“WITH­OUT ALEX, I’D PROB­A­BLY BE dead in a Gut­ter some­where”

JACK BARAKAT

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be­come each other’s sup­port group, and that can be very valu­able. If we all hated each other, that would be even more dif­fi­cult.to be able to lean on each other and be each other’s crutch in tough times is re­ally im­por­tant for our men­tal health.and I think it makes the good times that much sweeter.”

CAN YOU IMAG­INE BE­ING IN A BAND WITH­OUT EACH OTHER?

alex: “No! We al­ways joke about who would have the first side-pro­ject. Ev­ery band has that guy – the one that goes off to start his own band. I know that when some­one goes off and does a side-pro­ject, ei­ther they hate their band or they’re not sat­is­fied by the mu­sic they’re play­ing, and they want to play some­thing else.we’re very lucky in that we’re all able to scratch the cre­ative itches that we wanna scratch.we try new things and go off on tan­gents, but we stay within a realm of the All Time Low name.there hasn’t been a mo­ment where I’ve thought,‘i wanna make metal now.’ Or,‘i’m gonna go start a grimecore band!’ No-one has even gone to those places, I think be­cause All Time Low has been do­ing it for us.” Jack: “With­out Alex, I’d prob­a­bly be dead in a gut­ter some­where. I don’t know what I’d have done, to be hon­est. I wouldn’t be play­ing mu­sic. I wouldn’t be where I am to­day. I’d have had a very dif­fer­ent life if him and me hadn’t got to­gether back in the day.”

his union looks set to hold All Time Low tight – tighter than ever. Be­yond this run of UK dates, the four-piece are cur­rently plot­ting

ta busy fes­ti­val sea­son (“We’re lin­ing that up,” says Alex, “though noth­ing’s been an­nounced yet”).they’re also keen on giv­ing Fu­ture Hearts one last push.

“We’re go­ing out strong,” he says.“it’s been our big­gest record and that’s some­thing very spe­cial to us.af­ter be­ing a band for this long, it’s hard to do. Bren­don [Urie] is do­ing that with Panic! At The Disco. He’s in a sim­i­lar boat. He’s been do­ing it for this many years and sud­denly he’s hav­ing his big­gest suc­cess [with 2016 al­bum Death Of A Bach­e­lor].

“But I love Fu­ture Hearts. I think we made the right al­bum for the time, es­pe­cially be­cause I felt it bridged a gap. [2012 al­bum] Don’t Panic was very much a re­set but­ton – a straight-up pop-rock al­bum. But with Fu­ture Hearts we ex­per­i­mented with some new sounds and tried some new things.”

For now, their im­me­di­ate fu­ture is fo­cused on tour­ing, though Alex has just spent some time in Cal­i­for­nia work­ing on his song­writ­ing.“it’s just writ­ing,” he ex­plains.“i’ve said it be­fore: it’s a dream of mine to be a writer for other artists, to be a pro­ducer. I’m just us­ing some of my down­time to get started on that.”

Jack, mean­while, reck­ons that a break be­tween projects would not ex­tend far into the dis­tance.

“It’s im­por­tant for us and our fans to do All Time Low mu­sic as of­ten as pos­si­ble,” he says.“we’re not gonna take a cou­ple of years off.alex likes hav­ing a clean slate [for a new al­bum] and is very pos­i­tive about that stuff. I tend to be more ner­vous about it. It’s a scary thing.there’s no greater feel­ing than hav­ing your al­bum fin­ished and be­ing ready

to roll, or lis­ten­ing to it and know­ing how good it is. But it’s scary when you don’t have any­thing and you could go any­where.”

For now, though, there’s lit­tle time to plan.all Time Low are cap­ping off their most suc­cess­ful 12 months with the big­gest head­line shows of their ca­reer. It’s been a dozen years and a half-dozen al­bums in the mak­ing, but they’re fi­nally liv­ing up to the po­ten­tial first re­vealed with their 2005 de­but al­bum,the Party Scene. It’s this slow ges­ta­tion pe­riod, reckon Alex and Jack, that’s formed the plat­form for their re­cent surge.

“We’re kinda clue­less,” says Alex.“we could be play­ing a sold-out Wem­b­ley and we’d be like,‘don’t bands this size do a bet­ter rider?’ I think that helps, too.we’re hav­ing fun and we don’t fo­cus on it too much, but I guess we ap­pre­ci­ate it for what it is. Ob­vi­ously, it’s ab­so­lutely in­sane to us that we’re do­ing what we are right now, but it’s not some­thing that we’re tak­ing too se­ri­ously.”

Jack agrees.“our band keeps us grounded.we rely on each other.we don’t want any of us to get too cocky, so we ground our­selves.the rea­son for that is that we were friends be­fore the band.we weren’t four guys thrown in ran­domly.that makes it a lit­tle eas­ier to keep your friends grounded and that’s what’s held us to­gether all th­ese years.”

It’s true: some­times, tak­ing it slow is the best route to hap­pi­ness. Only fools rush in, af­ter all.this week,all Time Low will be reap­ing the re­wards of a re­la­tion­ship built on solid foun­da­tions.and it’s a ro­mance set to last.

Jack and Alex were for­ever fifind­ing in­no­va­tive ways to avoid us­ing grotty venue show­ers

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