Loud Mag interview
Before leaving Australia, Alex talked to the webzine Loud Mag to explain the concept behind Last Young Renegade and talk about the success of their Australian tour.
Read the article below.
Thanks Alex. It’s a little strange doing an interview with a band at the end of their tour instead of a few months before! How has the tour been?
It’s been incredible, it really has. It’s the first time we’ve come over and headlined for quite a few years. The last few times we’ve come over it’s been with Soundwave or something like that, so this is the first time it’s been our show. We’ve been playing to more people than we’ve ever played for headlining, so it’s great to see that people care all the way over here in Australia, halfway across the world. We had one of those epiphany moments coming off stage after the show. I pulled Rian aside and said, ‘Isn’t it fucking crazy? We just played to 4000 people a long, long way from where we grew up’. People care, and that’s a good feeling.
Seeing that so many people do care and playing to crowds must make all the effort you put into your music worth it. There’s a lot of stress and a lot of time and a lot of sweat and tears, and sometimes blood, that goes into making records. Because we want it to be good, we want it to be right and we want people to enjoy it. When you finally get around to putting out songs and then you get to come over and see that pay off, it does make it all worth it.
What can fans expect from the new album?
There’s three songs out already, with a fourth one on the way. We’re just sort of slow-rolling it because the record’s a story and it details the trials and tribulations of this character. So we wanted to roll out the record in a certain way and it’s been cool because of that slow release, we’ve been releasing songs that are kind of different right up front to kind of gauge the reaction to see how people are getting into. What’s been great is that people seem to be getting into it and getting onboard the trip we’re trying to take them on. It’s been good. Now that we’re fast approaching June, with the release of the rest of the songs I think it will explain itself at that point.
Artists write for themselves obviously and you tell these stories because you want to tell them, but do you worry that your fans won’t come along with you when you experiment like this?
Sure. There was some anxiety about it. But we’ve always had that anxiety going in to every record no matter what. Whether it’s something different or whether it’s something very similar to what we’ve put out last time, it’s that feeling of dread before it comes out. It’s a common one. You put a lot of time and effort into making something you love and you just hope are along for the ride. This has been a really cool time, getting the songs out and seeing people get attached to them and come sing them at shows. It’s very very gratifying after a year and a half of making the record.
You must have realised you were onto something when the songs worked so well live so soon.
Yeah, that’s been an interesting part of it, because this record is a little bit different for us and we’re exploring some sounds and themes and tones that I don’t think we have in the past. So introducing that into the live show and how you fit those into the back catalogue, creating those ebbs and flows, fitting it into the show and making it all gel, has been a really cool new challenge, but it’s improved as a artists and musicians because we’ve had to go out there and make it work. One of the big things is, it’s important in music not to become complacent and comfortable. If you’re not challenging yourself and your listeners, you’re kind of just making decorations. You’re not making art. So that’s been a big component of it, to try and improve and grow.
What’s the basic story behind Last Young Renegade?
It’s a story of self-discovery and self-actualisation through facing up to your demons. It’s a record that comes from the heart in a lot of ways. It’s very internal. It’s stories about things that we’ve gone through and dealt with and struggled with and had to come to terms with as we’ve gone through our twenties. We’re all in our late twenties now, and a lot of our formative years have been spent in this band, on tour, on the road together. A lot of that is in there in the subtext of the record. We wanted to create this character, the Last Renegade, to allow people to relate to it a bit more and to kind of apply it to themselves. It’s one thing for people to be able to relate to things I’m singing about if they’re not me, but this allow it to go to a little more of a universal place. Which is a really interesting thing. We’ve never done anything like that before.
You said it took a year and a half. It seems like a long time – was it a difficult period?
I say and year and a half, but that’s kind of all in. That’s from me starting to write ideas through to the record getting mastered. The actual time spent in the studio recording the songs was probably about two months in 2016. I did start writing songs for this in late 2015-ish, going in to 2016. Just for fun, but some of those songs we started writing all the way back then ended up being the cornerstones and the basis for where this record was going. Once we had a good handful we started filling in the blanks. It was an awesome process. It wasn’t long or painstaking. We worked with a lot of friends. The two guys who produced this record, Blake Harnage and Colin Brittain are two very good friends of ours and it was almost like we were self-producing in a lot of ways. It was very genuine and pure, which is a really good way to spend the time making this record.
I guess it’s a bit early to ask you about this now as Last Young Renegade isn’t even out yet, but do you think about where All Time Low may go from here? Do you have ideas about which direction the band is going to go in or do you think about that from cycle to cycle?
We’ve always got ideas, but as you said it’s pretty early now. We’re so deep in this thing that it could continue on this path very easily or in a year from now maybe we want to 180 and do something completely different. I don’t know. It’s hard to say. What I will say is that know what we know now, and being in this band for so long, we know what works for All Time Low and we know what we can get away with and what we can’t. So it’s really kind of about exploring within that space. Fortunately our fans are incredible to us and they give us a lot of room to work with so I feel like our lane is pretty big. We do our best to keep it new and fresh and exciting for them.
Going back to what we mentioned before about not necessarily keeping the fans happy but making sure they come along with you, you do have that obligation as well.
Yeah, there’s definitely an obligation to try and please as many people as we can, otherwise we wouldn’t be a very good band! It’s always keeping that in mind. As I said before, it’s important that we stay focused on what feels like great All Time Low songs for us and then where we take it stylistically from there is sort of the icing on the cake. In terms of this new record, we went for these very textural, wide-sounding songs, a lot of ear candy, guitar pedals we’ve never used before, things like that. We’ve kind of made a nice driving record, but it’s a headphone record too. You want to sit with it and dive in a few times and hear everything that’s going on. It’s that sort of thing. Honing in on that keeps it interesting for people.
It’s great to be taking that extra effort because a lot of music seems to just be really disposable and quickly forgotten. Is it going to be remembered in 15 years?
That’s always the interesting thing about music, and it poses a very interesting philosophical question. Chart music has always been interesting in a sense that only time will tell. What feels great in a moment in an era might be forgotten about, and sometimes things become timeless. It’s not always clear what separates those two things, because there’s tons of good songs. It’s interesting and it’s hard to know, but I think what it comes down to is writing genuine music and writing honest music, and that’s what we’ve decided to roll with. When we keep it honest to ourselves, that’s how people become attached to it. Hopefully it’s something that has staying power.
Posted by Moe on 25 May 2017
Alternative Press cover
All Time Low will be on the cover of the upcoming issue of Alternative Press. In the interview, they talk about their career and their future goals. Read a short summary written by the magazine below.
You can pre order bundles on this link.
Thirteen years and seven albums in, these wiseguys have carved their space in pop-punk history. That’s why we’ve dedicated this month’s cover to exploring their storied past, as well as what their ride to the next level will bring. From making the party scene to achieving young renegade status, everything you need to know about ATL lies inside.
A few shots from the magazine's photoshoot as well as the cover were added in the gallery. They were taken by Grizzlee Martin.
Posted by Moe on 24 May 2017
Young Renegades Tour: European leg
Today, All Time Low have announced a new European tour as part of their Young Renegades World Tour. They will come to many Western European countries between 6th October and 20th October.
Check out the details below.
6 October 2017: Sentrum Scene - Oslo, Norway
7 October 2017: Arenan Fryshuset - Stockholm, Sweden
8 October 2017: Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
9 October 2017: Grosse Freiheit - Hamburg, Germany
10 October 2017: Huxleys - Berlin, Germany
12 October 2017: Palladium - Cologne, Germany
13 October 2017: AFAS Live - Amsterdam, Netherlands
14 October 2017: Batschkapp - Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
15 October 2017: Backstage Werk - Munich, Germany
16 October 2017: Estragon - Bologna, Italy
18 October 2017: Bikini - Toulouse, France
19 October 2017: Razzmatazz 1 - Barcelona, Spain
20 October 2017: Palacio Vistalegre - Madrid, Spain
Posted by Moe on 22 May 2017
Nice2KnoU music video
All Time Low have just released a brand new music video for their song Nice2KnoU. In the video, they are walking around their hometown of Baltimore, MD, where they pay tribute to all the venues linked to their career as a band.
Watch the video below. We will add the screen captures later on.
Posted by Moe on 19 May 2017
Australian tour: Recap video and pictures
There are only two dates left on the Australian tour and more and more pictures and videos are getting published every day. Feel free to regularly check on our gallery as we add photos throughout the day.
Watch a recap video of the band in Sydney by clicking the picture below.
Many pictures from the tour were added in our gallery. The photographers and websites are credited in the album descriptions as usual. Check them out!
Posted by Moe on 18 May 2017
Australian tour: Interview and photos
All Time Low have three dates left on their Australian tour and the media are still posting many articles about the band. Zack and Jack met with Music Feeds to talk about their Australian fanbase. You can watch the video by clicking the picture below.
A few pictures taken on the last two dates of the tour were posted in our gallery. Renae Egan took the pictures in Sydney for Wall Of Sound and Jaz Meadows took the ones in Melbourne for Destroy All Lines. Check them out!
Posted by Moe on 16 May 2017
Wall Of Sound interview with Zack and Jack
When All Time Low were in Sydney, Australia, Zack and Jack met with the website Wall Of Sound to discuss their upcoming album Last Young Renegade.
Read the article below.
So the new album Last Young Renegade is set to be released June 2nd, how did the recording process differ this time around?
Jack: “It was a longer process and we did it in secret. No one really knew we were doing an album. They saw pictures of us in the studio but no one really knew what was going on, we didn’t say we were making an album. Alex (Gaskarth) would go on writing trips to the mountains and the desert to try and get away from the LA scene and focus on the writing and then we would all meet at this old little studio we rented in Hollywood where The Beach Boys did Pet Sounds, so we got a bunch of 80s synths and laid some tracks down.”
Zack: “There’s a lot more experimenting too, more pedals and what not. It wasn’t just pop punk, where it’s like ‘alright let’s find the right distortion tone’”
Jack: “Yeah, we really wanted to make the album sound different, and a little fresher.”
So do you think your influences have changed drastically within this process?
Jack: “I don’t think our personal influence changed that much, we’re still listening to the same stuff but I definitely think we let them affect the music a little more. I mean because this is our seventh album we wanted to try different things and sound a little different while still keeping it All Time Low.”
So should we be expects a Beach Boys tribute hidden track?
Zack: “Shhh! You’ll spoil the surprise (laughs)”
Last time All Time Low graced our shores, Future Hearts was just about to come out, so it’s been some time. What can we expect from this tour cycle?
Jack: “Yeah this tour is interesting because we didn’t come here on Future Hearts.” *whispers sorry into the mic* “So it’s definitely a lot of that along with a couple new songs because that’s also our focus with the album coming out in like a month. So if you’re a new All Time Low fan you’ll be pretty happy (laughs). We do touch up on the old stuff a little bit, as we always will. We’re playing the longest set we’ve ever played here. It’s about seventeen songs which is by far the longest set we’ve played in Australia, which is pretty exciting.”
Zack: “It’s usually a side-wave and it’s like an hour at most, so it’s nice to have a full set.”
It’s also quite the step-up in venue size.
Jack: “Oh yeah absolutely it’s pretty cool for us. Australia’s somewhere we’ve always wanted to be successful and play bigger crowds and the shows we’ve done have always been fun, but they’ve always been kind of smaller yet still insane. So we always knew if we could get a bigger venue the crowd would be double the insanity.”
Zack: “It’s also indoors so hopefully our equipment won’t drown again.”
Is the crowd any different to back in the states?
Jack: “Well we’ve only been here seven or eight times, whereas we’ve toured numerous times in the US, so I do think there’s a level of intensity when we come and it’s special to them which is really cool.”
You’ve also brought quite the line-up with you , what’s it like taking these guys on the road?
Jack: “We’ve been touring with The Maine since we were 18/19 so we’ve known them for almost ten years now and done so many tours with them so it’s kind of nice. A lot of tours we’ve done here with either Soundwave or Headlining with local openers which is also fun, but it’s nice to be with your friends and travel the country with them.”
Zack: “And we toured the UK with Neck Deep and have done a ton of shows with them so they’re definitely all of our friends that we like musically as well so that’s why we did it.”
On the back of your single of the same name, who do you think is the ‘Life of the Party’ out of all three bands on this tour?
Zack: “It’s hard to tell here because you’ve got to fly every morning so it can’t really be like ‘let’s go rage!’” (laughs)
Jack: “I will say all three bands do enjoy to partake which makes it way more fun.”
You guys are famous for your antics on tour. Any crazy stories?
Jack: “There was this one time while we were at Soundwave where Alex fainted on the plane and we almost had to make an emergency landing. Someone had to make an IV out of a bag and gave it to him. He was just really dehydrated though” (Laughs)
Zack: “…and we were playing in 110 degrees (Fahrenheit) heat too and he doesn’t drink water.”
Jack: “Yeah it’s crazy I drink like ten bottles of water a day and he drinks maybe one or two. So he got on the plane, dried out and literally fainted. They gave him three bags of IVs and it wasn’t even enough. That’s how dehydrated he was!”
I’m sure you’re all enjoying the cooler weather this time around then.
Zack: “Oh yeah, it’s amazing. Literally perfect.”
So to wrap things up we’re going to play a quick fire game of Name and Shame. Time to air all your ‘Dirty Laundry ‘(apologies in advance)
Firstly who uses up the most hot water?
Jack and Zack in unison: “Alex!”
Zach: “He takes pretty long showers.”
Who showers the least?
Jack: “Rian or Zack” (laughs)
Zack: “Yeah I’d say me because I’m always working out.”
Jack: “Rian and Zack's wardrobe cases both smell the worst by far.”
Last one on the bus?
Jack: “I’d say me or Zack. We’re known to come back at late hours of the night.”
Jack: “I’ll take that!”
Zack: (laughs) “I think everyone kind of does that.”
Jack: “Rian definitely doesn’t at all”
Zack: “No but we have the bunk banana, where you’ll go to sleep and be like ‘What the hell is this?’ and there’s a banana under your pillow. It’s funny shenanigans.”
Jack: “There’s always a banana under someone’s pillow.”
Who’s the biggest social media fiend?
Jack: “Alex! Like I enjoy it but Alex is next level.”
But would he be the best selfie taker?
Jack: “Yeah no.”
Zack: “Definitely not” (laughs)
Jack: “I take a pretty good selfie so…” *seductively winks
Whose hair is most likely to fall out because of bleach?
Jack: “My hair will definitely fall out! I’m surprised it hasn’t already”
Zack: “And mine’s going grey so”
Last one, who is the best dressed?
Jack: “Rian’s a pretty good dresser, he’s on his fashion game. Alex doesn’t want to hear that but it’s true.”
Zack: “I live in Hawaii so we don’t really wear clothes. We just go naked!”
Jack: “Which is also the best dressed! We’re both number one birthday suit supporters.”
Posted by Moe on 15 May 2017
Melbourne: Recap videos and pictures
Last night, All Time Low played a show at Festival Hall in Melbourne, Australia. As it was Mother's Day in the United States, Jack called his mother on stage. You can watch a recap video posted on the band's Facebook account and the hilarious encounter of Joyce Barakat and 5,000 fans by clicking the picture below.
The Australian promoter Destroy All Lines posted a video with footage from the Australian tour on their Facebook account. You can watch it by clicking the picture below.
The first pictures from the show in Melbourne, taken by Sofie Marsden and Digital Beard, were posted in our gallery. Check them out!
x22: Concerts > Festival Hall - Melbourne, Australia
Posted by Moe on 15 May 2017
The Speakeasy interview
This week, the website The Speakeasy wrote a review on All Time Low's show at PowerStation in Auckland, New Zealand. Today, they posted an interview they did with the band.
Read a few questions asked in the article below.
So, congratulations on signing with Fueled By Ramen!
All: Thank you!
Yasmin: Obviously you kept that quiet for quite a while, what made you decide to do that?
Alex Gaskarth: Uh, we sort of just felt like it was the right move, we were still technically signed to Hopeless, well not, signed to Hopeless, but we were finishing things up with Hopeless Records while we were working on the deal with Fueled By Ramen so we just had things that we were still promoting, like our last record and our DVD that came out and stuff on an older label. So we just felt like announcing a new label while still promoting stuff on an old label would just get confusing for people, so yeah. We just decided to do all that stuff in secret, and then announce it once there was a little space.
Rian Dawson: And also the labels, it was really cool cause during that time, the labels, during that time period, were actually working together.
Alex: Oh yeah, no, it was awesome, it was such a smooth transition.
And so you’ve got quite a new sound with this new record, had you already decided to go down this path sonically before you decided to sign with Fueled By Ramen, or was that kind of as a result of signing with them?
Alex: No, I think, I think we were already sort of on that path, you know, there’s kind of an interesting, like, um sequence of stepping stones I think from our last record, Future Hearts, to the new one, I kind of, you know, obviously Future Hearts had its kind of staple kind of older, older sounding All Time Low songs on it, but um, I think the way we released singles and the way that we built that album out, it kind of started moving us towards what we wanted to do on this record and obviously, the song that came out on the DVD, Take Cover, I think was the perfect kind of transitional song, saying like, “here’s where we were, here’s where we’re going”.
Jack Barakat: It’s kind of interesting because we uh, when we were meeting with labels, we kind of had a vision for what we wanted the record to sound like already, and Fueled By had the same vision, and so we knew what we wanted to be – what direction we wanted to take before we signed. And you know, Good Times and Last Young Renegade were songs that we had written before we had even signed.
Alex: It felt like an important moment, you know I think um, it could have been very easy for us in the moment to, to kind of go back and make another record that sounded like our old stuff, um but I think, being – it was our seventh album, and we’re 10 plus years into our career like, it felt really important to kind of do something new and try something different and put us on kind of a new trajectory I think, for the years to come. Otherwise I think, you know, bands get stale.
So with the music videos, you’ve released them in ‘volumes’, is that because you’re going to release one for every song? Or…? We can hope!
Alex: We’ll see, we’re three in right now, with a fourth one on the way and, um, you know, it’s only a ten song record so it’s very possible that we could get all the way there but, um it was really important for us to make something really visual. We’ve never done anything like this with a release, or with our music videos, so I think, one of the big things we wanted to go for with Last Young Renegade was world building. We felt like we had these really strong songs and this really cool aesthetic, um sonically, and then we really wanted to visualise that in the record, in the music videos as well. Um, and so yeah, it’s been kind of this cool thing where we’ve been able to tie everything together and everything that’s come out so far feels connected, it’s creating this little world that it all lives in, um and yeah, I think it would be amazing if we keep going on. We’ll see, we’ll have to, we have to get to the next step first. Volume four is next, and then we’ll see where it goes.
Okay, question for each of you: do you have a favourite song on Last Young Renegade?
Jack: I do!
Jack: I don’t like any of ‘em. I have ten least favourite songs.
Rian: It’s hard to pick, I think… I’m gonna go with Afterglow.
Yasmin: Can you tell me why?
Rian: Yeah! It’s one of those songs and it was added on super late, really late actually. It was written almost after the record was done pretty much, and um, it just, the record – and it’s the first one that really does this – it kind of takes you on a journey lyrically, thematically, musically, like it’s not just one single feel. You go up and down, and we didn’t really have a song that felt like it closed off. Like the record felt a little open ended, um and Afterglow as a song, lyrically, production, everything’s just really perfect for the last song on the record and it’s…
Alex: It needed that moment, it needed the, the Last Jedi moment, you know where you have –
Alex: You have her handing off the light sabre and it like, sets you up for the next thing –
Jack: Rian doesn’t know what you’re talking about.
Alex: It’s a force awakening, it needed that, it needed the thing that – it felt like it wrapped up the story, the character on the record, but yeah. It needed to get there to get to the next thing. But uh, what about you Jack?
Jack: I think Good Times is my favourite, uh it was the first song that was written for the album, Alex sent it to me and I remember me telling him it was his best song he’d ever written.
Yasmin: Was this during your little travels through the dessert?
Alex: This was before.
Jack: He sent it to me via carrier pigeon.
Jack: It took literally three months to get there, I don’t know why anyone ever used that.
Alex: A crow landed on a cactus…
Jack: There has to be a better way.
Alex: … with a letter tied to its leg. I read that letter. It said, “Alex, where are you? Please come home”…. My favourite right now, I think, is Life of the Party. Something that always happens when we make a record is that I get, I mean, it happens to all of us but I think because I’m so in it from very beginning to very end, I have a really hard time uh, like, by the time I get to the end, I don’t know if anything’s good anymore, so now that the songs are releasing, it’s kind of like the weight is lifting as people hear the songs and kind of, we get the feedback and people are like, “Oh! We really love this”, I’m like, “Oh, thank God”. So that just happened with Life of the Party, so that one right now is like fresh in my mind as being like, yeeeah.
Yasmin: What about you, Zack?
Zack: Uh, I like Life of the Party, I just, I’ve always liked darker songs, not necessarily in like a, it’s not like sad, it’s just a deeper and darker song, and I always like that kind of feel of music so, it’s nice.
Read more at The Speakeasy.
Posted by Moe on 13 May 2017
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