Music / All Time Low

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Left to right: Rian, Alex, Jack, & Zack
I'm new to this band...
help me please with the band members and everything..
— ThrashUnreal1000
All Time Low likes bras. If you ever go to their concerts throw bras up on the stage.
— Taylorisnowhere via YouTube

All Time Low is a Pop Punk band band hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, formed in 2003 with four members; Alexander (Alex) Gaskarth (rhythm guitarist, vocals,) Jack Barakat (lead guitar, backing vocals,) Rian Dawson (drums,) and Zachary (Zack) Merrick (bassist, back vocals.) They're most known for their singles "Weightless," "Damned If I Do 'Ya," and "Dear Maria, Count Me In," and have released 7 full-length albums, 5 E Ps, & 2 live albums at current, as well as 2 DVD documentaries filmed on tours.

Discography:

  • The Three Words To Remember In Dealing With The End (EP) (2004)
  • The Party Scene (2005)
  • Put Up Or Shut Up (EP) (2006)
  • So Wrong, It's Right (2007)
  • Nothing Personal (2009)
  • The All Time Low Live EP, exclusive to iTunes (2009)
  • Dirty Work (2011)
  • Don't Panic (2012)
  • Future Hearts (2015)
  • Last Young Renegade (2017)

Tropes featured in All Time Low:

  • Album Filler: Some people have sighted some songs on Dirty Work and Future Hearts as this and a majority of Last Young Renegade this. Averted on pretty much every other album.
  • Album Title Drop: There's a song called 'The Party Scene' in The Party Scene, and Put Up or Shut Up comes from the song 'Break Out! Break Out!'
    • The title for Nothing Personal comes from the song 'Break Your Little Heart.'
    • Future Hearts has the song 'Old Scars/Future Hearts,' which contains the lyric, "We got scars on our Future Hearts."
      • Ironically, had the song 'Take Cover' been included on Future Hearts, it would've had the lyric, "Take cover from our future hears."
    • Last Young Renegade has the line, "You were my last young renegade heart," right in the first song on the album: 'Last Young Renegade.'
  • The Alcoholic: 'Stella' is about Stella Artois - THE BEER, not a girl.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: 'Bad Enough For You.'
  • Anti-Love Song: 'Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass' happens to be both this and an Anti-Christmas Song.
  • Bowdlerize: Arguably for their cover of 'Longview' by Green Day. The main verses are handled well, but when they get to the choruses, they for some reason slow it down in the instrumentation and cut out the guitar to a degree. The song's a Punk song about boredom and masterbation, yet they tried to turn it into a ballad sing-along. No, just no. This is also a band who usually does covers well too.
  • Break-Up Song: 'Break Your Little Heart' is a pretty brutal one.
  • B-Side: 'Caroline' and 'Take Cover' were written and recorded during the Future Hearts sessions, but left off the record. 'Caroline' sounds more like something from their first few albums, so that makes sense, but 'Take Cover' could've replaced a song like 'The Edge of Tonight' and no one would've cared. They were eventually released on their second live album as bonus tracks.
  • Can't Take Criticism: If you ever try to discuss the shortcomings of some of their work with Alex, beware that he can come off as this. Admittedly, he does try to keep things pretty positive, but even the most constructive of criticisms you may have can be taken by him to mean that you're saying everyone should think the way you do, or that your opinion is law, even when you haven't said anything of the sort, or you say the opposite. Remember, you learn more from criticism than you do praise, Alex. It's certainly weird because they've made songs that are filled with criticisms of others, so he comes off as a bit hypocritical.
    • Also, their fans. Good god, their fans. At least the ones you can run into on places like YouTube comment sections, or social media. Being made up of a hefty Vocal Minority of teenage fangirls, this is a given.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Jack, Alex, and Rian seem to be this. Zack has his moments, but Jack is really out there sometimes.
    • At the end of an interview, Alex pretended that the camera was a lion and then started trying to push it back with his stool. He also tried to whip the camera.
    • In a Five Minute Interview on Zune, Alex says something along the lines of, "Yeah, Dirty Work is gonna be a great album, I think! It's really the kind of music you and your friends can dance naked to in the front yard."
    • Basically, if they're on camera outside of performing, you can guarantee they'll all show shades of this at one time or another.
  • Concept Album: Last Young Renegade is this. In Alex's own words, "[Last Young Renegade] is a collection of songs written from the perspective ... of the different versions of me that other people might have met over the years, through the ups and downs, in the public eye and behind closed doors. I gave those other sides of me a persona, and a name, and The Last Young Renegade was born."
    • However, this is definitely a very loose case of this, as the concept of the songs being from the many different points of view he's had is a bit lost when looking at the songs themselves and how the lyrics are written. There's not really a central idea or message that the album is trying to convey and a lot of the songs sound disconnected from one another. Compare it to Green Day's Rock Opera American Idiot, which is also a concept album, but has a centralized story and some messages that the songs convey throughout the album and actually make a mostly cohesive whole and an enjoyable experience the whole way through.
  • Cover Version: They started out as a blink-182 cover band, and several covers of their songs can be found on YouTube. They also covered Fall Out Boy's 'Tell Mick That He Just Made My List of Things To Do Today'. They have a lot of cover videos posted to Hopeless' YouTube channel, even one for Limp Bizkit of all people.
  • Epic Fail: Just watch this video. First Alex says he doesn't partially remember how 'Let It Roll' goes, then he doesn't remember, at all, how 'The Beach' goes in the lyrical department or the guitar part. Then, when he finally does, he immediately stops the band playing because he doesn't remember that the first verse was very short and it goes right into the first chorus of the song when the crowd sings it right, claiming that they didn't know how the song either, yet they did. Give your crowds of teenage girls some credit, Alex!
  • Friends with Benefits: 'Party Song (The Walk of Shame)' is all about this with one (or both) of them wanting more, but not willing to tell each other.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: 'Stella' is the most love song-esque song that you will ever hear about beer.
    • The aforementioned 'Dear Maria, Count Me In' isn't a cute love song to a girl. It's about a stripper in the boys' hometown; you'd never know without watching the video, either.
    • 'Coffee Shop Soundtrack' is about an affair Alex had with a married woman.
    • 'Damned If I Do Ya, Damned If I Don't' also refers to the same affair.
  • Grief Song: 'Lullabies' is a tribute to Alex Gaskarth's older brother, who committed suicide in 2004. Alex has stated that he blamed himself for awhile because it happened after they had gotten into an argument.
  • Growing Up Sucks: The song 'Weightless' is about not wanting to grow-up and stay young, among other things.
    • A few songs from Last Young Renegade seem to have shades of this.
  • History Repeats: All Time Low signed to an overtly Pop label after two hit albums and a live album/DVD/documentary at Hopeless Records and went more Pop than they usually go, or maybe should've, resulting in a divisive album that isn't sitting well with certain parts of their fanbase. Now, am I describing Dirty Work, or Last Young Renegade?
  • Intercourse with You: 'Afterglow' is probably the sweetest song about sex after The All-American Rejects' song 'Dance Inside.'
  • Lemon Fic: Several notorious (and extremely sexually explicit) fanfics have been written about the band's members by fans. Perhaps most notorious are the so-called "carrot fic", "the knife fic" and "the milk fic". Needless to say, not safe for work and if you're of a more sensitive disposition, not safe for life. There are also waaaay more "vanilla" fics that don't draw nearly as much attention as those three.
  • Limited Animation: Every. Single. Video. For. Their. Non-music video songs. From. Don't Panic. Seriously, every upload of those songs on Hopeless Records' YouTube page has the exact same animation in the exact same order, just timed slightly differently with the tempos of each.
  • Long-Runner Line-up: Type 1; the band has been Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Zack Merrick, and Rian Dawson since their formation in 2003 and they're damn proud of it. They all even have skull tattoos on their necks to commemorate being in the band.
  • Love Nostalgia Song: 'Circles.'
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: They are typically a 3 to 4, with their hardest songs reaching a 5.
  • Mood Whiplash: While Future Hearts may have a few of these, Last Young Renegade has a more obvious one, with 'Nice 2 Kno U,' a song about leaving the past in the past and moving forward coming immediately after 'Good Times,' a song about feeling nostalgic. It's also the only song that's consistent with any of their pre-Future Hearts albums, as it's the only actual Rock song on LYR, not only making it feel out of place in its sorting on the album tracklist, but also the album as a whole, since LYR is composed almost exclusively of 80s-influenced, synth-infused, slow, kind of lethargic, Pop music without as much energy. It almost comes off as them throwing the fans that they knew wouldn't like LYR as a whole a bone, as it's the most stripped-back, straight-forward, energetic song on the album.
    • Even if you liked the song, you have to admit that 'Dirty Laundry' was probably a big one when it was released as a single. Even coming off of Future Hearts, it's, largely, a big step away from what they're known for. Even on the album, the ending minute of the song has them slipping back into what they're known for after a few minutes of nothing but a synth guitar, automated drums, and Alex Gaskarth's voice, implying there was more to come afterwards, which there, largely, wasn't. The fact that it was the first single off LYR and it was the first music video they'd released since Future Hearts pretty much cements that it was intentional on their parts.
  • New Sound Album: Dirty Work. Although Don't Panic reverts the change somewhat.
    • Last Young Renegade full stop. Whereas Dirty Work at least tried to have songs more in-line with the material from the albums before it, LYR just doesn't have more than a few, and even then, it's debatable. Whether it's any good is a source of contention.
  • Non-Appearing Title: 'Coffeeshop Soundtrack,' 'Hometown Heroes, National Nobodies,' 'The Girl's a Straight-Up Hustler,' 'Keep The Change, You Filthy Animal,' 'A Party Song (The Walk of Shame)' and a few others.
  • The One That Got Away: 'Remembering Sunday.'
  • Opposites Attract: Or as 'Just The Way I'm Not' likes to say, "opposites distract."
  • Parody: The video for 'Poppin' Champagne' parodies excess-laden rap videos. Perhaps a bit too well, as the video's MTV premiere led to a scathing review from MTV News' James Montgomery who thought it was completely unironic.
  • Precision F-Strike: From 'Weightless':
    And I'm stuck in this fucking rut
    Waitin' on a second-hand pick-me-up
    • From 'Something's Gotta Give':
    Maybe I'm a fucking waste.
    Filling up the empty space.
    • From 'Life Of The Party'
    You said it's all for a reason.
    Well, what the fuck is the reason now?
  • Product Placement: For Rockstar energy drink in the 'I Feel Like Dancin'' video. Lampshaded by being as blatant about it as possible.
  • Put on a Bus: Many songs from their first 3 albums and first 2 E Ps haven't been played live in years for some reason outside of maybe the occasional one-off, despite many of them still being rather popular with their fans, particularly from their first album and first Hopeless EP. They usually just play either the hits or singles when on tour, which leaves a lot of lost potential in having live versions of those songs with Alex's voice as it is now versus how it was back then. It's being a bit subverted in that they're going to play So Wrong, It's Right in full live for its 10th anniversary in December 2017, but that's only for 3 stops on their tour, though they have been dusting the majority of those songs off for live performances on their Young Renegades tour, but it's far from playing them semi-regularly at the very least.
  • Self-Deprecation: Pete Wentz & Mark Hoppus's cameo in the 'Weightless' video is basically ATL poking fun at the influence Fall Out Boy had on them, and the influence blink-182 had on both bands.
  • Shout-Out: 'Keep The Change, You Filthy Animal' off their third album Nothing Personal is also a quote from Jack's favorite film Home Alone.
    • Also 'Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass' a bonus song from Dirty Work, is a shout out to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, while 'Get Down On your Knees and Tell Me You Love Me' references the first sequel to Home Alone.
  • Something Completely Different: 'Sticks, Stones, And Techno,' their only techno song off their first album.
    • 'Too Much' off of Nothing Personal. While played live, only Alex is present onstage alongside the synth in the background.
    • The video for 'Time-Bomb' is their self-admitted first "serious" music video.
    • All of the music videos for Last Young Renegade are a lot more serious than the majority of the ones before, as are the songs in general. Perhaps too serious, as this page will tell you, since they usually kept things pretty light before that album.
  • Spiritual Successor: To blink-182, in both sound and attitude, although their sound is maturing at a faster rate than blink did. All Time Low never had the same amount of obvious joke songs that blink did, which made 'I Feel Like Dancin'' not as obviously kidding as the band thought it was, a contentious song for the reasons below. Considering it was cowritten with Rivers Cuomo during Weezer's Dork Age, and the jokes feel rather forced, that's not too surprising.
    • Also to Green Day, as their sound has largely remained consistent on most of their albums and the fact that a lot of their catalogue is actually good to listen to, and Fall Out Boy as a lot of their music is based in a mix of high energy Pop Punk and Emo Pop, at least the version of Fall Out Boy from before their hiatus.
  • StealthParody/ParodyRetcon: 'I Feel Like Dancin'.' Made less stealthy by the music video.
  • Take That!:
    • The video for 'Weightless' is basically a prolonged list of Take Thats towards (and not limited to) groupies, Fan Dumb, Hate Dumb, roadies, and themselves.
    • The video for 'I Feel Like Dancin'' issues several Take Thats towards product placement, needless sex appeal, and record label Executive Meddling.
  • Titled After the Song: They got their band name from a New Found Glory song, Head On Collision, which has the line, "it feels like I'm at an all time low."
  • Vocal Evolution: Compare Alex's vocals from their first EP to something on Future Hearts. Over 10 years of singing really helped his vocals to sound better.
    • An even straighter example is that some time in between Nothing Personal and Dirty Work, Alex's voice changed significantly. It got a lot deeper and he got a lot better with his diction and/or singing, to the point that if you hear live versions of the songs from their first 3 albums from their second live album, the difference is stunning with how much better he sounds.
  • Your Cheating Heart: They've made a number of songs about cheating, whether they were doing the cheating or their partner was cheating on someone else, some of which are mentioned above: 'Jasey Rae,' 'Coffee Shop Soundtrack,' 'Noel,' 'Walls.'

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