Almost a year later exactly, I got the chance to catch All Time Low again.
As far as pop punk bands go, All Time Low would rank on my list as one of the upper echelon bands as top tier. Starting with “Dear Maria, Count Me In” they’ve always been a staple band in my life, though I never went super deep into their back catalogue before last year when I first saw them live.
The combination of catchy tunes, impeccable live production values, and just all around good vibes put them up top on my list of favorites shows last year, that time taking place at Palace Theater across town. This year’s show was at Myth, which I still think is way smaller than Palace theater, but apparently has about twice the capacity according to a couple of the staff people I asked. Maybe that’s why it has felt packed like sardines at times to me. Nevertheless, this show with the balcony closed off, felt like a way more intimate showing than last time, which was a bit of a shock but a welcome change. The energy and banter between lead singer Alex Gaskarth and guitarist Jack Barakat throughout were still there and incredibly enjoyable. It was a party the whole time
Gnash was the very first opener and ended his set with me being pretty impressed. I’m usually not so into hip hop and rap as a whole, but Gnash is an absolute exception to that. His message of inclusion and you’re not alone in this life and throughout his set was heartwarming and just for that alone I hope he gets bad. The world can always use more people trying to spread positivity.
All Time Low did disappoint me by not playing Return the Favor and Oh, Calamity again. Those are by far my favorite songs of theirs. I guess I’ll just have to keep going to their shows until they do and settle with “Backseat Serenade” and “Therapy”. Darn!