Five years online!
I am very pleased to announce that Oh Calamity is celebrating its fifth year online today! What a journey it has been. I would like to thank every single one of you, whether you have been supporting us since the beginning or you have just discovered us. We would not still be here today if it weren't for your help. So keep sending us comments on the website and we will keep spoiling you with surprises as a thank you.
To celebrate the website's anniversary, I designed a brand new layout featuring All Time Low in the music video for Something's Gotta Give. To see the flash version of the layout, it is better to use a computer.
A few changes were made to the website. The domain name www.oh-calamity.net is now the English version of the website but you can still find it on www.en.oh-calamity.net. The gallery has a new URL as well so it is more accessible to English-speakers: www.gallery.oh-calamity.net. The previous URL is still available.
I hope that you will all enjoy this new layout. Feel free to let us know what you think about it on Twitter or in the tag board.
Posted by Moe on 07 Nov 2015
Guitar World: Interview with Zack
Zack recently talked with the webzine Guitar World to talk about All Time Low and the various instruments he plays. Read the article below.
GUITAR WORLD: On Future Hearts, you worked with John Feldmann, who has worked with Black Veil Brides, Papa Roach and the Used, among others. How did he influence the way you guys work? Was he tougher than other producers you've worked with?
He drove us hard but in a good way. When I hung out with him and was recording, if I wasn’t getting something, he’d be like, “let’s go play ping-pong." He had this craziness about him in a good way. It was inspiring and fun. You were working, but it was never like huge seriousness. It was serious when it needed to be but a lot of fun. It was just something to get your mind away from what was going on. You’d come back fresh and loose. Things would come out that didn’t come out before.
John is known for getting the very best out of artists. The album was your best first week yet. Do you continue to be surprised—especially in this era where records don’t sell?
It’s funny; we get a weekly report of how things have sold. This record did really well, and it’s surprising. The record industry is going down, sales-wise. This album surprised people how it took off. It wasn’t expected to do that well right off the bat.
You guys are all in your twenties, correct?
We're all 27.
So you're truly from the post-Napster generation. When the band came together and you were kids dreaming in your garages, did you dream of platinum albums or was touring more of a focus?
We were more interested in tours like My Chemical Romance, the Used and Story of the Year, and they played this thing called Tigerfest. We all looked at it like, “we want to be on that stage." We didn’t look at it as plaques on the wall and awards. We wanted kids to go crazy. We all shared that mentality. We still rate shows on our interaction with kids and how they interact with how we play.
It’s probably a more organic experience than bands 20 years ago when the dream was a multi-platinum album. You guys are closer to the fans.
We feed off their energy. Everyone is having a good time.
Was bass your first instrument, or did you convert?
Alto-sax was actually my first instrument. Bass was my first in the guitar world.
When you picked up the bass, were there any players you gravitated toward in terms of influences?
The first song I learned was a Foo Fighters song. I took lessons at a place in Baltimore called the Music Workshop. My teacher would make me take home his records. The first thing I was really into was John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. I started there. In the genre of music All Time Low falls into, the first bass player Sean McGrath of Save the Day. I watched him live when I was 16. He was in the back and played really well, just did his thing like all bass players do. He was such a backbone in his music. Not everyone could hear it, but those who understood bass heard it.
In terms of gear, is there a particular bass you prefer?
I've played a Fender Jazz forever. Finally after recording and playing with John Feldmann’s P-bass, I had to get my own. I was strictly Jazz because I play a lot of jazz and blues. But for rock, the P-bass has this ballsiness to it. I never understood it until this last record.
It's funny how divided those camps can be. On the back end, do you use many effects or go straight into the amp?
Right now I'm going into Aguilar AGRO pedal, which is my dirty channel. I’m going into a SansAmp and an Avalon. Two DDI’s. Nothing fancy.
Do you handle channel switching off stage?
Yes, off stage.
You just kicked off a run of dates on the Future Hearts tour. What can we expect from this tour? Are you heavy on the new record or are you spreading it around?
We do a bunch of new songs off Future Hearts. It’s split. We have so many records out and we only have, like, and hour and a half. Being that it's the Back to the Future Hearts tour, we wanted to play some songs we haven’t played in a while. I’ll play a little acoustic guitar, even. People are going to enjoy it. We will be playing all the songs people want to hear and a few people won’t expect.
Posted by Moe on 06 Nov 2015
Halloween on the Back To The Future Hearts Tour
Yesterday, All Time Low celebrated Halloween with their crew and their fans in Boise, ID. Alex was dressed up as a pop star, Rian as a police officer, Jack as a pizza and Zack as a penguin. You can check out their personalised setlist below.
Spooky-LiteYou can check out a few pictures posted on social media by Alex in our gallery.
Killing And Screaming
Spooked In Stereo
A Love Like Blood
Dancing With A Werewolf
Do You Want Me (Dead?)
Don't You Die
Damned If I Die (Damned If I Don't)
Old Clowns/Future Hearts
Ghouls In The Dark
Something's Gotta Die
Dead Maria, Count Me In
+02 : Social media > Alex's twitter
Posted by Moe on 01 Nov 2015
Back To The Future Hearts Tour: Aloha Friday
This week, on the Back To The Future Hearts, All Time Low celebrated Aloha Friday in Portland, OR by wearing Hawaiian outfits. You can watch their acoustic performance of Cinderblock Garden during that show below.
The band posted a few pictures on social media and you can check them out in the gallery. I have also added many HQ pictures from the show.
Posted by Moe on 01 Nov 2015
#FiveYearsOC: The domain name
As part of the celebrations for the website's 5th anniversary, we are going to talk about our top 5 events which made the experience of running this website unique. Read number 1 below. You can show your support by tweeting the hashtag #FiveYearsOC followed by a message in any language.
On the 7th of November 2014, Jack Barakat France officially became Oh Calamity, a source on the whole band.
"The website started off as a source on Jack which had only been created because I had put him on a layout made on Photoshop, and then Aurelie began writing the website pages. For a long time, it did not feel right to only put the spotlight on Jack and not on the whole band. There sure have been times when I was glad not to run a source on All Time Low, for personal reasons and lack of time (if you ever had to write updates on a band headlining the Vans Warped Tour, you will know what I mean). But I was really happy to work extra hard for many months to create the best possible source on All Time Low, which officially opened 51 weeks ago. And I have never felt prouder of this website." - Morgane
"When we opened the website, it was a source dedicated to Jack as I could not stop talking about him to Morgane but she quickly became the main webmaster and, after a few years, she told me that she wished for the website to become a source on the whole band. We thought about it for a while but the website quickly became a complete surce on the band. Morgane changed many things on the website. The new domain name was hard to find as we did not want a website simply called alltimelow.fr, so we talked about song names, and as I love the song Oh Calamity, I suggested the name and I think it is the one that represents best our website.
We are one week from the website's anniversary and I would like to congratulate Morgane for her work. I am amazed at what Jack Barakat France has become. According to me, this website has become a major source on All Time Low for every fan of the band." - Aurelie
Posted by Moe on 31 Oct 2015
Premier Guitar: Interview with Jack
When All Time Low was in Nashville, TN, the website Premier Guitar got to talk to Jack and crew member Mac Fraser. They are showing us the guitars they use every night on tour. Watch the full video below.
A picture from this interview was posted on their website. Check it out in our gallery.
x01 : Appearances > 13 October 2015 - Premier Guitar interview in Nashville, TN
Posted by Moe on 29 Oct 2015
Fuse: Interview with Alex
The website Fuse recently talked to Alex about All Time Low fans and the band's career. Read the full article below.
FUSE: A lot of your fans are young and female. Do you feel a certain responsibility to them? You’re definitely the kind of band that gets the “You saved my life” thing.
Gaskarth: It’s something we had to grow into. We never set out with any of that in mind. When we started this band, we were kids in high school. We were going through all of those things and learning for ourselves. We were pretty awkward dudes and to be honest, we were just having a great time. We were fucking around. We were really not in a place where we thought we would come to mean something to someone else, if that makes sense. We wanted to be someone’s good time.
We didn’t know that we were going to fill a hole or become real support for some people. It’s incredible! The fact that our music has been able to connect with people on that level is insane and awesome. We’ve always written from a very personal place, so the things that we’re singing about have affected us, too. It proves that we’re all interconnected and it’s the process of living that makes us all the same. The fact that we share a lot of these things...it’s cool to share experience through our music. I do feel a responsibility--not so much in the sense that I think we owe anything to anyone, but we’re here doing our thing and we absolutely want to help people. It’s so rewarding to know that anything we’ve put out there into the world has been able to pull someone out of a dark place.
It mirrors your progression: Even twelve years later, All Time Low continues to grow. When your band started in the mid-aughts, there were so many pop-punk bands. It was a golden age for those acts, but few, if any, have been able to grow like your band. Why is that?
I don’t know. I don’t have an explanation for why we’ve hung on and other bands haven’t. I think part of it is because I’ve never felt married to the genre. I’ve never felt like All Time Low was a true pop-punk band, whatever that means. I don’t think you can take our records and say “That’s front-to-back pop-punk.” I think we have songs that are pop. I think we have songs that are rock. I think are songs that are everything in between. I think “Missing You” has some folk elements to it. We just try to keep our music dynamic and fun and still have the same feel and message of All Time Low.
We’ve changed things up enough at the right time to keep things interesting--even if people hate it! I think we've shaken things up enough to the point where we’ve always been pulling some new people in, even if people are pulling away. There’s always been a new wave of people coming in with, “Oh, I fucking love these new songs.” We’ve never really put out a record where everyone was vehemently, “Well, fuck that, I just wanna hear the old stuff," which is a really good thing. We’ve been very lucky, but I also think we’ve worked our butts off.
Now we have a couple of fan questions. Your first record, Party Scene, is 10 years old this year. @DeannaRosax3 wants to know, would you ever consider playing the album front-to-back on a 10-year anniversary tour?
It’s weird for us, because we self-released that with a really small label in Baltimore with a guy that was a friend of ours. The label was called Emerald Moon Records and it we didn’t actually sign anything in paper. It was a guy who gave us $1000 to record the record and we paid him back that much when we made it back by selling the record at shows. I don’t really consider it the discography of All Time Low. We were in high school still and it is a great moment in our band but not enough people really know it. The hardcore fans know it and we’ve fucked around with playing those songs before, but there’s only like three people in the crowd that actually know it. I just don’t think there’s enough of a demand for it.
What about So Wrong, It’s Right? That’s ten in two years.
Two years from now I’m sure we’ll do something. The EP’s coming up next year, that came out in ’06. We’ve considered some little nods to the past releases. It would be really fun.
@Alyciadenbam asks, If you could travel anywhere in the future or past, where would you go?
Oh shit. I don’t know about the future. I would go to the future to see if certain things happened that I think might happen that I would like to know if they did. If any of these Teslas crash that drive themselves, stuff like that. How did that work out?
In the past, one thing I’ve always said is that I think it would be really fun to hang out with your great-grandparents or your grandparents when they were in their twenties. Have a beer with them! I think that would be really cool. I’ve only known my grandmothers and grandfathers from when they were like in their 70s and upwards. My only memories of my grandparents have been old grandparents but they’re fun as shit. I bet when they were younger they were rad. I think I would go back and have a beer with my grandparents.
@Manda0924 wants to know, Are you planning on doing anymore Full Frontal live shows?
We have one more coming up on this tour in New York at the Gotham I think they’ve gone so well that I think it would be stupid not to do more.
Meanwhile, @Jackmerrikat asks, Would you survive in an apocalypse?
Depends on what kind of apocalypse. Jello apocalypse? Hell yeah. Eat my fill! Zombie apocalypse? I think I’d do all right. There’s no guarantee of any survival in any apocalyptic situation. It’s pretty fucked, any way you slice it, but in a Walking Dead situation, I think I’d do pretty well. But everyone says that. Everyone thinks they’ll do well. I’d probably die immediately. If we’re talking Fall Out, nuclear winter-style apocalypse? No. I don’t have a bunker or anything like that yet.
@UNCLASSIFIED asks: Do you consider yourself a feminist?
I think so. I don’t always know how to answer this. It’s cool that I get asked it a lot. It’s become a hot-button topic, which is good, that people are talking about this. It’s super important. It is a tricky one to answer because people have very strong opinions on it all. The straightforward answer is yes. I absolutely support equal rights for everyone and women, historically, have not been treated equally and should be. In that sense, absolutely.
Question from @EmmaRobbins14: At the 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards, Metro Station’s Trace Cyrus called you out. Are you guys cool now?
I don’t know! I don’t fucking know the guy. I don’t care. It sucks, the way it went down. I think five years ago, six years ago I said some dumb shit about that song [“Shake It”] because I didn’t like the song. I thought it was annoying. I have a big, dumb mouth and I say things like that. Who cares? Who cares that I said that? The song went multi-platinum. He should have been like, “Well, fuck you, none of your songs have done that.” He has that on me. Why would he be offended?
When we were sort of picking fun at them, we had a little jab at them on stage. We jabbed at a lot of people there. He just wasn’t down and took it to heart and tried to fight me backstage. That was cool. He walked offstage and I was standing there getting ready to do our next bit. I just heard from behind me, “What the fuck’s your problem, man?” He’s got his shirt off. I thought maybe he took it off, because I don’t know why anyone would go on stage at an award show without a shirt, but then I found out later that he was just shirtless the whole night. He’s that kind of dude. He’s a shirtless dude! We all know that guy.
Another question from @Alyciadenbam: Do you believe in aliens?
Yes. I can’t remember the name of the philosophy for it, but it’s sort of like the window of time for a living species is tiny in comparison to how long the universe has existed, planets and things, comets flashing in and out of existence and whatnot. I think we may be, right now, the only living planet, right now. There could be millions out there, but I don’t think we’ll ever see each other because we’re so far away and we’re all so tiny. Anything that’s able to travel around the universe is not in a place in their existence where they have fleshy bodies and worry about their cell phones and things like that. I don’t think we’ll ever talk to aliens. We are the aliens!
Tyler Gambone wants to know, How did you convince your parents to let you skip college so you could pursue being in a band?
It took us a minute. We had to get everyone on the same page. In our senior year of high school, we started getting a little bit more serious and we started getting a little bit more recognition. We had self-released an album. We had proven to people that we were taking it very seriously in trying to make it work for ourselves. Labels started calling and I remember very specifically instead of doing college visits, we would go and meet with labels. The more legit that it started to get, the more open-minded our parents became. The biggest thing that it came down to for us is that college doesn’t go away. It’s not like if you don’t do it in those years that they tell you to do it in, you can’t do it again. For us, it was like, “Look, there’s a window of opportunity here. Why wouldn’t we go for it while we have the chance?”
Last one, from @intheirwinsarm: 5 Seconds of Summer just released Sounds Good Feels Good and I know you’re really close with those dudes—you’ve written for and with them. What’s your favorite 5SOS jam?
I really like “Permanent Vacation.” One of our producers, Mike Green, worked on that one. I think it’s catchy as hell. I also really like the new single, “Hey Everybody!” It screams Madden Brothers. It really reminds me of that era of Good Charlotte which is really exciting to see that sound come back. What better group of dudes to pick that up, pick that torch up and run with it!
Posted by Moe on 27 Oct 2015
Aftershock Festival: Video and first pictures
Yesterday, All Time Low played Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA. Their 7-song setlist included the songs Kicking And Screaming, Lost In Stereo, A Love Like War, Dancing With A Wolf, Weightless, Something's Gotta Give and Dear Maria, Count Me In.
The festival posted a video of All Time Low and Sleeping With Sirens on stage on their Facebook account. Watch it below.
I have also posted the first pictures from the festival in the gallery. Check them out!
x05 : Concerts > Aftershock Festival - Sacramento, CA
Posted by Moe on 26 Oct 2015
Febre Teen interview: Alex and Jack speak Portuguese
Last month, All Time Low was in Brazil for three dates of their South American tour. The webzine Febre Teen got to interview them and has already released two videos. You can watch the third video, in which Alex and Jack are trying to speak Portuguese, below.
Posted by Moe on 25 Oct 2015
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