MTV UK interview with Jack
MTV UK recently talked to Jack about the band's albums and the possibility of doing something to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their 2nd EP Put Up Or Shut Up. Read the article below.
You’re bringing your Back To The Future Hearts Tour to the UK next month, supporting your latest record, Future Hearts. Going back a bit, you released Dirty Work in 2011 to mixed reviews and then Don’t Panic in 2012, which was very well received. Fans seemed a little anxious ahead of Future Hearts and the potential sound change, after nailing it with Don’t Panic...
"I think every album we’ve released, we released for a purpose and a meaning. We don’t want to completely change our sound, but we want to make them a little different and don’t want to release the same album twice. I think with Future Hearts, we saw it as an evolution of Don’t Panic and a step forward; a more eclectic album with more diversity, but still kept the All Time Low sound, and I think we were really successful with that.
"We wrote and recorded the album we wanted to make and it clicked with fans, so we were lucky in that sense. We haven’t changed too much over the years, but it’s always good to keep changing. Our fans are growing up, so we don’t want to keep releasing the same album."
You chose John Feldmann, who produced 5 Seconds Of Summer's two albums, to produce Future Hearts. Did his work with 5SOS influence you to work with him? Did you want a more mainstream-sounding record?
"Here’s a true story, before All Time Low had played a show, we dreamed of working with John Feldmann. I would always be like, “What if John Feldmann worked with us?” and this was when we were like 13/14. It was always kind of instilled in our bodies that one day we would want to work with him. For the most part, I’d say he was probably doing ‘darker’ albums, he did The Used and Story of the Year. He kind of always had a rock edge to him, so we thought for a while that he wouldn’t be a right fit.
Then we worked with him a couple of times on Dirty Work; we wrote 'Heroes' with him, which is a big song within our fanbase and two years down the road, his name was still being brought up. It was just finding the right time and the right place, and everything kind of came together. It wasn’t because of 5SOS that we went with John Feldmann. The 5SOS thing did help, because Alex was in the studio with Feldmann recently, so the experience was still fresh in his mind, but other than that, I would say that would be the only bridge there. It was just always something we wanted to do since the beginning."
Feldmann also fronts the ska-punk band Goldfinger, were you not interested in going down the ska route?
" If you listen closely on the album, there’s definitely some weird things there. We do have trumpets in some parts. There was a song that was actually pretty horn-influenced that didn’t make the album that was really catchy, but it just didn’t feel right. There’s a lot of violins on the album, which was cool. It’s nice to have that kind of stuff, but still make All Time Low songs. Feldmann was really good for that and I think he brought a really cool energy."
Future Hearts was very well received, and I saw Alex recently tweet that you’re already writing again...
"Yeah, we’ve definitely started writing. We were waiting until January to get back right in there. If there’s anything our fans have learned from All Time Low - we don’t take long between albums. I don’t have a day or anything, but I’d expect something sooner rather than later."
After your commercial success, is there pressure to maintain that popularity? Do you ever approach songs like, ‘Would this sound good on radio?’
"There’s always that conversation, because you want to continue growing. You want to write songs that people are going to like. We never wanted to be the band that writes dark, indie music.
"Since the beginning, we’ve always wanted to write catchy, poppy songs that everyone can have a good time to, so I don’t think that’s going to change. It’s our seventh record, so I think we’ll feel the least pressure we’ve ever felt making an album. We’re not afraid of anything at this point. We’ve been through the ups and downs, so we’re just going to make a new All Time Low album and it’ll probably be the best one we’ve made. I think fans will like it."
It’s amazing to see how far you’ve come, from supporting the likes of Plain White T’s in 2007 to headlining The O2. Only a few other bands from that era and scene have really made it, like Fall Out Boy and Paramore. What do you think is your appeal?
"I think it’s a mix of right place, right time. I’d say we were kind of on the tail-end of that whole scene of bands. We were a little late to the party, but we got there just in time. I do think we have a very unique connection with the people that listen to our music. I don’t know if many bands have that same connection, it’s rare and I haven’t seen it that much before.
"It’s a special thing, especially in the UK, the fans that saw us open with the Plain White T’s in 2007 are coming to see us play at the O2. It’s that kind of fanbase we have and I think it’s the reason why we’re able to play these massive venues. I’d say we’ve had a low commercial success in the UK, we’ve been on the radio a bit, but I don’t think that’s the reason we’re able to play these big venues.
"I feel like it’s been a snowball effect; once these UK fans became All Time Low fans, I don’t think they went anywhere. We’re very appreciative of it and we definitely wouldn’t be able to play those kind of venues without them."
Is it a bit mind-blowing having a band like Good Charlotte supporting you on your Back To The Future Hearts Tour, surely you grew up listening to them?
"It definitely is mind-blowing! I grew up idolising Good Charlotte, they were the band that gave us hope to become a band out of Maryland. They were like the hometown heroes.
"Every time we hang out, even now since we’ve become friends, it’s still so bizarre to be in their presence, because they’re the reason why we’re doing what we’re doing. I would say it’s more flattering that they accepted the tour with us and they wanted to do it. It’s great for younger fans too who have heard of Good Charlotte, but don’t know their music."
It’s been 10 years since the release of your Put Up or Shut Up EP, will you be playing any shows to commemorate it or anything?
"That’s something that we’ve kind of discussed, but we haven’t confirmed anything. We did one show at the end of last year and we played Put Up or Shut Up in full, it was just a cool experiment to see how it would do and it was probably the most fun show I’ve had in a really long time. I think it’s a very strong possibility."
You also take out a lot of newer and younger pop punk bands on tour like Neck Deep and State Champs, is that a label thing or do you have a say?
"That’s a good thing about being All Time Low - everything we do, we do because we want to. We’ve never been that band that’s been told what to do. We always have an opinion and we’ve had the same manager since we were 16.
"When we headline, we take out whoever we want to take out. The label sometimes suggests bands they’ve signed and we’ll take them out, if we like them. That’s a cool thing about being in this band, it’s nice to have that influence on fans and introduce them to newer bands and give them our stamp of approval."
What was the last gig you went to as a fan?
"Actually tonight, one of my best friends scored me tickets to see Elton John in like a 2,000 cap venue, so I’m literally freaking out. I had trouble sleeping last night. I’ve never seen Elton John play and it’s such an intimate venue. I have really high hopes that it’s going to be one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. I’m excited!"
Are there any bands you’re excited about at the moment or any releases you’re looking forward to?
"I’m really excited about the new Panic! At The Disco album, I’ve always been a big fan and think Brendon Urie is a genius. He does no wrong in my eyes.
"I’ve been listening to the Twenty One Pilots album a lot; I’m friends with Josh in the band and he’s become a close friend. Me, personally, when I make a personal connection with a band member, I tend to listen to their music and it kind of makes you appreciate it a bit more. I like good people making good music."
Thanks for your time! Do you have any final words about the tour?
"The UK has always been, in my opinion, my favourite place to tour, so I’m really excited to get back. I look at our Facebook every day and I can’t believe we’re headlining the biggest venue we’ve ever played. It’s something myself, and I’m sure the other guys, think about pretty regularly, so we’re really excited!"
Posted by Moe on 27 Jan 2016
Rock Sound interview with Jack
Jack recently spoke with the British magazine Rock Sound to talk about the band's upcoming arena tour across the United Kingdom and Ireland. Read what he had to say in the article below.
HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT HITTING SUCH HUGE ARENAS?
Says Jack: “It’s pretty surreal, to be honest! We’ve never headlined a tour in venues like this, so it’s going to be a first time for us and for our fans, a whole different experience. I’m excited to take our show to that next level, to do what we always do, but on an even bigger stage. I think it’s going to be entertaining all round, and we refuse to let anyone down. The line-up is out of this world, too.”
“Right now there are no worries, but I guarantee you that a couple of seconds before walking onstage in Cardiff, at the first show, I will be freaking out. At the beginning of last year we toured similar venues with You Me At Six, our first time co-headlining on stages of the same size. I was the most nervous I’d ever been pre-show, truly. I’m really comfortable with our band and what we’ve achieved, so playing in small venues and clubs feels like second nature. This is completely out of our comfort zone, but I still expect it to be tonnes of fun. The second I hit the stage and see everyone out in the audience, any worries will disappear instantly.”
DID YOU PICK UP ANY NEW TRICKS FROM LAST YEAR’S ARENA TOUR?
“It’s going to take some more getting used to, but the thing that made it so fun and comfortable was how happy we are onstage together. It doesn’t really matter how big the venue is; when I look to my left I’ll still see Alex , Zack and Rian there with me. Whatever stage you throw us on, we’ll make it feel like home. The fans play a big role in that too. When they’re there, we always feel comfortable.”
WHAT DO YOU HAVE LINED UP FOR THESE SHOWS?
“We’re really bad at pre-planning, so for better or worse we’ve always rolled with the punches. It’s kind of similar this time – but hey, it’s worked out before, right? I know that it’s going to be awesome, and people can expect some big surprises. You’ve never seen All Time Low like this before, but at its core it’ll be the same sort of show we’ve always done. The dick jokes will definitely be there, the crowd-surfing will be there, but just with a tonne more lights and stuff thrown in.”
DICK JOKES AND EXPLOSIONS?
“Oh, for sure!”
PRESUMABLY YOU’RE FIGHTING TO THE DEATH OVER THE SETLIST?
“I’d be lying to you if I said it wasn’t tough at this point! We’ve got six albums to draw from, and it’s hard to find something that we’ll all agree on, while also making our fans happy. We’re so close that we hardly ever argue about anything, but that’s the one thing we’ll have serious disagreements over! It’s the best kind of problem to have, though. In the end, it’s going to be an All Time Low show, but a little bit more unique and different.”
AWESOME. ARE YOU EXCITED TO BE BRINGING GOOD CHARLOTTE ALONG FOR THE RIDE?
“It’s a dream come true situation. We grew up idolizing Good Charlotte, because they’re from about 40 minutes away from us, and they’re the hometown heroes of our area. They’re the band who made it out of this small city, and gave bands like ours the hope to do exactly what they did. I’ve been following them since I was a kid, one of the first shows I ever went to was a GC show, and I was actually in the crowd where they filmed the video for ‘Festival Song’. It’s crazy to see this whole thing come around full-circle. Having them opening up for us is an honour and a privilege, and I couldn’t think of a better band to bring along. It’s cool for us, and hopefully even cooler for the fans coming down.”
HOW ABOUT AGAINST THE CURRENT?
“One of the things I love about this band is that we always get to pick who we tour with, you know? When Against The Current’s name was thrown into the hat, everyone gravitated towards them. All four of us like what they’re doing, and we see them as a young band with huge talent and potential. Hopefully through this tour, a whole lot of new people will get to hear their music too.”
ALEX RECENTLY TWEETED ABOUT GETTING BACK INTO WRITING MODE – WHAT DO YOU HAVE PLANNED?
“We’re really early in the process of writing some new material at the moment. We took the last couple of weeks of 2015 to settle down and take the year in with family and friends, but as soon as January 1st hit, Alex was back to the writing. Any All Time Low fan could tell you that we don’t like to take much time between albums – we want to constantly be touring and releasing new stuff for people. I don’t know how long this next record is going to take, but hopefully we’ll be back with something sooner rather than later.”
NICE. IF ANYONE’S STILL ON THE FENCE ABOUT COMING DOWN TO THESE SHOWS, HOW WOULD YOU CONVINCE THEM?
“If you don’t come, you could potentially be making the worst decision of your entire life, and you’ll probably regret it until the day you die. No big deal or anything…”
Posted by Moe on 15 Jan 2016
Throwback Thursday: Prague 2014
For the first Throwback Thursday of the year, I have added a few pictures which were taken on the A Love Like War Tour, when All Time Low toured Europe with Blitz Kids and Tonight Alive. The pictures were taken in Prague, Czech Republic.
As for the video of the week, watch the band perform the songs Vegas and Guts below.
+17 : Concerts > Roxy - Prague, Czech Republic
Posted by Moe on 07 Jan 2016
One year of Emo Night
At the end of 2015, Emo Night LA posted a video to celebrate their first anniversary. In the video, we can see footage of Jack DJing and also a short interview where Alex and Jack talk about the event.
This week, Jack was asked to DJ another Emo Night along with his friends Justin Siegel and Nano Tissera. The first pictures from this first appearance of 2016 were posted in our gallery.
x17 : Appearances > 5 January 2016 - Emo Night in Los Angeles, CA
Posted by Moe on 07 Jan 2016
10 things you did not know about All Time Low
Alternative Press recently interviewed All Time Low and asked them to tell us 10 things we did not know about them. You can watch the whole band discussing it in the video below.
Posted by Moe on 06 Jan 2016
Rock Sound: Best video and best album of 2015
First of all, I would like to wish you all a happy new year and I hope that 2016 will give you everything that you deserve. Thank you for supporting the website and being so sweet with me.
Rock Sound unveiled more results for their readers' poll and All Time Low are featured in two more categories: Video Of The Year and Album Of The Year. Check out their ranking below:
Video Of The Year
1. Panic! At The Disco - 'Emperor's New Clothes'
2. Bring Me The Horizon - 'True Friends'
3. Bring Me The Horizon - 'Throne'
4. Twenty One Pilots - 'Stressed Out'
5. All Time Low - 'Something's Gotta Give'
Album Of The Year
1. Bring Me The Horizon 'That's The Spirit'
2. Twenty One Pilots 'Blurryface'
3. Neck Deep 'Life's Not Out To Get You'
4. Bullet For My Valentine 'Venom'
5. All Time Low 'Future Hearts'
6. 5 Seconds Of Summer 'Sounds Good Feels Good'
7. Babymetal 'Babymetal'
8. Enter Shikari 'The Mindsweep'
9. Don Broco 'Automatic'
10. The Maine 'American Candy'
Posted by Moe on 02 Jan 2016
The Rave interview
A few weeks ago, All Time Low played their last show of the year at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI. The venue got to interview Alex and Jack before the concert to talk about the band and Christmas. Watch the video below.
Posted by Moe on 30 Dec 2015
Rock Sound: Readers' Poll
The British magazine Rock Sound is unveiling the results for this year's readers' poll. All Time Low, Alex and Jack have been listed in two categories so far: Best International Band, Hero Of The Year and Best At Twitter. Check out the results below.
Best International Band
1. Linkin Park
2. All Time Low
3. Twenty One Pilots
4. Black Veil Brides
5. 5 Seconds Of Summer
8. Set It Off
9. Fall Out Boy
10. The Maine
Hero Of The Year
1. Andy Biersack
2. Oli Sykes
3. Dave Grohl
4. Alex Gaskarth
5. Chester Bennington
6. Austin Carlile
7. Rou Reynolds
8. Tyler Joseph
9. Ben Bruce
10. Lynn Gunn
Best At Twitter
1. Gerard Way
2. Mark Hoppus
3. Jack Barakat
4. Rou Reynolds
5. Maxx Danziger
6. Ben Bruce
7. Andy Biersack
8. Josh Dun
9. Mike Duce
10. Michael Clifford
Posted by Moe on 26 Dec 2015
All Time Low's Christmas at The Rave
Last week, All Time Low performed at The Rave for KISSmas Bash. You can watch a video of the band performing Something's Gotta Give below.
A few new pictures taken at this show were posted in our gallery. Check them out!
+12 : Concerts > Kissmas Bash - Milwaukee, WI
Posted by Moe on 26 Dec 2015
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