Getting into a new band can sometimes seem like a rather daunting task, especially if their recorded material surpasses a few albums. Maybe you want to get into a band who’s supporting one of your favourites on tour, maybe you want to see if the hype is justified, or maybe you just want to discover new music. Whatever the reason, FINEST HOUR is here to whittle down your new favourite band’s material into just one hour of play time.
Following a string of arena shows, which saw the band performing at London’s Wembley Arena and with the release of forthcoming ‘Future Hearts’, All Time Low have cemented their place as one of the biggest pop-punk bands of the current generation. With a career now stretching 12 years and a back catalogue consisting of 6 albums and 2 EPs, it can be quite a daunting task to know where to get started.
BREAK OUT! BREAK OUT! (from Put Up or Shut Up EP)Pulled straight from their second EP, ‘Break Out! Break Out!’ is three minutes of pop-punk bliss, showcasing some huge choruses and stunning guitar melodies.
COFFEE SHOP SOUNDTRACK (from Put Up or Shut Up EP)Fan favorite and the track which helped to put All Time Low on the map, ‘Coffee Shop Soundtrack’ displayed so much potential for the young band back in 2006.
JASEY RAE (from Put Up or Shut Up EP)‘Jasey Rae’ contains some of the band’s best lyrics to date, featuring the contradictory lines “I’ve never made a bed but that makes me a liar, I’ve never made a bet but we gamble with desire, I’ve never lit a match with intent to start a fire, but recently the flames are getting out of control”.
SIX FEET UNDER THE STARS (from So Wrong It’s Right)Another fiery pop-punk anthem, which was conceived following the band’s jump to the legendary Hopeless Records in 2007.
REMEMBERING SUNDAY (from So Wrong It’s Right)Showcasing the band’s heart, ‘Remembering Sunday’ is a progressive love ballad with huge pay off, and features a guest appearance from Juliet Simms of Automatic Loveletter.
DEAR MARIA, COUNT ME IN (from So Wrong It’s Right)A pretty good song about a stripper! ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’ has become a festival anthem. It’s now increasingly difficult to remember a time before the band penned this hit.
WEIGHTLESS (from Nothing Personal)The summery ‘Weightless’ is the band’s spin on the pop-punk cliché of not wanting to grow old.
DAMNED IF I DO YA (from Nothing Personal)That hook! ‘Damned I Do Ya’ is arguably the band’s catchiest single and remains as their highest Billboard 200 chart performance at 67.
TOO MUCH (from Nothing Personal)Tearjerker ‘Too Much’ is one of All Time Low’s underrated classics, with its welcomed electronic influence.
I FEEL LIKE DANCIN’ (from Dirty Work)The first single released after the band’s jump to major label Interscope in 2011. It’s probably their poppiest effort to date (believe it or not) and includes references to the likes of Kesha.
TIME-BOMB (from Dirty Work)‘Time-Bomb’ is easily one of the band’s most mature offerings and contains some impressive vocal work from frontman Alex Gaskarth.
FORGET ABOUT IT (from Dirty Work)‘Forget About It’ mixes things up with its spoken bridge in which Gaskarth confesses “There are days like today when you make me want to tear my fucking hair out”.
SOMEWHERE IN NEVERLAND (from Don’t Panic!)Peter Pan inspired and lifted from their first offering since returning to Hopeless Records, ‘Somewhere In Neverland‘ playfully encapsulates the bands desire to remain young.
SO LONG SOLDIER (from Don’t Panic!)‘So Long Soldier’ remains a great autobiographical anthem for the Baltimore punks.
THE IRONY OF CHOKING ON A LIFESAVER (from Don’t Panic!)“Stop fucking around with emotions” is Gaskarth’s abrupt entrance to the single. ‘The Irony Of Choking On A Life Saver’ is a self-deprecating number we can all relate to.
A LOVE LIKE WAR (from Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now!)‘A Love Like War’ saw the boys team up with Vic Fuentes of post-hardcore outfit Pierce The Veil. The track has since become a staple of the band’s live set and the blend between Alex and Vic’s vocals is superb.
SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE (from Future Hearts)Showing promise for upcoming album ‘Future Hearts’, ‘Something’s Got To Give’ ticks all the boxes for a great single and fortunately, doesn’t disappoint. It also features a pretty awesome video, including the band as zombies and Alex dressed as a bag of fries. Cool!
We’ve also compiled this selection into a handy Spotify playlist for you below:
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Written by Kieran James