Alex in 5SOS's "How Did We End Up Here"
The Australian band 5 Seconds Of Summer, who worked with Alex on their most recent album, recently released a live DVD entitled How Did We End Up Here. In a few parts of the DVD, Alex is sitting in front of the camera to talk about his collaborations with the band, and his experience with touring.
You can buy the DVD on this website.
I have posted a few screencaptures from this live DVD in the gallery. Please credit us if you use them.
x09 : TV/Movies > DVDs > 5 Seconds Of Summer's "How Did We End Up Here"
Posted by Moe on 22 Nov 2015
Japan: One Thousand Miles Tour
Today, Alternative Press Japan announced that All Time Low will be back in Japan in January and February 2016 along with the bands PVRIS and ONE OK ROCK for a tour entitled One Thousand Miles Tour. Check out the tour dates below.
30 January 2016: Studio Coast - Tokyo
31 January 2016: Studio Coast - Tokyo
2 February 2016: Zepp Namba - Osaka
3 February 2016: Zepp Nagoya - Nagoya
Posted by Moe on 21 Nov 2015
Pollstar recently interviewed Alex to talk about the past of the band, touring and their future projects. You can read a few questions below, and the full interview can be found on this link.
All Time Low is touring with Sleeping With Sirens and come February the band goes to the United Kingdom with special guest Good Charlotte. What makes for a great All Time Low touring package?
What makes it really fun, good and special is a lot of the time we tour with our friends. We’re touring with our peers and people who we’ve had previous longstanding relationships with. I think that comes across. … We sort of look for bands that we know put on a great live show and are going to absolutely kill it every night. But I think the other side of that is, behind the scenes, everyone is having a great time. Everyone is in good spirits. There isn’t a lot of drama on an All Time Low tour. At least, we try to minimize it. The biggest thing for us is just taking out bands we love and we know are going to put on great shows. Bands that carry themselves and handle themselves the right way so that everything is smooth and easy.
Does that go back to your experiences with Warped Tour in that the band was surrounded by like-minded people?
There was so much camaraderie on the Warped Tour. It was a great way to learn how to tour. That tour handles itself in a unique way. There’s no priorities, no special treatment for bigger bands, smaller bands or anything like that. You’re in it, you’re there, you gotta work hard and put your head down and get things done. I think we definitely learned a lot from those years.
What surprised you the most about touring during those early years?
How much down time there is. One of the things you don’t realize from the outside looking in is isn’t as glamorous as a lot of people may think. It’s a lot of hurry up and wait. There’s a lot of crappy dressing rooms, gross truck stops and things like that. … There’s definitely two sides to this world. There are the moments that you’re on stage and killing it and it’s everything you’ve dreamed about. Then there’s 12-hour flights to Tokyo and things like that, which definitely take a toll. You’ve got to balance it all and take it all in stride.
What would surprise a visitor riding on the All Time Low tour bus for the very first time?
I think people are often surprised about how clean our bus is. They come on and sort of go, “Wow. You guys run a tight ship here.” I think people expect us to be kind of messy but our bus is very clean, always smells good, always has a candle burning. We try to keep it feeling homey. I think one of the big things is that is literally your home for the next few months. I’ve been on buses of other bands that are just disgusting. I couldn’t live like that. It would be demoralizing.
If you could take Future Hearts and somehow send it back to the Alex making his first album with All Time Low, what would he think of the new album?
I think the young me would definitely be a fan. It’s the kind of music I aspired to write at that time. I probably would have some kind of snide comment about it being too commercial or too polished … not being punk rock enough. But at the same time I think, secretly, I would be a fan.
Do you see a lot of returning fans when you look out into the audience?
Yeah. It’s been pretty incredible. We have this amazing mix of people who have grown with us and have come to shows for years. We’re also seeing a new wave of fans come in, which is also pretty cool. After 11-12 years of being a band it doesn’t always happen where you’re gaining new fans. It’s pretty incredible to see, even on these headline shows that we’ve been doing now … half of the crowd has seen us before, half hasn’t.
What’s more satisfying for you: Being in the moment when you and the band is creating something special, or walking off the stage at the end of the show knowing you nailed it?
Being in the moment. When we have a great show, we always come off and want to go back out there. While it’s great to come off and reflect and know you had a good show, nothing beats being in it. It’s the best feeling.
How involved are you with the business of All Time Low?
Very. We’ve always been pretty hands-on with handling the business side of things or at least knowing what’s going on and controlling arrangements we get into.
Does everyone in the band vote on everything?
Yep. We’ve always treated everything as an equal split four ways. It’s very dependent on what everybody is feeling, what everybody is thinking. Fortunately, we’re all pretty collaborative and cohesive in the way we think and work. It’s very rare that we get into a stalemate. It’s pretty easy to hash things out.
And that’s everything from business contracts to artwork for the next album cover?
If you’re talking about album art and things like that, that’s a bit more of an argument, always. (laughs) Then everybody has their opinion. But it always gets worked out. We’re very lucky that the four of us can put our heads together and figure things out fairly quickly and without too much incendiary conversation.
When you bring a song to the band, does the finished recording sound like what you imagined it would?
It depends. Sometimes I’ll bring a song to the table, the guys will like it … and we’ll cut it. Obviously there are changes here and there. I’m not a drummer the way Rian is a drummer and I’m not a bass player the way Zack is a bass player. There are plenty of times when the song won’t change that much but the fills are different or the bass line is a little bit different. Ultimately, the song doesn’t change shape very much.
Then there are songs where I’ll bring a demo in … and through the course of recording it we realize that something isn’t working. Things happen when songs grow up. In those cases sometimes it’s back to the drawing board. The nice thing about this is the three other guys in the band are very complimentary of one another. … Sometimes it takes putting us in a live room and letting us hash it out and suddenly it’s like, “OK. That wasn’t the chorus. This is the chorus” and the song takes on a new shape.
What came first for you, singing or playing guitar?
Singing. I was able to sort of carry a tune my whole life. I think that comes with having an ear for music. I was singing for a long time in choirs and in choruses, things like that. I think it was in middle school when I wanted to pick up a guitar and start playing. I got into it for a little while but got bored with the lessons so I dropped if for a year, two years, getting back into it. My second guitar teacher kept me interested because rather than make me play scales over and over, he actually taught me songs. Then I felt I was learning something. Once I could play Metallica and things like that, I was like, “This is awesome. Now I get it. This is why I wanted to learn to play guitar.” I was probably getting into my teenage years by then.
What’s the next big goal for All Time Low?
It’s hard to say because we always take it in strides. I think the big thing now, for us, would be to move up to the next level of rooms. We’re starting to play sheds and arenas in the U.S. We have yet to do a fully sold-out tour in that format. I think the next step is to continue to grow to the point where we can sell those babies out and consider ourselves an arena rock band, which is what we’ve always wanted to be.
Posted by Moe on 21 Nov 2015
Today, Alex and Jack hung out at ESPN HQ to talk about sports on their radio. They discussed their favourite football team, the Baltimore Ravens, sports in general and their current tour across the United States. To listen to the podcast, click this link.
A few pictures from their appearance at ESPN HQ were posted in the gallery. We will add more as soon as they are posted on the band's Facebook account. Check them out!
x04 : Appearances > 20 November 2015 - ESPN HQ in Bristol, CT
Posted by Moe on 20 Nov 2015
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Throwback Thursday: Adelaide 2009
For this week's Throwback Thursday, I have added a few pictures which were taken in Adelaide, Australia on the Take Action Tour back in 2009.
As for the video of the week, watch All Time Low perform the song Coffee Shop Soundtrack below.
x08 : Concerts > The Gov - Adelaide, Australia
Posted by Moe on 19 Nov 2015
Video: All Time Low in Sayreville
All Time Low will play a last-minute show at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on Sunday. Alex posted a short video on Instagram to announce that they have released more tickets for this date. Watch it below.
Back To The Future Hearts Tour: Cover and pictures
The Back To The Future Hearts Tour is still going strong across the United States. The band has recently covered many songs, including Bon Jovi's Livin' On A Prayer, which was sung by Jack on stage. Watch a video of the performance below.
Many new pictures taken on the latest dates of the North American tour were added. Check them out in our gallery.
Washington Times: Interview with Alex
The website Washington Times recently interviewed Alex to talk about the band's career and the name of their fans, the Hustlers. Read the article below.
How’s the tour going?
This is the biggest tour we have ever headlined. Twelve years into the life of the band it continues to grow. We have sort of taken the grass-roots approach. We’ve never had that one moment or thing that has put us in the mainstream. It’s been a slow build. I love doing things that way.
Why did the band take their name from song by New Found Glory?
They were definitely one of the bands from the genre of music that we were listening to at the time influenced us. Back them for us it was Blink , Green Day, New Found Glory, NOFX, MXPX — bands like that.
We came from that Warped Tour world. We grew up in that and wanted to be a part of that. It was one thing that we wrote down from a lyric of theirs on a list of potential band names. We had our first real show at a venue coming up . We had played a couple other house parties before that, but we had yet to settle on a name. The promoter for the show said, “Guys, we’re a week from the show, and I don’t know what to put on the ticket.” We pointed at All Time Low.
How has the creative process between the four of you evolved over the past dozen years?
From back then it is much different. We were teenagers in high school. We had no idea what we were doing. This certainly isn’t one of the bands where a big major label put us together and told us what to do. Taught us how to write songs. Gave us the “keys to the car,” so to speak. We never had any of that.
So it has been a growing process over all of these years. Just figuring out ourselves and what what we could with out music, where it could go. I look back at the our first three records and think, “Man, we had no clue!” It wasn’t until we put out “Don’t Panic” that I really felt like we came into out own.
Why was there a three-year gap between “Don’t Panic” and “Future Hearts”?
A big part of that was that “Don’t Panic” was sort of a reinvention of our band. When we parted ways with Interscope Records, we immediately went back into the studio. We had something to prove: that we hadn’t forgotten where we came from and that we could write a bangin’ pop rock record. That is what that album, “Don’t Panic” was all about.
The three years was because the record did really well for us. We didn’t feel like we needed to out something new every year. We wanted to make sure that when we followed that up, it was the right next step.
The next step seems to be more pop elements.
We always get labeled as “pop-punk” because we come from that Warped Tour world. At the end of the day, I’ve never really thought of our band as that. We have some songs that have those elements because, again, that’s where we came from. I’ve always thought of us as a pop-rock band or a pop band. I’m not ashamed to say that.
Why are your fans called “The Hustlers”?
We have a song from our first CD called “The Girl’s a Straight Up Hustler.” Our fans just started calling themselves that — the die-hard fans. They started going by “The Hustlers.” We started our fan club: “The Hustler Club.”
Has Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt ever asked you for money?
Not money, but we have been threatened several times by Larry Flynt. Many “cease and desist” orders, which don’t hold up because we’re not infringing on anything they do. Yet!
When we start releasing pornography, that could change things. We got letters saying, “Guys, you can’t call yourselves this!” We were like, “Yeah, we can, you didn’t invent the word.”
What is the craziest fan encounter you’ve had?
We’ve had a couple weird ones. Nothing really sinister. There is a very blurred line with our band and the fans. Nine times out of ten it’s a good thing. But because of the way we act and because we put a lot of ourselves online and in interviews, there are people who think they already know us they don’t. We’ve never met.
People have come to my house before and expected it not to be weird when I answer the door in my PJs and ask, “What’s up. What do you need?”
The tour is sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink, so is your pre-show ritual excessive amounts of Rockstar?
Energy drink definitely helps here and there. Or coffee. The one thing I always do is I always brush my teeth before I play. I don’t know why.
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