The scream when lead singer Alex Gaskarth asked who in the Edinburgh crowd had been to see the band before was impressive. The scream that followed when he then asked who was seeing the group for the first time, though, was arguably even more so.
All Time Low have been going for 12 years now. They’ve released six studio albums. The fact that they’re still not only staying relevant and selling out gigs around the world, but actually attracting a whole new generation of fans as well, is something to be seriously commended.
Now, we didn’t have our decibel metre out – and yes, we did just Google “what do you use to measure noise” – but the screams after each of Alex’s enquiries above were near enough exactly the same. Who knows, maybe teenage girls were doing that thing where they scream after everything the dude on stage says, even if they inadvertently end up answering his question wrongly and confusing our poll with their shenanigans...
The Balitmore-quartet opened with Satellite, and the song, as well as later tracks from the album, Runaways, Tidal Waves, and Missing You were reverberated back word for word by the majority of the crowd. Catchy-as-hell singles Something’s Gotta Give and Kids in the Dark from ‘Futurehearts’ were amongst the best received songs of the night. For good reason too – they’re catchy as hell.
It was no surprise that the concert was a giant sing-a-long of course – it was always going to be – but many of what would be considered All Time Low’s greatest hits and fans favourites are from their earlier albums, the likes of ‘Nothing Personal’ and ‘So Wrong, It’s Right’.
It’s a credit to All Time Low that they're still gaining new support ten years after releasing their debut album. It’s even more of a credit that they don’t look like slowing down any time soon.
But the ‘Futurehead’ singles went down as well as any. Possibly the reason being that while some bands insist on drastically changing their style from album to album, All Time Low have stuck to their winning formula throughout their career, and without fail seem to produce at least two or three – sometimes many more – absolute anthems from each album they release.
They’ve certainly not changed in mentality either. The fans were on the stage for ‘Dirty Work’ hit Time Bomb, they joked about with the crowd as they always do, banged into ‘500 Miles’ by the Proclaimers even for a chorus, and yes, guitarist Jack Barakat weirdly enough maintained his tradition of playing most of the set with a bra on his head.
It’s a credit to All Time Low that they are still gaining new support ten years after the release of their debut album, and it’s even more of a credit to say that judging by the reception of their latest album on the live stage, they don’t look like they’re slowing down any time soon.