Get Up On This with Jack
Jack was recently a guest in the 255th episode of Jensen Karp's podcast Get Up On This. You can listen to the full audio below.
Jack Barakat, lead guitarist of the band All Time Low joins Jensen and Matty to talk about donuts, Mac Miller’s “Dang!” feat. Anderson .Paak, the Cat-Pack, Don’t Think Twice, Marley documentary, how we were late on The Joe Schmo Show, and many other things you should know about.
This episode is sponsored by Casper Mattresses.
Posted by Moe on 02 Aug 2016
All Time Low recently played Rapidfire Questions with Alternative Press, which consists in answering questions really fast. You can watch the video below.
Posted by Moe on 01 Aug 2016
Photo gallery: New layout
It has been a while since we last changed the layout of our photo gallery. If you haven't already, you can now check out the new design made with pictures from the Alternative Press Music Awards on www.gallery.oh-calamity.net and let us know what you think about it on Twitter!
It was, as usual, made by myself. I will try to make a few changed in the gallery itself within the next few weeks.
Posted by Moe on 31 Jul 2016
APMAs: Dream tour lineup and Album of the year
When All Time Low was at the Alternative Press Music Awards, the website Fuse interviewed them to ask them about their dream tour lineup and their favourite album that came out in 2016. You can watch the videos below.
Posted by Moe on 30 Jul 2016
Straight To DVD II: Something's Gotta Give
All Time Low have just released a sneak peek for their upcoming live DVD at Wembley, Straight To DVD II: Past, Present, And Future Hearts. You can watch the band perform the song Something's Gotta Give below.
Posted by Moe on 26 Jul 2016
APMAs performance and pictures
At the Alternative Press Music Awards, Alex covered a bit of Blink-182's The Rock Show with the band Neck Deep. You can watch the performance below. Alex appears at 8:15.
A few new pictures taken at the event were posted in our gallery.
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Posted by Moe on 21 Jul 2016
APMAs: DVD preview and more pictures
During the Alternative Press Music Awards ceremony, a sneak peek of All Time Low's upcoming DVD Straight To DVD II: Past, Present, and Future Hearts was shown to the audience. If you missed the show, you can watch it again below.
Many new pictures from the APMAs were posted in our gallery. Check them out!
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Posted by Moe on 20 Jul 2016
APMAs: Red carpet and pictures
Last night, Jack and Alex hosted the 3rd Alternative Press Music Awards in the state of Ohio. All Time Low and Alex were nominated in a few categories but did not win any award for the first time.
Watch a video of the band on the red carpet from 38:00 below.
The first pictures from the ceremony were posted in our gallery. Check them out!
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Posted by Moe on 19 Jul 2016
Columbus Underground interview with Jack
Jack recently gave an interview to Columbus Underground to talk about the upcoming Alternative Press Music Awards and the band's future album. Read the article below and don't forget to watch the ceremony tonight on Amazon.
Still riding the momentum of their most recent album Future Hearts and its third single “Missing You”, Baltimore-based pop punk outfit All Time Low has been spending some quality time in Columbus as of late. Last weekend, they performed a headlining set at PromoWestFest. This week, the band’s principal guitarists and vocalists Jack Barakat and Alex Gaskarth will serve as hosts of the 2016 Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards fueled by Monster Energy. The ceremony will take place live Monday night at the Schottenstein Center (tickets are available for public purchase), with a multi-platform live stream broadcast available to fans worldwide.
Last year, the band (Barakat, Gaskarth, along with bassist and backing vocalist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson) were big APMA winners, walking away with four honors in total. But for Jack Barakat, being recognized by the AP is more than just about winning awards – it’s an important publication that has given his band – and many others before it – the necessary exposure and credibility to be viable commercially and artistically. “You know man, AP has been so good to us – and it’s pretty crazy thinking…I remember being back in high school in ninth and tenth grade and subscribing to the Alternative Press, reading all of the articles and being jealous of all the bands – I never thought we’d become one of the bands that have actually been regulars on the cover of AP. It was kind of instrumental in taking our band from small club venues into playing other bigger clubs, outdoor amphitheaters – whatever it was. It kind of legitimized our band a little bit and made us real – like, a real thing.”
After the APMAs conclude, All Time Low will embark on a summer tour alongside Blink 182 – a musical force that has been deeply influential in the band’s growth and approach to the craft. “It’s actually crazy – we grew up on Blink 182; they’re the reason we’re a band today,” explains Barakat. “We got to tour with them a couple of years back in Europe – we did two or three months with them (there). We get a lot of our live show banter based off what Tom and Mark had going on. So, I remember thinking when we toured with them a couple of years back ‘how are we going to put on our normal show without ripping Blink off because they’re playing right after us?’ So we kind of eased into it and it helped us become our own thing and separate ourselves from them on that tour. We’ve kept a close relationship with Mark Hoppus over the years. It’s kind of weird – he invites over for dinner at his house…it’s kind of weird having your idol text you and be like ‘hey, come over for dinner!’…We asked him to sing on our last album and he obliged. So when it came around for them to have their comeback this year with Matt Skiba, he personally texted us actually – a group chat with the whole band – and said ‘hey, I know you guys aren’t touring anymore this year, but we’d really like you to be a part of this tour.’ To be honest…obviously we were excited that they asked us, but we kind of wanted to focus on making a new album. It got to a point when we had a band conversation and said ‘we can’t turn this down.We should just do this.’ It’s weird to say that we had to have that conversation, but at this point we wanted to focus more on our careers rather than something that was a short-term thing.”
That next album in the queue to which Barakat refers has continued to make swift progress despite their unexpected summer plans. “Alex is a writing maniac. As soon as we get off the road, he takes a week off and he’s kind of itching to get back to writing. He did this a few months ago after we finished touring for Future Hearts – he started writing and he just killed it. So we feel strong enough to go in and start tracking some of those songs at this point. It’s pretty awesome how motivated and creative Alex is. It kind of makes our jobs easier, I’d say, to prepare for a new album already.”
Barakat has also been pursuing some entrepreneurial opportunities outside the band. “I opened a rock bar in Baltimore a couple of years ago. It was such a fun project and…it’s kind of a weird thing to go back to your parents and tell them that ‘this was the side business I’ve decided to take on.’ Alex wants to write for other artists; Rian wants to become a producer. And I want to open bars,” he jokes. “But it’s a really fun thing to do, in my opinion, and it’s just kind of like another way to be creative – and be creative in a different way with more of an artistic vibe in creating a space for rock and roll to live outside of shows. That’s kind of what we’re doing in L.A. now, and it’s crazy to see. There are no rock bars out here, really…like, good ones. So it’s just wild to see this place come together where all these fans of music are in the same place. And it’s not a show, you know – it’s a place where everyone’s kicking it and having a good time, and it’s fun to be a part of.”
All Time Low has been performing together in some form since Barakat and Gaskarth were teenagers growing up in the general vicinity of Baltimore. I ask Barakat if their roots in that city have any kind of specific influence on their sound. “That’s a good question – I’ve never actually gotten that question before,” he pauses. “The thing about Baltimore is that it’s small town…it’s a big city, but it’s the kind of place where you’re likely to run into someone you know. It’s the kind of mentality that where you’re younger, you think ‘we want to get out of this place and see the world and find out what it has to offer.’ It motivated us early to tour and get out there and see the world. It sparked a lot of musical creativity in us. We love Baltimore – it’s a good place to go back to you when you’ve been on the road for two years at a time. But it definitely sparked a curiosity in us to see bigger things.”
While they continue to discover the very big world around them as their success proliferates, Barakat insists that the band’s stable foundation plays a major role in their ability to keep moving forward. “At this point, from at least touring the US, we’ve kind of created a touring camp almost,” he shares. “We bring our own road case and it has a TV, video games, and movies, a couple of CDs. We have tents and so we barbecue every day – and we kind of just…it’s one thing that kind of just keeps you sane on the road. Some kind of consistency – just having all your friends around. It doesn’t give you a chance to be lonely on the road when you’re surrounded by such good people. We take pride in who we select for our crew – we don’t just choose people who are good at their jobs, but we actually choose people we like to be around that are going to keep us in good spirits. We don’t want any, like, jaded old rock people – just people who have a positive mentality. It really, really makes a big difference – surrounding yourself with happy people.”
Surrounding yourself with good music that grounds you is also an important part of the equation – even if your chosen playlist is different from the genre within which your band typically plays. “Yeah, I think most people who’d get to know All Time Low would be really surprised to know what we listen to,” Barakat muses. “You know, we’ve been playing pop and punk rock our entire lives, but to be honest we don’t listen to much pop punk at this point. Two of my favorite artists in the world are Lana Del Rey and John Mayer. John Mayer is probably my favorite artists. We just live such crazy lives with the chaos and the crowds – I like the kind of music that brings me down and kind of clears my mind from all of it and relaxes me. That’s what I find in (him) and Lana.”
Posted by Moe on 18 Jul 2016
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