tour, we’ll work it out.


On the topic of guests, Alex, do think you could ever convince Jason Vena of Acceptance to take the stage again?
GASKARTH:
I would love to think so. Yeah, he lives up in Seattle.


I noticed the tour isn’t hitting Seattle this time.
GASKARTH:
Yeah, it’s a bummer, but I think we’re all dying to get out there now that we’re playing “Outlines” on the bill. We’ll at least ask, you know? Why not?


What part of the set do you think fans will be buzzing/talking/tweeting about at the end of the night when they’re all sweaty and leaving the show?
GASKARTH:
We have a pretty fun intro. I think it’s going over pretty well. Our merch guy Vinnie comes out and does a little bit. It’s definitely something I’ve never seen before, so I think people will walk away from it being like “that was new!”

FUENTES: Honestly, I think there’s going to be so much to talk about when they leave the show. That’s kind of the goal of any of our shows, and it’s not just with us this time: Us and All Time Low went all-out with our shows. Since it’s a co-headline, we both wanted it to be as awesome as possible. Each of our bands have these completely different ideas, and it’s almost like all the shit doesn’t fit on the stage, because we have so much crazy stuff going on. So, when kids go home from this tour, they’re going to have a million things to talk about.

Can you give a little, cryptic teaser of something you’re bringing to the shows?
FUENTES:
[Laughs. Hesitates.] We have a bit of, like, a… It’s like a big kind of Nightmare Before Christmas-y factory deal going on, and it’s actually a working factory.


Is there anything else you want to add?
FUENTES
: Thanks to all the fans that have already sold the shows out. I’d say 90 percent of the tour is already sold out, so thanks to everybody for grabbing tickets, and we’ll see you at the shows. It’s gonna be an amazing experience. I can’t wait! 
 

Catch the bands on the Spring Fever Tour now through mid-May. Full dates and ticket information are available on our Spring Fever page. You can now download the AP official Spring Fever tour program.

source: https://www.altpress.com/features/interview_catching_spring_fever_with_alex_gaskarth_and_vic_fuentes/

Don’t Panic Tour
O2 Academy
Glasgow
February 9, 2013


If there’s a band that will always pull a huge crowd in, it’s All Time Low, with tonight being no exception. Lines of teenagers wrap around the corner of Glasgow’s O2 Academy, hoping to snake their way to the front of the crowd. The capacity of the venue is 1,300 and the show is completely sold out. This isn’t really a surprise considering the line-up.

As the venue becomes more and more packed with excited fans, openers The Summer Set (****) are the first to take to the stage, who perform an completely electric set. Brian Dales‘ vibrant personality and their catchy tunes light up the room and the view of the crowd is spectacular. There isn’t a person on the floor without a hand in the air reaching upwards or jumping. The Summer Set aren’t strangers to the UK or the fans watching them, as well as Dales‘ singing, you can clearly hear the crowd singing along.

Lower Than Atlantis (***) has a very different crowd reaction. It’s perhaps because their style of music is very different to that of the pop-punk heroes who have just been on and the ones coming up next. As they begin to play, there’s only a few fans who seem really in to their set. It’s obvious some fans haven’t even heard of them. Although the band have a lot of enthusiasm and have a tough time getting the crowd going, they power through and don’t allow the quality of their set to deteriorate at all.

When All Time Low hit the stage, the crowd lights up again. The flashing of lights is enough to get them started; shrieking, screaming and yelling could probably have been heard at the other side of Glasgow. The band open with a song off their new album, ‘Somewhere In Neverland’, and it’s exactly what the crowd have been waiting for. A huge amount of energy fills up the room as the band proceeds to play their 14-song set. Their light show is as incredible as always and their jokes are hilarious and original; the atmosphere is perfect and the crowd is completely focused on All Time Low as if nothing else matters.

It seems like the band and crowd fuel each other’s excitement as Jack Barakat, guitarist and Zack Merrick, bass jump up and down and over platforms. The band, as always, mix a range of old and new songs which are complete crowd pleasers and return to the stage after for a three song encore. They finish up with the first single from latest effort ‘Don’t Panic’, ‘The Reckless And The Brav’, ‘Nothing Personal’‘s popular ‘Weightless’ and, of course, tying it all up with ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’.

Despite the fact most of the crowd have seen the band before, All Time Low‘s set never gets boring. The night got progressively better and everyone left on a high. The only real let down of the night was Lower Than Atlantis, however, their musical style is very different to what the fans were expecting of the night. Overall, a fantastic night.

author: Caitlyn Dewar

source: https://www.deadpress.co.uk/live-all-time-low-o2-academy-glasgow-09022013/

 

Set List:

Somewhere in Neverland
Forget About It
For Baltimore
Heroes
Stella
If These Sheets Were States
Jasey Rae
Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)
Coffee Shop Soundtrack
Remembering Sunday
Therapy
Lost in Stereo
Backseat Serenade
Time-Bomb
 
Encore:
The Reckless and the Brave
Weightless
Dear Maria, Count Me In

When life gives you lemons…a pop punk band paints that shit gold.

All Time Low just released new album ‘Don’t Panic’ to critical acclaim, scored their highest ever chart position in the UK and announced a three night London residency at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire as part of their February 2013 tour. All good news, and all well deserved as the Baltimore quartet have not reached this point in their career without setbacks, disappointments and a colossal challenge or two threatening to wipe them off the face of the planet.

Somehow the band dodged a major label bullet and came back brighter, vocalist Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat tell Rock Sound how they managed the greatest escape of 2012.

author: Rocksound


All Time Low just released new album ‘Don’t Panic’ to critical acclaim, scored their highest ever chart position in the UK and announced a three night London residency at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire as part of their February 2013 tour. All good news, and all well deserved as the Baltimore quartet have not reached this point in their career without setbacks, disappointments and a colossal challenge or two threatening to wipe them off the face of the planet.

Somehow the band dodged a major label bullet and came back brighter, vocalist Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat tell Rock Sound how they managed the greatest escape of 2012.

When you realised things were not working with your major label who came closest to quitting?
Alex: “We’ve never had a break up conversation.”
Jack: “None of us want to do anything else. From four dudes in ninth grade, it was always this band, we have nothing else.”
Alex: “I was the only one that didn’t even apply to college, there was no back up plan for me. I told my parents that if the band didn’t work out I’d start community college and figure it out from there but I knew the second I applied for college was the second I take my mind off this band. I was 17.”
Jack: “Alex was an adult kid.”
Alex: “There’s always moments on tour but it never got to the point where someone was sat down and told they were about to get fired. This band could not exist without the four of us. One member of Blink can’t quit, if one of us was gone it wouldn’t be the same, playing the songs would feel like a covers band. We knew we were going to get on each other’s nerves but we are family, you don’t split the family up.”

Was it hard adjusting to life back with Hopeless Records after the brief stint on a major?
Jack: “We’d only been away from Hopeless for eighteen months.”
Alex: “It felt so natural coming back together. They built this band the way it works best, from our fanbase up, being back on the label was amazing.”

What’s the vision for All Time Low now, how do you see it going forward?
Alex: “We want to keep climbing, we’re on a slower path but it’s potentially neverending.”
Jack: “This band will be ten years old next year, and it’s been a constant slow build throughout. We’ve never seen things start to tail off or decline.”

What kept you going when things weren’t working last year?
Jack: “It would have been awful if we had not been touring all the time. We played 260 shows and toured for 300 days last year, we were smart in that regard and it insulated us from the worst of the details.”
Alex: “The two sold out shows at Brixton were monumental for us and we did our first South American tour last year.”
Jack: “In Kuala Lumpur we got Police escorts for the first time. We didn’t ask for it but they just showed up and gave us a cavalcade ride to the venue. Police motorcycles cleared the road for us, it was the quickest trip ever. Then we played to 5,000 kids in manilla, pretty eye-opening shit for us.”
Alex: “It was really clicking with us that we weren’t limited to the US and the UK. Our eyes were opened and we’ve not looked back to be honest.”

source: https://www.rocksound.tv/features/read/in-conversation-with-all-time-lows-jack-barakat-and-alex-gaskarth

When All Time Low first revealed that they were in the process of recording “Don’t Panic,” many people wondered what direction the band’s newest album would take – the top 40’s pop sound of their previous album “Dirty Work” or a return to the pop-punk roots of all their works that came before (“So Wrong, It’s Right,” “Nothing Personal”).  Where “So Wrong, It’s Right” gave the band their fan base and “Nothing Personal” launched them to a commercial label, “Dirty Work” was a disappointing debut that left both fans and critics ready to write off the band.  “Don’t Panic” became the deciding factor for the rest of All Time Low’s career, and in the opening notes of the album, it’s strikingly clear which road they took.

The album sounds a lot like what should have been the proper transition after their earlier albums.  The opening track, “The Reckless and the Brave” is most obviously a power-rock anthem for the band and its fans.  “Somewhere in Neverland” uses Peter Pan references to capture the stay-young vibe of old All Time Low right next to a big hook and catchy chorus.

Outside influences are also easy to hear without sounding disconnected to the rest of the work.  Co-written by Patrick Stump, “Outlines” sounds like the perfect mix of All Time Low and Fall Out Boy to keep fans nostalgic for both bands.  Cassadee Pope’s mellow vocals on “Backseat Serenade” fit in nicely with the song’s haunting instrumentals, and Anthony Raneri on “So Long Soldier” brings just the right amount of punk to balance out the pop and rock.

“Don’t Panic” isn’t without its missteps.  “The Irony of Choking on a Lifesaver” sounds too much like too little, almost too “I Feel Like Dancin’” to have any real substance both musically and lyrically.  The album also has a distinct lack of the slow ballads All Time Low is known to usually rock (and rock well), like “Therapy” or “Remembering Sunday.”

Still, All Time Low nailed it with “Don’t Panic,” bringing just the right amount of their old sound back without losing all of their innovation. Their next album can hopefully maintain the trend “Don’t Panic” leads the band towards.

author: Nicca Panggat

source: https://www.wrpawprint.com/arts-entertainment/2012/10/24/album-review-dont-panic-by-all-time-low/