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Sound Bites Live: All Time Low comes home

25 November 2012 By Daryllee Hale, Assistant Arts and Life Editor No Comments

All Time Low has come a long way since they released their 2006 EP “Put or Shut Up.” The four-piece band wrote the pop-punk EP while they were still in high school, living right here in Towson.

The band has said they performed some of their first songs at the Recher Theatre, and Saturday night they returned to play there again after six years of recording and touring.

The show at the Recher marked the end of the band’s “Rockshow at the End of the World” tour and the members of All Time Low made sure to end it with a bang.

The first two openers, Hit the Lights and The Downtown Fiction, warmed up the crowd with upbeat pop-punk tunes that set an energetic mood across the crowd made up mostly of teenage girls.

During third opener The Summer Set, All Time Low vocalist and guitarist Alex Gaskarth and drummer Rian Dawson came on stage multiple times to interrupt the younger up-and-coming five-piece band, taking shots to commemorate the comradery that they built while traveling together during the tour.

The excitement was high when All Time Low finally took the stage, opening with “The Reckless and the Brave,” the first single that was released over the summer from their newest album, “Don’t Panic.”

As with any All Time Low concert, there was no shortage of crude jokes and playful banter between Gaskarth and guitarist Jack Barakat, but in addition to their between-song antics, the band exuded a feeling of comfort that proved to the crowd that they were, in fact, home.

During the band’s 17-song setlist, they played a good mix of old and new, transitioning from songs that they debuted on this tour, like “Somewhere in Neverland,” to classic crowd-favorites like “Jasey Rae.”

The band also slowed down to play “Remembering Sunday” and “Therapy,” two songs that despite their slower pace, still went over well with the crowd. Before “Therapy,” Gaskarth made sure to assure fans that every one of them is beautiful, and not to let anyone tell them different.

Before playing their biggest hits, though, All Time Low exited the stage, prompting the crowd to chant “All Time Low” to inspire the band to return for an encore.

They closed with their most popular song to date, “Dear Maria Count Me In,” leaving the crowd with an adrenaline high that is standard of an All Time Low concert. The band may have been finishing their tour, but they didn’t let down the fervent fan following that they have gained since their humble beginning in 2003 as a cover band.

Even though All Time Low still has a long way to go, they proved Saturday night that for them, there is no place like home.


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