They say love you’s are meaningful moments and are hard honesties to admit, but the rate Alex Gaskarth was throwing them around was like speaking a fluent language. Adolescent antics of nipple tissue showing tantalising tantrum throwing with additions of alcoholic beverages waving aimlessly in the air by underage looking adults amongst the audience, All Time Low was six feet under the poppin’ production and stellar sounds of exultant ecstatic elements and reminiscent ravenous rock of Last Young Renegade and So Wrong It’s Right.
The Baltimore band began their 5 date UK tour commencing in Glasglow SECC on the 12th and closing in London’s Alexandra Palace last St Patricks Day Saturday. In the midsts of the Maryland quartets significant announcement of their stint of Summer appearances on the last Vans Warped Tour, presently The Young Renegades Tour took to Ally Pally during a windswept winter wonderland in support of the 80’s influenced, darker toned, energetic banger euphoria 2017 record release.
An introduction of cautionary concepts of mild explicit references curtesy of Jack Barakat, dubbed the Ellen of pop-punk and instigator of creature mating between a crowd sourced inflatable dinosaur and alien to create a cross breed Dinalien, for the four pieces sophomore effort setlist. Breaking the mould as one half of their own support act in conjunction with Brit band Creeper in celebration of their decade old So Wrong It’s Right Album. “We’re All Time Low from 2008” observes frontier Gaskarth as gravelly guitars in ‘The Beach’ boast about hitting the high road, getting arrested and lively living life. A complete contrast, red bandanna rocking Alex embraced centre stage on his lonesome to a 10,000 strong crowd for ballad ‘Remembering Sunday’, a real audience swayer with Gaskarth’s velvet voice bouncing off the walls at Ally Pally as the frontman silvery sweetly sings “Have you seen this girl?/ She’s been running through my dreams/ And it’s driving me crazy, it seems/ I’m going to ask her to marry me” unlike Barakat’s emo screaming sounds, summed up by the 29 year old as “Feeling like Pete Wentz”.
“A rock show works better here” Essex born Alex proclaims as the band brace the stage for the second instalment for the main set. A plethora of phenomenal production reflected a perceptible lustre of lights of each and every colour combination in the somber song ‘Drugs and Candy’, as eerie echoed effects integrated Gaskarth’s microphone in ‘Nice2KnoU’ leaving a ripple of reverb as he hums “One more time for second chances/ We just wanna do some damage”. Slowing the setlist significantly, meaningful fan messages of friendship, togetherness and interrelation illuminated in the famous Future Hearts logo lit the vibrant blue tones before ‘Missing You’ melted into an acoustic atmosphere and moving melodies, only to be short lived as Nothing Personal core classic ‘Weightless’ irrupted into a fast paced frenzy of energy, charisma and head banging hoards to be topped with an All Time Low tradition of friends on unsteady shoulders of fellow friends for ‘Somethings Gotta Give’.
An appraisal for Rian Dawson’s endless good looks, warm exchanges of embraces between Alex Gaskarth and Zach Merrick plus Jack Barakat’s explicit endurance. All Time Low proved that late 2000’s pop-punk was somewhat still surviving and thriving by the end of its strings, only to be pelted out of the palace by a set of spectacular sights, a euphoric environment and masterful music narrowed into a nutshell as Gaskarth gasps “This is so much fun guys thank you”.
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