'Dirty Work' highlights what makes All Time Low such a draw...
All Time Low’s music attracts a level of fandom beyond what they probably ever could’ve imagined – but for better or worse, they haven’t forgotten the key elements that define their sound. Musically, ‘Dirty Work’ highlights what makes them such a draw – from the onset of opener ‘Do You Want Me (Dead?)’ through to powerful closing track ‘Heroes’, it’s still super-catchy, but has enough of a rock edge to differentiate it from radio-friendly pop. For any criticism they get for singing about girls, they’re blunt, honest and relatable in a way that similar bands aren’t (frankly, Alex Gaskarth’s spoken-word assault on ‘Forget About It’ is far more effective than some drawn-out metaphor). That’s not to say that they’ve shunned the lyrics that have characterised the band since their 05 debut ‘The Party Scene’, either – but when set to a song as simple as ‘I Feel Like Dancin’’, the effect comes off as more throwaway than fun. Nonetheless, it’s not entirely fair that upgrading your sound is scoffed at a little, if not totally discounted, when the direction is a poppier one – All Time Low’s songs are more up-scale and better put-together on this record, and that takes some serious work.
In RS199, we step behind the scenes of one of the world’s hottest bands – All Time Low – as they teeter on the edge of superstardom. Elsewhere, Danny Worsnop talks We Are Harlot, Asking Alexandria and more, we hear about the songs that inspired Frank Iero and My Chemical Romance, and we dip behind the scenes on Architects’ biggest ever tour.
PLUS: There are eight FREE ALL TIME LOW POSTERS. FREE, we say.