All Time Low backstage interview: On growing up on the road, and compromises
Ten years together is a big feat for any band, but to have most of those years be your formative ones is an even bigger feat. Baltimore, Maryland's All Time Low formed while the members were still in high school and began touring full-time right after graduation, earning respect through hard work and talent. Many of the bands in the pop-punk genre have fallen victim to their fans getting older and moving on to different music, but All Time Low has somehow been able to retain their success, acquiring 2.5 million Facebook fans, both young and old.
Jack elaborates, "The whole party vibe with the band is the kind of thing a college kid or older can come and have a good time. Our show's different every night; we try to keep it fresh." Adding to this, Gaskarth says, "Our show is not rehearsed. We know what we're gonna play, but how we get there is sort of open-ended. I think being able to play off the crowd and being able to go in any direction keeps the vibe loose. It makes for a better atmosphere all around. That's the thing about shows. Anyone can buy a record and listen to it, but it's a whole different thing at a live show when you come in and see the people perform the music. Outside of that, you also get a sense of who the people really are. I think that's really important."
Jack in one word describes it as "liberating" to be back at Hopeless, adding, "It just didn't really work all too well at Interscope. They had a different group of people that weren't familiar with the band and didn't really know what to do with a band like us, so we went back to Hopeless who knew us. We were excited to sign [with Interscope], and it didn't end up hurting us, it just didn't really help us, so we decided it was best to leave." The band had enough foresight to know that Interscope was not a right fit for them, with Alex continuing, "Getting stuck in a rut can be a band's demise. We just caught it early. We were fortunate in that sense. We saw the pattern developing, and we got out while we could."
Alex affirms and concludes by saying, "We've never gone too far from what we do. If it does get too hairy, we can always reign it back in. With that said, you can't worry about it too much. You just have to be authentic and write what you want to write, or people will see through it. We've had a taste of that. We've tried to make the compromises with our last record where we took ambitious shots writing towards the top forty radio market. It's not to say I don't like the songs, but I think there were certain people in our fanbase that did see through it, and were like, 'Ok, this feels less genuine than everything else they've ever done.' I think it's important to learn from that."
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