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t’s card-buying season.valentine’s Day is just around the corner; love is the air. In one corner of Baltimore, puppies are even frolicking. But pop-punk trailblazers All Time Low aren’t in the mood for a slow dance with their new furry friends-cometerrorisers. It’s been nearly a year since their sixth studio album, Future Hearts, slammed hard on the accelerator pedal of a career already locked-in at breakneck velocity. Now, despite the smoochy mood surrounding their forthcoming Back To The Future Hearts tour, the quartet are set for their biggest shows to date: one giant UK jaunt comprising arenas that were previously the playground to the heavyweight likes of Metallica, Muse and Led Zeppelin.
For their frontman, Alex Gaskarth, these shows are a chance to thank fans for yet another year of unwavering love.twelve months ago, All Time Low – Alex, plus guitarist Jack Barakat, bassist Zack Merrick, and drummer Rian Dawson – played the same venues, but with a safety net: their performances were bolstered as part of a co-headlining set with You Me At Six.this time, with Future Hearts marked as their most successful album so far, they’re going solo.
“This is another big step for us,” says Alex. “It feels insane. I don’t think we ever imagined that we would be at this level, playing that kind of show.there’s pressure to show up and put on insane gigs, but we’re not sweating the small stuff.the thing about doing that size rooms is that you can go big on production…” Like Kiss? “Yeah, we’re wearing make-up and huge boots. We have armour now,” Alex grins. “No, we’re pulling out all the stops and doing things that we can’t normally.we’ve got some tricks and I think it’ll be a lot of fun.”
Alex and his bandmate Jack are, between today’s extended stints of fetch and wrestles with a pooper-scooper, packing their bags for their forthcoming trip. And there’s an extra