All Time Low

All Time Low
All Time Low. Photo by Paul Zimmerman / Getty Images

All Time Low Formation

The pop punk band All Time Low formed in Towson, Maryland, a suburb of Batlimore, in 2003. Lead vocalist Alex Gaskarth, former member of a cover band named Crew Fighters, and guitarist Jack Barakat put the group together and recruited drummer Rian Dawson and bassist Zack Merrick. Vocalist Alex Gaskarth is also the group's primary songwriter. He was born in the UK and moved to the US at age seven.

 The band's name came from a line in the song "Head On Collision" by the group New Found Glory. Early on All Time Low mostly performed covers of songs by bands like Green Day, blink-182, and New Found Glory.

First Contract and Album

All Time Low's first recording contract came with indie label Emerald Moon in 2004 when the group members were still in high school. Their first release was an EP titled The Three Words to Remember in Dealing with the End. A full-length album The Party Scene followed in 2005. It was produced by Paul Leavitt.

All Time Low Signs to Hopeless Records

Just months before band members graduated from high school, All Time Low signed to national indie label Hopeless Records in 2006. Their first release was an EP titled Put Up or Shut Up which included mostly re-recorded versions of songs from their Emerald Moon album. The EP broke into the Billboard Heatseeker album chart at #12.

In the summer of 2007, All Time Low took part in the Vans Warped Tour. They released the album So Wrong, It's Right in September 2007. All Time Low began to steadily rise in the ranks of national pop punk bands. The single "Dear Maria, Count Me In" broke into national pop charts and So Wrong, It's Right peaked at #62 on the overall album chart.

 The group received strong support from MTV and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live in the spring of 2008.

Discography

  • 2004 - The Three Words to Remember in Dealing with the End EP
  • 2005 - The Party Scene Album
  • 2006 - Put Up or Shut Up EP
  • 2007 - So Wrong, It's Right Album
  • 2009 - Nothing Personal Album
  • 2011 - Dirty Work Album
  • 2012 - Don't Panic Album
  • 2015 - Future Hearts Album

All Time Low Touring

All Time Low made their name largely through extensive touring and their fun, energetic performance style. After joining the annual Vans Warped Tour for the first time in 2007, the group toured with bands such as Cobra Starship and Mayday Parade. All Time Low joined the Vans Warped Tour again in 2008. The group joined Fall Out Boy as an opening act on the 2009 The Believers Never Die Part Deux tour. All Time Low appeared in the Vans Warped Tour again in the summer of 2009.

Chart Success

All Time Low first broke into national charts when the EP Put Up or Shut Up broke into the Indie top 20 in 2006. The following album So Wrong, It's Right broke into the top 100 of the overall album chart in 2007. It included "Dear Maria, Count Me In," the band's first song to reach the pop singles chart. The band released three singles from the album Nothing Personal.

The second "Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don't)" became All Time Low's first single to hit the Billboard Hot 100. Nothing Personal peaked at #4 on the album chart. It was a #1 hit on both the rock and alternative albums charts. Alternative Press named All Time Low "Band Of the Year" for 2008.

Major Label

In the fall of 2009, All Time Low announced that the had signed a contract with major label Interscope. The album Dirty Work was released in June 2011. It received mixed critical reviews but still reached #6 on the overall album chart and topped the alternative and rock album charts. The single "I Feel Like Dancin'" broke into mainstream top 40 radio. 

Lead vocalist Alex Gaskarth stated that the album was titled Dirty Work to recognize there is a lot of "dirty work" in the course of the band making music which they love.

He mentioned specifically the time the band is required to spend away from loved ones. 

Return To Hopeless Records

Despite their success with pop audiences, All Time Low returned to indie label Hopeless Records for their fifth studio album Don't Panic released in 2012. It was designed to pull together the best elements of all of their previous work. Instead of focusing on new outside influences, the group decided to focus on themselves and the music that had pleased them and their audiences. The album received positive reviews and debuted at #6 on the overall album chart like their previous set. It also reached the top 10 in the UK. The song "Outlines" was co-written with Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. A re-release of the album titled Don't Panic: It's Longer Now peaked at #19 on the album chart. "A Love Like War," the lead single from the reissue, was written and performed with Vic Fuentes of the band Pierce the Veil.

Future Hearts

It was over 2 1/2 years before All Time Low's next album Future Hearts appeared. However, the group's fans were eagerly waiting for them. The new music featured guest artists Mark Hoppus of legendary pop-punk band blink-182 and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte. The new album hit the band's highest chart position yet at #2 and the biggest sales week moving 75,000 copies in the first week of release. They hit the top of the UK album chart with Future Hearts. The single "Something's Gotta Give" was a rock radio hit peaking at #14. Future Hearts earned a nomination for Album of the Year at the Alternative Press Awards.

The song "Missing You" earned a nomination for Best Track at the Kerrang! Awards.

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