All Time Low - Rock City - 11/12/2013 - Review
Baltimore pop-punks All Time Low were eagerly anticipated in
Nottingham, as a myriad of passionate teenagers braved the cold from as early
as 8am to ensure that they were as close as possible to the band, eager for
their ultimate fan experience.
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At 7pm the doors opened, and American pop-rock band The Summer Set opened with
catchy beats and sing along lyrics. UK group Lower than Atlantis followed, with
edgier, louder, less-clean-cut music and considerably more 'rock n' roll'
behaviour than the previous act. Neither act failed to disappoint.
A restless and impatient crowd awaited the band through the brief break, with
chants of 'All Time Low! All Time Low!, which continued for a good few minutes,
with the fans getting more and more excited with each word uttered.
Soon after, All Time Low exploded like dynamite onto the
stage with their infectious newly released single 'Somewhere In Neverland', accompanied by the piercing screams of
2,000 hardcore fans that filled Rock City up to its entirety. By the end of the
first two songs, most fans were slick with sweat; sharing mutual smiles
alongside the band themselves, with vocalist Alex Gaskarth shouting: "You guys
are way f*****g better than Newcastle were!"
The band's energetic, 17-song set, featured nearly all of their biggest hits,
including 'Weightless', 'Dear Maria, Count Me In' and 'Lost In Stereo'. Not to forget fan
favourites 'Backseat Serenade' and 'Therapy', where the crowd sung along so
loud and so beautifully that Gaskarth's vocals were almost drowned out. A few
tear-stained faces lurked in the audience, and it just shows how much a band
that jokes about their listeners' nipples can really mean to their fans. ("2,000 fans? That means there's 4,000 nipples in this room!")
The band, also comprising of guitarist Jack Barakat, bassist Zack Merrick and
drummer Rian Dawson, played perfectly throughout the night, working each
instrument with considerable ease and sounding as good as they do on their five
albums. They engaged with the crowd during the breaks, cracking their trademark
crude jokes before going back to infecting the crowd with their feel-good
music. They didn't lack in energy, confidence or happiness, resulting in an