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Alt-rockers sing about teen life

April 03, 2007|by EMILY NELSON

Review

Rush to your local music store to check out All Time Low. This group from the Baltimore scene has done a superb job on its second EP, "Put Up or Shut Up."

All Time Low could be described as a pop-punk or alternative-rock band. Alternative Press, a music-based magazine for people who enjoy alt-rock, compares All Time Low to Cartel and Fall Out Boy. The magazine says All Time Low is a more amateur version of Fall Out Boy. I compare All Time Low's "Put Up or Shut Up" to Fall Out Boy's "Take This to Your Grave."

All Time Low started in 2003 with two freshmen at Dulaney High School in Lutherville, Md., according to Alternative Press. Alex Gaskarth sang and played guitar. Jack Barakat played guitar and sang backup vocals. They later joined with bass player and backup vocalist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson.

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In the beginning of the group's time together, All Time Low performed at a lot of venues in the Baltimore area.

According to information atAllTimeLow.com, "The Three Words to Remember in Dealing With the End," the band's excessively long-titled first EP, kicked off its music career with Emerald Moon Records in 2004. All Time Low's first full-length CD, "The Party Scene," was released in July 2005 by Emerald Moon. "Put Up or Shut Up" was recorded at a new record company, Hopeless Records.

Most of the seven tracks on the new CD make you want to dance. The flashy first track, "Coffee Shop Soundtrack," is sure to get listeners to dance. The song "Lullabies" is a bit more sensitive and acoustic sounding.

Put together with the pop-punk melodies, All Time Low's lyrics don't seem as serious as they really are. Here's a sample: "The remains of my wasted youth, this wasted time on you has left me shaking in waiting, shaking in waiting for something more."

Gaskarth writes about high school relationships and being in a band - awesome but stressful experiences.

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