All Time Low
Only two days after their latest CD Nothing Personal hit stores, All Time Low hit the road, kicking off a mini tour at The National in Richmond. Along for the ride was Cartel, We The Kings, and Virginia Beach natives Days Difference. A very solid line up and in many ways a sneak peak to the Vans Warped Tour that both All Time Low and We The Kings will join in mid July.
The packed house at the National was not let down. The show kicked off with newly signed Universal Motown artists Days Difference. The Virginia Beach natives took advantage of the almost hometown crowd, which was obvious with many fans vocally showing their excitement as Days took to the stage. However, outside those clusters of fans, Days Difference were virtual unknowns to the majority of the remaining crowd. This made their short set even more impressive as they seemed to maintain everyones attention throughout its entirety. Proof could be seen by the lines of fans around the bands merch table after their set. Days Difference new CD is set to drop sometime late summer/early fall and if the crowd reaction is any indicator then great things are in their future.
Cartel and We The Kings put on impressive sets as well. Both bands have been somewhat M.I.A. over the last year, but this didn't seem to matter to the packed crowd at the National. Luckily, neither band used their time on stage to test out tons of new unfamiliar songs. Both sets relied heavily on the songs that earned them the fans to begin with. Neither set was out of the ordinary, but both delivered and did exactly what an opening band is supposed to do: keep the crowd pumped, excited, and ready for the headliner.
Despite having three opening acts, the show moved along at a quick pace and there was plenty of energy left as All Time Low took to the stage. On the surface All Time Low would appear to be relative newbies on the music scene. The band was started in 2003 by lead singer Alex Gaskarth and guitarist Jack Barakat. Soon bassist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson were added and in 2004 they released their first EP. Their first studio album came out in 2005. The next year (2006) the guys graduated from high school and put out their first release with Hopeless Records entitled Put Up Or Shut Up. 2007 marked their second release on Hopeless entitled So Wrong, It's Right. It debuted at number 62 on the Billboard 200 chart. Throw in endless touring and fast forward two years and you'd be at the National just two days after their latest CD Nothing Personal dropped. For longtime fans of ATL, all the normal penis jokes and high school humor were still in tact, however a noticeably tighter sound and stage presence made their set stand out vastly from past shows. They have seemingly found the perfect balance between being new professionals in the field without loosing the youthful fun vibe that got them there in the first place. The band has never seemed to loose the ability to poke fun of themselves. References to themselves as "All Time Blow" in their video for the first single Weightless is proof of just that.
So far so good for ATL. Nothing Personal, who was co produced by Blink bassist Mark Hoppus among others, debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 charts, making it their highest ranking release thus far. Love them or hate them, All Time Low seem to be here to stay for a while. They will spend the rest of the summer on the Vans Warped Tour and then hop on a few dates with Blink 182 in the fall.