As pioneers within the pop-punk scene with over 15 years of songwriting, gigs, touring, and numerous hits below their belt, All Time Low took their inherent music biz data and seemed again, not ahead, for his or her new report. The album is solely constructed on writing and recording strategies adopted from their early days.
All Time Low’s new report Wake Up Sunshine, the eighth in a lineage of full lengths, is an ideal portrayal of how their roots and basic sound has matured. The All Time Low sound was at all times there, however the way in which they approached it this time was a bit totally different than their more moderen albums. The molding idea for the report was the concept to make an album the way in which they used to, with everybody below one roof.
“Final report we needed to do one thing moody and darkish, to discover some sounds and palettes we hadn’t tried out earlier than as a band,” frontman Alex Gaskarth instructed American Songwriter. “It was a report of development and pondering outdoors the field. This time round it was about getting again to our roots, and by that, I imply it was vital to get all of us below one roof and make a report the way in which we used to make it again within the day. We have been dwelling, consuming, sleeping, consuming collectively. The songs we have been writing 24/7. The vitality and happiness on the songs is a mirrored image of that. We have been all so pleased to be hanging collectively and make the report the way in which we did.”
“In years previous, loads of the songwriting had been me, both collaborating with a songwriter or simply myself then bringing the songs to the desk once they’re nearly utterly written,” he defined. “However we actually made some extent on this report to do issues extra collectively. All the songs have been written with all of us concerned from inception, and that’s the place I believe a few of that basic ATL vitality is available in, as a result of the method was very a lot the way in which we used to make information on the So Incorrect, It’s Proper period.”
Earlier than the group even knew they have been making one other album, they began writing at drummer Rian Dawson’s studio in Nashville, simply to see the place it could take them. It led them to rekindle their basic vitality and head to Palm Desert, California. They rented a home and setup a makeshift studio, the place they might reside and report the majority of Wake Up Sunshine collectively for over a month. Afterwards they added the ending touches at producer Zakk Cervini’s studio in Los Angeles and wrapped up the final two songs in Huge Bear nestled within the mountains of southern California.
All Time Low introduced a primary take a look at the report with the discharge of main single “Some Type of Catastrophe”, a monitor outlined by pop sing-along melodies matched with rugged alt-rock riffs and an apex refrain. The group acknowledged the track’s potential early on and shouldered it.
“’Some Type of Catastrophe’ was one of many first songs we wrote. We type of wrote it earlier than we knew we have been making an album, we have been simply writing,” stated Gaskarth. “It was a second after we all sat within the studio and stated ‘this may be a extremely good strategy to open a present, I might see us strolling out on stage and beginning a set’. From the second we stated that, we thought ‘why don’t we apply that to an album?’, and it very clearly grew to become the primary track that folks wanted to listen to. I felt prefer it set the stage for the place the report was going. It’s only a rock ‘n’ roll track and we needed to point out folks the type of vitality we have been going for on the album.”
The title monitor, an much more definitive track that’s sole job is to package deal the entire report’s strengths into one 3-minute track, does precisely that and extra. “Wake Up Sunshine” is a departure from the darker tones on their earlier album Final Younger Renegade, and leads with driving chord progressions and anthem lyrics.
“I at all times attempt to write with a bit extra depth to the lyrics,” stated Gaskarth. “The title track particularly is about -the dwelling hell in your head- and is actually defining for the report. It was me coming to phrases with a number of the darker issues I had been fighting in years handed and deciding it was time to show a nook. I like the concept of tomorrow being a brand new day so get up and start once more and that somebody on the market thinks you’re useful even for those who don’t.”
“I had a yr of simply being extra unhappy than typical and it wasn’t for any specific motive,” Gaskarth stated of the times main as much as the songwriting course of. “It was simply an odd time in my life once I simply felt like issues have been lacking, however nothing actually was. I felt empty and went right into a darker house. This report actually felt just like the therapeutic course of for me.”
One other high quality trait of the album is the eccentric collaborations with the rapper, blackbear on “Monsters” and The Band CAMINO on “Favourite Place”. Gaskarth remembers frequent collaborator Andrew Goldstein who has a long-standing historical past with the band, bringing blackbear and All Time Low collectively for the making of “Monsters” explaining it as a “lightning second”.
“We wrote that track with an awesome good friend Andrew Goldstein who’s a frequent collaborator,” the frontman recalled. “We introduced him on board and that track was one of many first ones we did and it was simply type of like lightning second when the track felt wonderful and issues linked. Andrew had been working with blackbear, who had at all times been in our environment, however we had by no means collaborated collectively. Andrew was the conduit and introduced us collectively. We hit up black bear and stated ‘hey you wish to strive one thing?’ As a result of we had by no means dabbled within the rap realm so it was new territory. I believe he introduced loads to the desk and he elevated the track to a brand new place.”
“The Band CAMINO are our label-mates and I’m a fan, I really like what they’re doing,” stated Gaskarth. “We wrote ‘Favourite Place’ and there have been some components on that track that jogged my memory of what they have been doing musically and I felt like I needed to say one thing to them so I hit them up and instructed them ‘this track jogs my memory of you guys, like ATL doing The Band CAMINO’. We each thought that was cool and I requested them in the event that they needed to be on the track as a result of I believed it simply made sense. It was excellent.”
All Time Low has additionally been luckier than most on the tour path since music took a tough hit with the incidence of Coronavirus. They’re at present greenlit for all their reveals on their European leg in late Could with 5 Seconds of Summer season. However within the meantime, Gaskarth and his spouse are having fun with a retreat at house, spending some high quality time collectively throughout a season he would normally be extraordinarily occupied with All Time Low.
With the insurgence of on-line and at-home reveals, All Time Low has been sustaining their presence and engagement with their followers by means of weekly reside streams the place Gaskarth has performed songs and answered fan questions, a scheme he finds productive and endearing when folks discover consolation in unity.
“The little reveals from house and stuff are tremendous cool,” he stated. “I believe there’s one thing wonderful about seeing artists actually strip it down- to see John Mayor play in his front room or The Postal Service play from a basement. It’s very humanizing and makes you notice we’re all going by means of this collectively.”