All Time Low – The Rose Theatre, Kingston, 30/05/17

Flyer for All Time Low's Kingston show

Only two months have passed since All Time Low‘s extensive UK tour, but they couldn’t wait to return. This stripped back show celebrated the launch of their seventh studio album, ‘Last Young Renegade’, which hit the shelves last Friday (02/06/17).

Originally announced as a single performance, popular demand necessitated a second set to be added earlier in the night. Because of the amount of people attending it was decided that there wouldn’t be a support band: instead, All Time Low would appear on their own. This unusual move paid off. Doors for the second performance were supposed to open at 8pm, but fans didn’t get into the building for another hour.

As you can tell, it was pretty packed!

I’ve only been to the Rose Theatre once before, when You Me At Six launched ‘Night People’ back in January. The venue is absolutely beautiful, but All Time Low took it to the next level, covering the stage in candles. I went to the late show, and as soon as vocalist Alex Gaskarth took to the stage he quipped, “We still haven’t burnt the fucking building down!”. It made a special show even more memorable, creating an intimate and welcoming atmosphere.

Because this show was more relaxed than the high profile sets they’ve been playing recently, they weren’t afraid to mess around. Starting ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ by yelling, “I wanna see that pit open up!”, the entire band were startled when that was exactly what happened. “Oh!” Alex yelped, “It actually is. It’s happening…”. I can’t remember ever seeing a mosh pit at acoustic show before, but that’s All Time Low fans for ya! Continuing the evening by jokingly covering both ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis and Tom Jones’ ‘It’s Not Unusual’ (“The OG bra man!”), this was the least predictable the band have ever been.

The last time All Time Low played Kingston they were promoting ‘Future Hearts’, but the material from ‘Last Young Renegade’ is sounding far stronger than their previous release. Opening with lead single ‘Dirty Laundry’, which works remarkably well acoustically, they also showcased ‘Life of the Party’ and ‘Last Young Renegade’ itself. When referencing ‘Life of the Party’, Alex admitted, “I can’t wait to come back for you guys and play that for you full band. I can’t tell you when! But there will be a time, sooner rather than later”. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were back on our shores before the end of 2017, and I can’t wait.

It wouldn’t have been an All Time Low set if it hadn’t been chockablock with cheesy banter. From Alex telling bassist Zack Merrick, “I wanna live inside you. I’m talking butt stuff”, to the awkward moment when they were attempting to sing Happy Birthday to a fan and Alex couldn’t understand her name, there was more laughing at this show than singing. But the band didn’t mind getting serious for a while when they thanked their fans for their continual support. “I feel like you guys are here for me more than I’m here for you,” Alex said. “By me, I meant a collective version of me, like the human centipede. […] We’re very lucky that after 14 years being in this band we still get to put out records and we still get to experiment. Not every band gets that privilege, and it’s all because of you guys.”

This wasn’t a perfect set. After ‘Therapy’ – which was riddled with technical problems – Alex admitted, “We’re moving fast, it’s not fucking smooth!”. He hit the nail on the head when he laughed, “You know it’s real. If it’s perfect, it’s fucking fake.” Having seen this band play perfect sets on multiple occasions, I felt honoured to be able to witness such a chilled out, casual performance. This is going to be All Time Low’s year. ‘Last Young Renegade’ is going to take them to heights that they’ve previously only dreamed of.

Setlist:

Dirty Laundry
Something’s Gotta Give
Wonderwall cover
Cinderblock Garden
Life of the Party
It’s Not Unusual cover
Weightless
Therapy
Missing You
Last Young Renegade
Dear Maria (Count Me In)

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