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All Time Low hit the UK for a huge, huge arena tour next month, so we figured it was time to find out what they have planned.
Jack Barakat talks arenas, dick jokes, new music and more in this brand new interview.
HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT HITTING SUCH HUGE ARENAS?
Says Jack: “It’s pretty surreal, to be honest! We’ve never headlined a tour in venues like this, so it’s going to be a first time for us and for our fans, a whole different experience. I’m excited to take our show to that next level, to do what we always do, but on an even bigger stage. I think it’s going to be entertaining all round, and we refuse to let anyone down. The line-up is out of this world, too.”
“Right now there are no worries, but I guarantee you that a couple of seconds before walking onstage in Cardiff, at the first show, I will be freaking out. At the beginning of last year we toured similar venues with You Me At Six, our first time co-headlining on stages of the same size. I was the most nervous I’d ever been pre-show, truly. I’m really comfortable with our band and what we’ve achieved, so playing in small venues and clubs feels like second nature. This is completely out of our comfort zone, but I still expect it to be tonnes of fun. The second I hit the stage and see everyone out in the audience, any worries will disappear instantly.”
DID YOU PICK UP ANY NEW TRICKS FROM LAST YEAR’S ARENA TOUR?
“It’s going to take some more getting used to, but the thing that made it so fun and comfortable was how happy we are onstage together. It doesn’t really matter how big the venue is; when I look to my left I’ll still see Alex [Gaskarth, vocals/guitar], Zack [Merrick, bass] and Rian [Dawson, drums] there with me. Whatever stage you throw us on, we’ll make it feel like home. The fans play a big role in that too. When they’re there, we always feel comfortable.”
WHAT DO YOU HAVE LINED UP FOR THESE SHOWS?
“We’re really bad at pre-planning, so for better or worse we’ve always rolled with the punches. It’s kind of similar this time – but hey, it’s worked out before, right? I know that it’s going to be awesome, and people can expect some big surprises. You’ve never seen All Time Low like this before, but at its core it’ll be the same sort of show we’ve always done. The dick jokes will definitely be there, the crowd-surfing will be there, but just with a tonne more lights and stuff thrown in.”
DICK JOKES AND EXPLOSIONS?
“Oh, for sure!”
PRESUMABLY YOU’RE FIGHTING TO THE DEATH OVER THE SETLIST?
“I’d be lying to you if I said it wasn’t tough at this point! We’ve got six albums to draw from, and it’s hard to find something that we’ll all agree on, while also making our fans happy. We’re so close that we hardly ever argue about anything, but that’s the one thing we’ll have serious disagreements over! It’s the best kind of problem to have, though. In the end, it’s going to be an All Time Low show, but a little bit more unique and different.”
AWESOME. ARE YOU EXCITED TO BE BRINGING GOOD CHARLOTTE ALONG FOR THE RIDE?
“It’s a dream come true situation. We grew up idolizing Good Charlotte, because they’re from about 40 minutes away from us, and they’re the hometown heroes of our area. They’re the band who made it out of this small city, and gave bands like ours the hope to do exactly what they did. I’ve been following them since I was a kid, one of the first shows I ever went to was a GC show, and I was actually in the crowd where they filmed the video for ‘Festival Song’. It’s crazy to see this whole thing come around full-circle. Having them opening up for us is an honour and a privilege, and I couldn’t think of a better band to bring along. It’s cool for us, and hopefully even cooler for the fans coming down.”
HOW ABOUT AGAINST THE CURRENT?
“One of the things I love about this band is that we always get to pick who we tour with, you know? When Against The Current’s name was thrown into the hat, everyone gravitated towards them. All four of us like what they’re doing, and we see them as a young band with huge talent and potential. Hopefully through this tour, a whole lot of new people will get to hear their music too.”
ALEX RECENTLY TWEETED ABOUT GETTING BACK INTO WRITING MODE – WHAT DO YOU HAVE PLANNED?
“We’re really early in the process of writing some new material at the moment. We took the last couple of weeks of 2015 to settle down and take the year in with family and friends, but as soon as January 1st hit, Alex was back to the writing. Any All Time Low fan could tell you that we don’t like to take much time between albums – we want to constantly be touring and releasing new stuff for people. I don’t know how long this next record is going to take, but hopefully we’ll be back with something sooner rather than later.”
NICE. IF ANYONE’S STILL ON THE FENCE ABOUT COMING DOWN TO THESE SHOWS, HOW WOULD YOU CONVINCE THEM?
“If you don’t come, you could potentially be making the worst decision of your entire life, and you’ll probably regret it until the day you die. No big deal or anything…”
All Time Low tour the UK next month with support from Good Charlotte and Against The Current. Check out the dates below.
10 - CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
11 - LONDON O2
12 - MANCHESTER Arena
13 - BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena
15 - GLASGOW Hydro
16 - DUBLIN 3Arena
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