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This review is going to take a bit of a different route and is more personal than anything Stork Music has ever done. It’s more of an editorial review, which we try to shy away from, but we hope it’s something different that you can relate to.

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For those who aren’t familiar, welcome. I’m Thuy Lan (say it like twee-lawn), editor of Stork Music. For the past three years, All Time Low has played a show on or around the time of my birthday in cities near where I lived. For life up until two years ago, that was Milwaukee. For all those years, I never went because something was always in my way. This year looked like it would be no different.

I made an 1800 mile move across the country from a suburban Wisconsin town to the desert oven of a city, also known as Phoenix. My 20th birthday was approaching, and like clockwork, All Time Low was planning a fall tour.

Alex Gaskarth.  Marquee. Tempe, AZ. Photo credit Kyra Wennersten.

For a while, I’d been contemplating reaching out to All Time Low for some concert coverage, but always stopped myself, worried that Stork didn’t have a wide enough audience to be considered, or that a blog wouldn’t be credible enough for a band that was selling out cross continental tours.  And as every other year, All Time Low was playing a show in Milwaukee the week of my birthday.  But I was in Phoenix.

What was different about this year was an email I received, asking if I would be interested in doing some coverage on some band called All Time Low. I thought maybe this would finally be the year, where I finally got to see All Time Low in concert for my birthday. Three years of missed birthday concerts was coming to an end—in a horribly bittersweet way.

In the car on the way to the Marquee (Tempe, AZ), I knew for some reason this didn’t just feel different, it was different. For the first time in three years, I was letting someone else take the photographs [shout out to my amazing roommate and friend, Kyra Wennersten for her incredible pictures and being my voice of reason at times], and watch the show from the crowd. Since Stork was created two years ago, I had been watching from the pit or from side stage. I hadn’t realized how much of a dissonance there had been between actually experiencing a concert and covering it for the site.  Standing near the back of the crowd, I heard countless screams and gossip about the bands that were playing, and that was when I knew.  I had grown up.  Kids were talking about how their parents were going to pick them up after the show and how they hadn’t done their American history projects yet.  Some were exploiting their freedom to spew profanity without parental disdain as a consequence, shouting things like “OH MY GOD, I’m so GOD DAMN excited for this F**KING BAND to play my favorite F**KING SONG like F**KING EVER, you guys F**K.”

Jack Barakat. Marquee. Tempe, AZ. Photo credit Kyra Wennersten.

Seeing Hit The Lights brought back memories of my first Warped Tour, and hearing The Summer Set’s signature line about monsters in beds had me reminiscing of the AP Tour.  When All Time Low took the stage amidst deafening screams and a rhythmic cult-like “All-Time-Low” chant, I knew it would be my last show as a teenager.

Anyone who has ever seen All Time Low perform live knows that it’s high energy, fun, and wildly inappropriate.  They put on one of the most visually appealing shows with coordinated lighting—Peter Pan green for ‘Somewhere In Neverland’ and Ravens purple during ‘For Baltimore.’  Fun banter between front man Alex Gaskarth and guitarist Jack Barakat always evokes screams, whether the conversation is about Alex getting frisky with drummer Rian Dawson’s mom, or how sexy the band members are.

ATL played a handful of classic hits like ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In,’ ‘Poppin’ Champagne,’ ‘Remembering Sunday’ and ‘Jasey Rae.’  But it was their new track off Don’t Panic that got to me.  ‘Somewhere In Neverland’ sparked a train of thought—I’d been like Peter Pan.  I didn’t want to grow up.  But it didn’t really matter what I wanted, I knew from that moment it was inevitable.  What I also knew that from the genuine smiles on the face of every member on stage was that they were happy, doing exactly what they wanted.  I knew that I wanted what they had.  I’m doing that right now with Stork Music (though I’m not getting paid for it, boo) and I hope that in growing up, I’ll find that I can do what I love.

Alex Gaskarth, Zack Merrick. Marquee. Tempe, AZ. Photo credit Kyra Wennersten.

Seeing All Time Low then and now, I have watched them progress and grow into a band that’s matured lyrically and instrumentally and they continually put their all into every album and every show they play.  When I think of a band that defined my adolescence and growing up, it won’t be the Backstreet Boys or *Nsync.  Looking back, it will always be ATL—crying over boys while ‘Therapy’ played through my earphones, dancing to ‘Damned If I Do Ya’ in my room and watching almost every classic Disney movie after listening to ‘Somewhere in Neverland.’  I can safely say that All Time Low put on an amazing show, like they always do.

Thank you all for your support of Stork Music.  Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions at all.

Love,

Thuy Lan

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After parting ways with Interscope Records, All Time Low is returning to Hopeless and releasing a new album this fall! We couldn’t be more excited to know that some good old Blink 182, Simple Plan -esque punk pop will be here for our listening pleasure.  You can preorder the album, but for now enjoy the track list and let your imagination speculate what they’ll sound like!

Courtesy of Big Picture Media press release

The record comes out October 9th, make sure you’re ready for it!

01.  The Reckless and the Brave

02.  Backseat Serenade

03.  If These Sheets Were States

04.  Somewhere in Neverland

05.  So Long Soldier

06.  The Irony of Choking on a Lifesaver

07.  To Live and Let Go

08.  Outlines

09.  Thanks to You

10.  For Baltimore

11.  Paint You Wings

12.  So Long, and Thanks For All The Booze

Also check out the dates for their fall tour here!

So to all of you who are saddened by the end of Warped Tour, good news!  Former and current Warped Tour bands All Time Low, The Summer Set, The Downtown Fiction and Hit The Lights are embarking on a tour sure to draw allllll the ladies out in droves probably waving bras and marriage proposals this fall.  The tour will probably also attract jealous boyfriends of said bra-weilding, screaming ladies and closet fans who pretend they were dragged along. It’s OKAY to be in love with all of them…Right?  The All Time Low has a Hustler club presale with a CD preorder. Check out the dates and try to contain your excitement when you see they’re coming to your town.

Fri Oct 12 **                        Sayreville, NJ                                    Starland Ballroom

Sat Oct 13 **                       Rochester, NY                                  Water Street Music Hall

Sun Oct 14 **                      Cincinnati, OH                                   Bogart’s

Mon Oct 15                         Cleveland, OH                                   House of Blues

Tue Oct 16                          Chicago, IL                                        House of Blues

Wed Oct 17                        Detroit, MI                                           St. Andrews Hall

Sun Oct 21                         Milwaukee, WI                                    The Rave

Mon Oct 22                        Minneapolis, MN                                 First Avenue

Tue Oct 23                         Omaha, NE                                        Slowdown

Wed Oct 24                        Denver, CO                                       Summit Music Hall

Fri Oct 26                           Boise, ID                                            Knitting Factory

Sat Oct 27                          Portland, OR                                     Hawthorne Theatre

Sun Oct 28                         Seattle, WA                                       El Corazon

Tue Oct 30                         San Francisco, CA                           The Fillmore

Wed Oct 31                        West Hollywood, CA                        House of Blues

Thu Nov 1                           San Diego, CA                                 House of Blues

Fri Nov 2                             Anaheim, CA                                    House of Blues

Sat Nov 3                            Las Vegas, NV                                 House of Blues

Sun Nov 4                           Tempe, AZ                                       The Marquee

Tue Nov 6                           Houston, TX                                     House of Blues

Wed Nov 7                          Dallas, TX                                        House of Blues

Fri Nov 9                             Jacksonville, FL                               Freebird Live

Sat Nov 10                         Ft. Lauderdale, FL                             Revolution

Sun Nov 11                        Lake Buena Vista, FL                       House of Blues

Tues Nov 13                       Atlanta, GA                                      The Masquerade

Wed Nov 14                       Carrboro, NC                                   Cat’s Cradle

Thu Nov 15                        Norfolk, VA                                      The Norva

Fri Nov 16                          Allentown, PA                                  Crocodile Rock Café

Sat Nov 17                        Philadelphia, PA                               Theatre of the Living Arts

Sun Nov 18                       New York, NY                                  Irving Plaza

Tues Nov 20                     Hartford, CT                                     Webster Theater

Wed Nov 21                      Boston, MA                                      Paradise Rock Club

Fri Nov 23                         Baltimore, MD                                  Rams Head Live

  **Means The Early November will be filling in for The Summer Set.

Grab your tickets soon, and we’ll see you there, loves!  Don’t go too crazy.

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01. Do You Want Me (Dead)?

02.  I Feel Like Dancin’

03.  Forget About It

04.  Guts

05.  Time-bomb

06.  Just The Way I’m Not

07.  Under a Paper Moon

08.  Return the Favor

09.  No Idea

10.  A Daydream Away

11.  That Girl

12.  Heroes

13.  Get Down On Your Knees and Tell Me You Love Me

14.  My Only One

15.  Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass

16.  Bad Enough for You (iTunes)