The night comes alive in the presence of Baltimore four-piece
Tonight the pop-punk loving residents of Bristol were awakened as a show brought down the house of the O2 Academy.
Tonight this band was non-other than All Time Low, four lads from Baltimore, maryland who over the past 8 years have risen in the hearts and minds of youths all over the world, and tonight they show how hard they have worked for what they have achieved. With three studio albums under their belts (So Wrong, It’s Right 2008, Nothing Personel 2009, Dirty Work 2011) the guys (Alex Gaskarth Guitar/Lead Vocals, Jack Barakat Guitar, Zach Merrick Bass, Rian Dawson Drums) can’t let the crowd down tonight.
The night starts off with up and coming pop-punk icons We Are The In Crowd who really get the crowd going with their catchy and sing-a-long songs which more audience members than you would think know the words to. Plus with All Time Low’s frontman Alex joining the band on stage for a different rendition of ‘Kiss Me Again’, it’s no wonder the crowd are wild. Frontwoman Taylor ‘Tay’ Jardine keeps the crowd moving their feet and raising their hands through their eight song set, which includes recently released single ‘Rumour Mill’. These New York kids get the crowd pumped and ready for what’s coming.
Up next comes a band called The Maine who originate from Tempe, Arizona. The bouncy, stylish rock of these guys brings a great atmosphere to the venue with people joining in with the songs, even when they don’t know them. Vocalist John O’ Callaghan lets the crowd know they that they are there for thier entertainment with him constantly interacting with the crowd, sometimes even giving audience members the microphone to sing along.
When the All Time Low eventually appears on stage they are greeted by deafening screams of young girls hoping to get a glimpse of the band. The show kicks off straight into recently released single ‘Time-bomb’ which has the crowd off their feet and dancing right away. The energy the band bring to the stage completely pumps out the venue even with lead singer Alex having trouble with his voice, he still gives it his all.
The band plays through popular crowd favourites such as; Damned If I Do Ya?, Forget About It and Poppin’ Chanpagne amongst others, and when Alex brings out his acoustic guitar screams fill the building, once he starts singing ballad ‘Remembering Sunday’ the sound of the audience singing along rings throughout the walls of the O2 academy.
After the band leave the stage they are met by screams of “one more song” being shouted from the audience, and the shouts do not go unanswered as All Time Low come back on for an encore of Weightless, Dear maria count me in and a cover of Blink-182’s ‘All The Small Things’.
All in all the show is a success, looking over the fact of the crude American jokes which meet the audience’s ears and the penis shaped lights for the backlighting of the stage.
Audience members leave with a smile on their face and a song on their minds…