Originally found in Issue #4


Article by Tyler Long

Most high school seniors manage hitting the books with having a good time as their final days of adolescent innocence tick away. The boys from All Time Low had the chore of managing graduation with an east coast tour schedule.

While certainly not the norm for a group of four 18-year-olds fresh out of the halls of the social sanitarium known as high school, the band is quickly making a name for themselves. Signed to indie label Emerald Moon Records shortly after their formation in 2004, All Time Low recorded their debut EP, “The Three Words to Remember in Dealing with the End,” the same year. They followed up with their first full-length album, “The Party Scene,” in 2005.

The band continued to tour the east coast, playing with bands like Motion City Soundtrack, The Academy Is…, Cartel, Gym Class Heroes and The Early November. The exposure paid off as they were signed to Hopeless Records only months before they said goodbye to four wonderful years of quality education that would certainly benefit them greatly in their future endeavors…or not. Not ones to try out the whole “college thing,” band members Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Zack Merrick and Rian Dawson thought it would be a much better idea to update their style. Now on their new label All Time Low recorded its latest EP, “Put Up or Shut Up.”

The “new” recording did not feature new material from the band, but was an update of some of their older songs. The EP represented a refined sound, and made their older material up to the new standards they had set for themselves.

The band began writing for their first full-length release on Hopeless in ate 2006, but with a whirlwind touring schedule and new opportunity coming up all the time, the record is not slated to come out until the fall of this year. The album will most certainly generate a great amount of anticipation, if it hasn’t already, and many here at SMP see the band breaking out, blowing up and becoming a scene favorite very soon.

Although old and new fans alike will have to wait until late in the year to see what the band is coming up with, their energetic live shows should keep everyone happy in the meantime. All Time Low has been known to put on shows, aside from playing with an energy that reminds you of punk greats Green Day and Blink 182, filled with silly string, beach balls and plenty of crowd surfers.

All Time Low just finished touring with Cute Is What We Aim For & This Providence, but immediately took to the road again with Hit The Lights & Valencia. No doubt the band will have a large following at The Bamboozle in New Jersey when they play on May 6th. The festival has become a veritable who’s who in rock music, and it should yet again be a proving ground for the band.

Needless to say, All Time Low is the new rising stars in the music scene. Their pop-punk sound and amazing stage presence are only two reasons we see them being on everyone’s list of favorites.