All Time Low, The Maine and We Are The In Crowd.
O2 Academy, Sheffield.
23rd January 2012, 7pm.
The New York quintet are the first band to take the stage in tonight’s all American line up of pop punk bands. The band have plenty of followers in the crowd already but for those not already a fan there is little about them that separates them from any other pop punk band out there at the moment. There is a fair bit of energy onstage but the songs do not really capture the imagination, a new band with an alright set. The Maine from Arizona is up next and their mix of Panic! At The Disco meets Fall Out Boy just doesn’t seem to go down as well as it could. The lack of energy onstage made them a little boring to watch and didn’t seem to spark much energy from the parts of the crowd not already associated with the band.
The minute All Time Low walk onto the stage, the blow both bands away as they dive straight into latest single ‘Timebomb’. The crowd are bouncing up and down and singing along from the word go all the way through the Baltimore quartet’s 14 song long set. ‘Forget About It’ and ‘Damned If I Do You’ follow on adding a party atmosphere with plenty of energy and movement onstage and in the sold out crowd. The party continues and is stepped up a notch with ‘I Feel Like Dancin’’ and ‘Poppin’ Champagne’. Lead singer Alex Gaskarth admits he’s feeling a bit under the weather and his singing voice is suffering so he needs some help from the audience tonight but his voice does sound as good as ever through the entire set. Gaskarth and guitarist Jack Barakat have their usual onstage banter between songs creating plenty of laughs from the duo that could easily make a career as a comedy double act if the band ever fails. Although with the reaction from the crowd tonight the band is in no danger of disappearing from the music industry any time soon with this their first ever show in Sheffield being sold out and with the night being all about this band even while the support acts were onstage. Ending acoustically with ‘Remembering Sunday’ creating the biggest sing along of the night. After a little bit too long of a wait the band are back onstage for three more songs ‘Do You Want Me Dead?’ from latest album ‘Dirty Work, the pop punk brilliance of ‘Weightless’ and ending on one of the bands biggest singles ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’. The band has put on a brilliant performance through the night, seeming to have become a better live band after relentless touring around the world. The band leave the stage to plenty of screaming and cheering, it is safe to say that their first ever show in Sheffield was definitely a complete success.
After the gig, me and Becky went to a bar in Sheffield for a few drinks and we were lucky enough to meet Zack from All Time Low as he was also in the same bar. As usual we were both too nervous to go and say hi for ourselves so when the barmaid came over to collect glasses we were talking to her about him and she asked him to come over and say hi to us which he did. It was lovely of him to come and say hi and let us have pictures with us when he was out with his friends. Yet another guy in a band that has renewed my faith in bands.
Becky and Zack.
Me and Zack.