All Time Low address social issues with ‘Good Times’

Following several days of posts on social media about something big coming before the end of the week, All Time Low has kept their word. On Wednesday (Nov. 1), the Baltimore-based band unleashed the music video for their current single, “Good Times.” The four-minute-clip which was directed by Patrick Tracy begins with shots from the inside of a high school gymnasium after what appears to be a school dance. Blue and white balloons, blue streamers, a disco ball, and several chairs litter the gymnasium floor as evidence of a good time. The dimly lit shot transitions from the remnants of a fun evening to the everyday struggles of a group of high school students.

The viewer follows the everyday struggle of a group of teenagers who are individually going through different struggles. The viewer watches a girl being bullied by two of her classmates, a boy stuck inside of a house with feuding parents, two same-sex couples, a couple in an interracial relationship where one of their parents is not exactly thrilled by it, and a girl in a hijab getting things throw at her by a group of Confederate flag-totting boys.

While the video does show the struggle that each of the protagonists encounters, it also shows that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, even if it is just a high school dance.

“We are so proud of this video, of Pat who helped us bring it to life, the small glimpses into amazing lives we see within, and the beautiful, diverse people it represents,” frontman Alex Gaskarth said in a press release. “Always be exactly who you are, and don’t live in fear of someone else’s judgment. Be brave, be bold, and find your happiness in yourself and the ones you love.” Watch the music video for “Good Times” above.

“Good Times” is featured on All Time Low’s recently released record, Last Young Renegade. Last Young Renegade was released back in June and quickly landed at the number nine spot on Billboard‘s 200 chart selling 33,000 units in its first week.

In support of the album’s release, All Time Low has been touring around the world non-stop. Now that their non-stop touring schedule is coming to an end, the group will perform at a handful of radio station music festival throughout November. Once that mini tour comes to an end, the band will wrap up 2017 with three sold out shows at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey where they will celebrate the tenth anniversary of their debut album So Wrong, It’s Right.

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