2011 was the year that I saw All Time Low for the first time at the O2 Academy. Five years later and I was standing in the Hydro jumping around like a lunatic to ‘Lost In Stereo’ for the 6th time. I’m not shy in letting the world know that this pop/punk four-piece are my favourite band, and artist in general, to see live. With the exception of their co-headliner with You Me At Six last year, I have seen them every time they have came to Scotland – be it Glasgow or Edinburgh – since that first cold January evening.
With this being their first ever headlining arena tour on their own, I had high hopes for the show to be bigger and better than before. I was not disappointed.
Prior to the quartet’s performance, Against The Current and Good Charlotte took to the stage. I’m a huge ATC fan and this was my second time seeing them live. The thing with support acts is that usually they’re unknown to the audience so nobody goes too crazy. I was loving it though! However, their cover of ‘Uptown Funk’ did get everyone moving. After a brief interval, Good Charlotte continued the pop/punk party. This was their first time on tour in five years but they certainly proved that they still had it, performing their classic hits and their brand new single, ‘Makeshift Love.’
Then it was time. The main act of the evening. Opening with ‘Kids In The Dark’ complete with pyrotechnics, fans knew they were going to be in for a treat. The setlist consisted of 9 out of 13 tracks on their latest album, ‘Future Hearts.’ Alongside the opener, ‘Dancing With A Wolf,’ ‘Runaways,’ ‘Tidal Waves,’ ‘Don’t You Go’ and ‘Old Scars/Future Hearts’ were all included. Joel Madden from Good Charlotte helped write and features on the track ‘Bail Me Out,’ so naturally he returned to the stage to perform it alongside frontman, Alex Gaskarth. ‘Missing You’ was also played and the lead single from the album, ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ featured in the encore.
An ATL show would not be complete without the fan favourites of course. Among the newer tracks, fans were blessed with the throwback factor with the likes of ‘A Love Like War,’ ‘Backseat Serenade,’ ‘Lost In Stereo’ and ‘Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t).’ The usual mid-show slow down wasn’t forgotten about either with the meaningful ‘Therapy’ which is always one of my personal highlights of an All Time Low show. Two older classics were also played much to the satisfaction of fans – ‘Poppin’ Champagne’ and ‘The Girl’s A Straight-Up Hustler.’
Gaskarth’s vocals were on point and the usual banter between him and guitarist, Jack Barakat, left the audience wanting more. Not to mention the fact that Jack strut his stuff along the ‘catwalk’ wearing a bright pink bra. Fans weren’t satisfied with 15 songs. After the typical Scottish chanting of ‘HERE WE, HERE WE, HERE WE FUCKING GO,’ the band burst back on stage with the classic ‘Weightless’ followed by ‘Something’s Gotta Give,’ a short cover of ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ by the Proclaimers and their go-to closing track, ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In.’
These four lads from Baltimore, Maryland never fail to leave me disappointed. The only thing I would change about the show would be to throw ‘Stella’ and ‘Time Bomb’ back into the setlist. But I’m reluctant to complain since my two favourites from the ‘Future Hearts’ album were included – ‘Dancing With A Wolf’ and ‘Old Scars/Future Hearts.’
One thing is for certain: I am more than ready to see this band again.