American rock band All Time Low are releasing their new album this Friday and so they played us a few tunes at Kingston’s Rose Theatre last night – all acoustic.
It’s studio album number seven for the four piece from Baltimore with Last Young Renegade out this Friday. And from the sounds of singles released so far and last night’s show, there’s just no stopping these boys.
The announcement of the acoustic shows came just shortly after the band’s last shows in the UK earlier this year. With the first show having sold out in no time, Banquest Records were quick to add a second early show on the same day, so for some fans, it mean double the treat!
Getting to the venue, you were reminded just how devoted ATL fans are as some of them had clearly been camping outside the venue and queued for hours just to be at the very front. This devotion is exactly what makes All Time Low shows such a treasure to witness as the adoration flows both ways between fans and the band.
As the sea of mostly teenage girls fills the 900-cap room from top to bottom, you can feel the sheer excitement in the air. Dirty Laundry, featured on the new album, kicks the night off. And if you thought that new tracks don’t get quite as loud a sing-along as the old hits, you are sorely mistaken. The 10-track set features songs from the new record but also beloved songs like Missing You and Therapy.
At one point the crowd starts a rendition of Oasis’ Wonderwall during a short pause, and Alex joins in. The second cover of the night feautures Tome Jones’ It’s Not Unusual after a request from Jack teasing Alex about drinking wine on stage: “Can you smoke a cigar and sing Tom Jones with that?”
With on-stage banter, sexual advances from fans (bras on stage by song three, and catcalling Zack, amongst others) and classic, shout-your-heart-out singalongs to tune after tune, it sure is clear that this was a very special show indeed.
When Alex thanks the fans for coming out it doesn’t feel like the usual standard line, it’s heartfelt and genuine. “I feel like you are here for me more than I am for you.”
Once again All Time Low prove what’s been true since The Beatles: Never ever underestimate a girl’s love for her favorite band. It’s loud, it’s undying and it’s the escape they need.