All Time Low gives 'all time high' performance
Lead singer Alex Gaskarth, lead guitarist Jack Barakat, bassist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson of All Time Low brought rocking music, jokes, the mascot, a small child and even a collection of fans’ bras to the stage on Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Ceddia Union Building.
The party was only getting started at 8 p.m. when opening bands Count To Four and Divided By Friday took the stage.
All Time Low held a contest to determine one of their opening bands for the night, and Count To Four was fortunate enough to grasp All Time Low’s attention and win them over.
Around 10 p.m., All Time Low launched their set with the song called “The Reckless and the Brave” off their newest album “Don’t Panic,” which came out in October.
The SU mascot made its way to the stage during the next song “Forget About It,” from the album “Dirty Work.”
The mascot ended its concert appearance when it crowd surfed to the back of the audience.
Fans went wild and yearned for more as All Time Low performed “Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)” off their album “Nothing Personal.”
Their next song, “Coffee Shop Soundtrack,” off their second album, “Put Up Or Shut Up” was an old one, but it was still an ‘all time high’ fan favorite.
The crowd was responding positively throughout the show, and some women in the crowd expressed their excitement by flinging their bras to the stage.
The members took it lightly and made jokes about it as Barakat made a bra collage on his microphone stand.
After “Coffee Shop Soundtrack,” the band performed “Somewhere in Neverland,” off their new album, “Don’t Panic.” After talking with the crowd for a little while, they went right into their next song, “Lost in Stereo,” off their album, “Nothing Personal.”
The band dipped back into their second album, “Put Up Or Shut Up” with their song, “Jasey Rae.” A popular hit called “Poppin’ Champagne” off their album “So Wrong, It’s Right” was next, followed by “If These Sheets Were States,” off of “Don’t Panic.”
As the show was winding down, All Time Low said their goodbyes and thanked the crowd for coming as they announced their last song “Therapy” off the album “Nothing Personal.”
Their involvement with the crowd was remarkable, as they provided an impromptu question-and-answer session with the crowd during the encore.
During their final song of the night, “Dear Maria, Count Me In,” a little boy was invited to the stage and was given a piggy-back ride from Barakat.
At the very end of the show, All Time Low expressed their love for the fans and thanked the crowd again for coming out to support them.
“Thank you all so much,” Gaskarth said.
“You’ve been amazing. Absolutely amazing.”
The Slate’s Chief copy editor Lauren Miscavage asked All Time Low band members about touring, albums and their influences.
Q: Can you describe the creative process between your early albums to your more recent albums?
Alex Gaskarth: The writing process has been fairly similar throughout with the exception of a couple albums where I wrote some songs with co-writers. Also, there was a process on two of the records where we split up the production of songs with multiple producers. We wanted to try and learn as much as we can from people and one of the big things that ended up happening was in a couple of the cases, we didn’t either have it was scheduling or a budget that just never lined up for us to get the one person we really wanted to do the project.
Jack Barakat: Mainly because we didn’t really want to be off the road because that’s where we belong. We would rather split it up and be on the road for most of the year.
Q: What would you say was your No. 1 song that gained the most recognition in your musical journey?
JB: I think [the song] “Weightless.” “Dear Maria” was really big for us; it was our first real single, but I think “Weightless” took us to the next level.
Q: You’ve been on a lot of tours since you have established yourselves as a band. Who is your favorite band you’ve toured with so far?
AG: I’d say it’s really hard to pick one, but the Fall Out Boy Tour really stands out to me. We were still fairly green at that point, and those guys took us under their wing and took care of us on that tour. The way they treated us was something that resonated with us for a long time, and since we’ve gotten into the headlining shows, we’ve carried it with us.
Q: In what ways have bands like Blink-182 directly inspired your music?
AG: Between them and Green Day for me was when I saw their DVD, but their little documentary that they put out showed me the light on a band that takes their career and their music seriously, but not necessarily themselves seriously.
Q: You just released “Don’t Panic.” What else can we look forward to seeing from you guys?
AG: A lot of touring. We’re going to be on the road a lot. We are home for the holidays now but starting in January, we’re going to be traveling the world for the majority of next year. I think there will be a couple of exciting releases at some point, but it’s too early in the game to talk about now. We have a lot of cool things lined up like music videos and some interesting things.
Editor’s Note: The Q&A session was not done solely by The Slate. Other SU student media groups asked questions featured as well. The event was hosted by SU’s APB.