If you didn’t know, All Time Low have been around for 14 years and in that time they have accumulated a multitude of success – most recently with their new album ‘Last Young Renegade’, which debuted in the top 10 of the US Billboard 200 chart. Their live show has always been the pinnacle of it all; a incredible display of their talents and the mostly upbeat pop rock tracks they are known for whilst among the massive following they have assembled over the years. This tour is no different and with a collection of new songs in their back pocket, it was sure to be something special as they landed themselves in Boston, MA.
What is evident pretty early into the set, and could perhaps be a testament to how long they have been doing this, is how tight the performance is. Alex Gaskarth’s vocals have come leaps and bounds since the early days of All Time Low and when there are harmonies, he hits them with little to no effort, like it’s become second nature. While some vocalists sound better on CD, Gaskarth is among those who actually sound better live.
The set is a perfect mix of old and new, they balance out offerings to those who have been following the band for ten years with those tracks that have just gathered newer, younger fans, in recent years. There’s even a shout out to those old school fans, as they play a song that doesn’t tend to make it on the setlist very often ‘Vegas’, before they slingshot back to the future, building to that moment right before the encore, when a band says it’s their last song but it isn’t really their last song. All Time Low decided to go with ‘Dirty Laundry’, which surprisingly translates quite well in a live setting, it’s much more raw and almost personal than how it sounds on CD, making it the perfect precursor to the final run of songs to close out the set.
Time Bomb offers the chance some fans only dream of – to join their favourite band up on stage. Though their voices can’t be heard, it’s evident how elated they are from the smiles that adorn their faces while they dance along with the track. It wouldn’t be an All Time Low show without it, nor would it be the same without confetti. As their final song, ‘Dear Maria’ starts playing, it begins a countdown to the inevitable climax of the entire show and it’s topped off by a burst of confetti at a moment when on stage vocals are drowned out by the voices of an over excited audience singing along.