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