The All Time Low frontman has called time on their most recent album 'Last Young Renegade', a little after a year from its release in June 2017. Speaking to Billboard, he stated “after the last tour and with the video for 'Afterglow,' we kind of closed the book on that record. Those 10 songs and the story on that record feel self-contained, its own thing. So we didn't want to mess with it, we didn't want to tarnish it – we wanted to let it exist in it's own space for All Time Low.”
He's also talked about the process of writing new music like 'Everything Is Fine' and 'Birthday', revealing that he set himself a goal of channelling a more classic All Time Low sound, but explored through the high production values of 'Last Young Renegade'.
But he's also incredibly pragmatic about the fact that the band has transitioned through a number of sounds across their career, saying “I think every time All Time Low puts out a fast song, people call back to the old material - because when we were 18, 19, 20, that’s all we knew how to write. Through the years I feel like we’ve worn a lot of different hats, and done a lot of different things. So it was really fun to write something with some energy and a different feel coming off the last record.”
And as to whether these new songs are the first singles from an upcoming, yet to be announced album? It's not quite that simple, with Alex revealing “We are in a place now where we can experiment, and that is really fun for us. Not just with our music, but with how we service it to people. So many artists are releasing singles when they feel like it and seeing what happens, so we may just keep doing that for a while, some mixtape vibes. Now that we’re kind of getting in on the fun, it creates some really cool moments for us. It feels pretty good.”
Whatever is coming next, long may it last because if 'Everything Is Fine' and 'Birthday' are anything to go by, this new era of All Time Low is set to be pretty legendary.