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Music: All Time Low
Left to right: Rian, Jack, Alex and Zack
im 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 four full-length albums and three E Ps at current, as well as a DVD documentary filmed on tour.

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)

Tropes featured in All Time Low:

  • 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!"
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: "Bad Enough For You".
  • Breakup Song: A brutal one is "Break Your Little Heart".
  • The Alcoholic: "Stella" is about Stella Artois - THE BEER, not a girl.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: The song Noel is about Lisa (her middle name is Noel), Jack's ex-girlfriend whom was cheating on him with Alex until Jack walked in on them one day.
    • Lisa actually jossed this on her blog, the song has nothing to do with her.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Jack, Alex, and Rian seem to be this. Zack has his moments, but Jack is really out there sometimes.
    • At the end of a recent 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.
  • Cover Version: They started out as a Music/Blink182 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".
  • 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".
  • Growing Up Sucks: The song "Weightless" is about not wanting to grow-up and stay young, among other things.
  • 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.
  • The One That Got Away: "Remembering Sunday".
  • Long Runner Lineup: 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.
  • Love Nostalgia Song: "Circles".
  • Opposites Attract: Or as "Just The Way I'm Not" likes to say, "opposites distract."
  • New Sound Album: "Dirty Work". Although "Don't Panic" reverts the change somewhat.
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Coffeeshop Soundtrack", "Hometown Heroes, National Nobodies", "The Girl's a Straight-Up Hustler", and a couple others.
  • Parody: The video for "Poppin'" 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
  • Product Placement: For Rockstar energy drink in the "I Feel Like Dancin'" video. Lampshaded by being as blatant about it as possible.
  • 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 favourite film Home Alone.
    • Also "Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass" a bonus song from Dirty Work, is a shout out the same movie.
  • 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.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Blink182, 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.
  • Stealth Parody / Parody Retcon: "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.
  • Take That Me: The video for Weightless features a number of fans giving Take Thats to the band.
  • 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."
  • 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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