Live: All Time Low, SWMRS & Waterparks – Southampton 13.03.17

Pop punk’s newest heroes Waterparks showed they may be relatively new but they know how to start a show as they stormed their way through a set of crowd pleasers. Sharing their set between their EP Cluster and debut album Double Dare meant that the older tracks like Crave got a slightly louder sing-a-long but the performance never wavered. You’d hardly notice that some songs were still quite new to the band or the crowd. 7/10

Punk rock band SWMRS took to the stage next set to prove that it wasn’t just a pop punk night tonight. From the get go they were on overdrive, with head banging and foot stomping galore. The energy they fed into the crowd started the first noticeable jostling; the music seemed to be going down well too with a vast majority of the crowd pitching in with lyrics. 7/10

Quite literally kicking things off with Kicking and Screaming, All Time Low bounded out onto the stage to a deafening roar of approval from their fans. This might be a tour that is noticeably smaller than their last visit to the UK in which they played arena size venues, but from the impressive lighting rig to the packed out shows it’s clear this is no small date in the calendar. Bounding around the stage the guys show off their usual antics; there is much talk of penis’, women and Jack collects his standard amount of bras. Yet at the same time, everything feels new, the confidence, the energy, it all feels renewed. It could be coincidence, it could be to do with their recent signing to Fueled By Ramen but something has them bouncing that little bit higher tonight. Launching through an assortment of their hits; Weightless, Something’s Gotta Give and Kids In The Dark, to name but a few, everything feels polished and shiny. Whilst they are arguably a very different band to what they used to be, they’ve adapted and tried to accommodate old and new fans alike with a variety of songs from across their back catalogue.

With the upcoming album Last Young Renegade on it’s way imminently it was only fitting they play the first single off of it, Dirty Laundry. The only surprise was how well everyone in the crowd knew it, from an outside perspective it wouldn’t be apparent at all that it was a new song. Towards the end of the set Therapy made an appearance which had the entire crowd singing along to every word, quite a moving moment with old and new fans coming together on what is considered a bit of a classic for All Time Low. Rounding off the encore with Dear Maria, Count Me In was always going to end well and it was a real feel good affair with the crowd shouting every word and the band bouncing around with renewed vigor. Is this a band that has staying power? Definitely. Did they deliver? 100%. The banter might need some work but the performance is golden. 9/10

All Time Low Announce New Album

Pop rockers All Time Low have announced the upcoming release of their seventh studio album, Last Young Renegade which is due out on June 2nd and available for pre-order from February 24th. Pre-order bundles and physical copies will be available from AllTimeLow.com. The news of the release comes shortly after announcing that they have now been signed by popular alternative label Fueled By Ramen and will be their first release with them. Lead singer Alex Gaskarth released the following statement on the bands social media accounts:

“Who is the Last Young Renegade?

After all this time writing music, playing in a band- checking moment after moment off the bucket list- collecting mistakes, making memories, I wondered what it might be like to write about myself if I wasn’t the one standing in my shoes. Who am I from the other side of the mirror? 

I tried to change perspective in my approach to writing and center in on all of the different versions of me that other people might have met over the years, through the ups and the downs, in the public eye and behind closed doors. Would I like this person? Do I like this person? Do I even recognize this person anymore?

I realized that there’s a lot more to me than I’m usually ready to acknowledge, both good and bad. In that realization, I noticed a common thread. We are who we are, even when we try our hardest not to be. 

It’s a challenge to accept it sometimes. I gave those other sides of me a persona, and a name– then came the stories like a flood. It was a way for me to confront demons without having to sit at the dinner table with them. 

That’s the journey on this record: a story of self-realization. Of growing into your own skin through the eyes of someone watching it all unfold on the big screen, wearing a ‘Frankie Says Relax’ t-shirt. Like watching an old familiar movie, but suddenly you’re Marty McFly.

We tried a lot of new things on this album, all within the context of what we love so much about All Time Low– There’s no denying that we were binge watching Stranger Things at the time, while also reflecting on the loss of some of our favorite musicians; Prince, Bowie, George Michael… I think the influence comes through in the best ways. We all felt pulled to exciting and different places as we searched for inspiration, approaching something that’s become so familiar to us from a new direction.

I truly hope everyone listening enjoys this record as much as I do. It’s been an amazing journey.”

Tracklist

1. Last Young Renegade
2. Drugs & Candy
3. Dirty Laundry
4. Good Times
5. Nice2KnoU
6. Life of the Party
7. Nightmares
8. Dark Side of Your Room
9. Ground Control (feat. Tegan and Sara)
10. Afterglow

If you haven’t already, check out their latest single, Dirty Laundry, below:

All Time Low Sign To Fueled By Ramen

Fan favorites All Time Low have recently moved over to a label which hosts names such as Fall Out Boy, Paramore and Twentyone Pilots. The giants are celebrating the move to Fueled By Ramen with a huge International tour which hosts a string of UK dates, which you can find below. However, alongside this All Time Low have released a new single Dirty Laundry, the single has a companion video on Fueled By Ramen’s YouTube page which you can also check out below. So if you like what you hear remember to get your tickets to All Time Low’s tour and check out the band’s single Dirty Laundry.

March
10th  – LONDON Eventim Apollo
11th – CARDIFF University Great Hall
13th – SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall
14th – CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
15th – LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
16th – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
18th – LIVERPOOL Guild of Students
19th – BELFAST Ulster Hall
20th – DUBLIN Olympia
22nd – BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
23rd – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
24th – SHEFFIELD O2 Academy Sheffield
25th – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle
27th – EDINBURGH Corn Exchange
28th – GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow
30th – NORWICH UEA
31st – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton

Waterparks release music video for ‘Royal’

Just ahead of their UK/Ireland tour with All Time Low and SWMRS, the pop punk/alternative pop trio Waterparks have released a new music video to get you all excited for these upcoming tour dates.

Check out their music video for ‘Royal‘ below!

You can check out the dates for the tour below;

MARCH
10: LONDON Eventim Apollo
11: CARDIFF University Great Hall
12: SOUTHAMPTON O2 Guildhall
14: CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
15: LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
16: BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
18: LIVERPOOL Guild of Students
19: BELFAST Ulster Hall
20: DUBLIN Olympia
22: BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
23: MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
24: SHEFFIELD O2 Academy Sheffield
25: NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle
27: EDINBURGH Corn Exchange
28: GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow
30: NORWICH UEA
31: LONDON O2 Academy Brixton

Beyond Recall – Selfish Scars [EP]

Striking you with a groove akin to Don Broco and Panic! At The Disco merged with the captivating style of All Time Low and Bring Me The HorizonBeyond Recall are geared to deliver their hugely compelling sophomore EP Selfish Scars which is set for a Friday 13th January 2017 release.

With a growing reputation and legion of fans, Beyond Recall have been making waves and turning heads throughout the UK and beyond for the past two years. Formed in Bristol, the Alternative British rock unit take emotion, honest lyrics and heavy vibes to a whole new level.

Selfish Scars immediately launches into a loud and heavy track, 140 Characters, which deals with the modern day emotions of quickly getting over something, the chorus lyrics say “I’m over it and over you”. Beyond Recall use this EP to really show off their diversity in the genre, each track is different and it feels more like album material than just an EP. The title track, Selfish Scars, sounds like a heavier Kill Hannah. Meanwhile Get It Right, the lead single from the EP, sounds more cheerful like Yellowcard‘s Ocean Avenue.

By the middle of the EP, the music starts to sound a little samey. Two heavier songs, Almost and Tomorrow are placed together, however Tomorrow backs off after a heavy intro. The final track is a remix of Almost, which incorporates some RnB influences and a much lighter guitar riff. It’s a nice ending after a few heavier tracks. It’s also the track that really showcases the musical talents of the group as the guitar isn’t distorted and the drums play a light snare in the background instead of the heavy crashes associated with the pop-punk genre.

The listener can imagine an epic light show to go with the music and imagine the group in a crowded small venue such as Nottingham’s Rock City or Guildford’s The Boileroom. The music on Selfish Scars is beautifully layered and the threesome make a huge sound and come across like they’re a five piece.

Boston Manor Stream New Song “Fossa”

Blackpool’s Boston Manor release their new single Fossa taken from the bands debut album Be Nothing out 30th September via Pure Noise Records, the track can be viewed below.

The album is produced by Neil Kennedy (Milk Teeth, Creeper, More Than Life) and mixed by Kyle Black (New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, All Time Low).

Boston Manor are also keeping busy with a run of headlining, acoustic and supporting tour dates to Moose Blood more details are below.

Acoustic In Store Performances:
September 28th – Banquet Records, Kingston
September 30th – HMV, Blackpool
October 2nd – HMV, Liverpool

Moose Blood tour:
October 3rd – Institute 2, Birmingham
October 4th – The Garage, Glasgow
October 5th – Academy 2, Sheffield
October 6th – Y Plas, Cardiff
October 7th – Koko, London
October 8th – Academy, Manchester

Headlining Tour:
November 18th – Underground, Plymouth
November 19th – Joiners, Southampton
November 20th – Louisiana, Bristol
November 21st – Basement, Nottingham
November 22nd – Cellar, Birmingham
November 23rd – Audio, Glasgow
November 24th – Think Tank, Newcastle
November 25th – The Key Club, Leeds
November 26th – Sound Control, Manchester
November 27th – Studio 2, Liverpool
November 28th – Leadmill, Sheffield
November 29th – The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
December 1st – Boston Music Room, London