Simple Creatures return with ‘Special’ ahead of Download Festival gig

Simple Creatures wanted to give fans something “special” and that they did. On Thursday (June 13), the Mark Hoppus and Alex Gaskarth-led act released their first new single since the release of their debut EP this past spring. Titled “Special,” the new song finds the band sticking to their self-proclaimed trash-pop sounds.

Listen to the three-minute track above.

The new track’s release comes sometime after the co-singers began teasing fans on social media. They first posted an image of themselves as the grumpy old men from the Muppets (You know the ones based on Sikel and Ebert?). They captioned the post with “Who’s about ready for some new Creatures then? 👍👎 Coming soon.”

Then, they cleared their Instagram account of everything and posted a cryptic photo with the caption June 13 and what looks to be lyrics to the new jam.

“Special” is Simple Creatures’ first new song since their debut EP’s release. The record includes “Adrenaline,” “Drug,” and the album’s title track “Strange Love.” No confirmation has been given on whether “Special” will be featured on Simple Creatures’ upcoming EP, but it may be safe to assume so.

Earlier this year, while promoting Strange Love, the duo revealed that they already had plans to release its follow-up. The band allegedly unveiled the upcoming EP’s title during a show, but there was no proof to corroborate these claims. Shortly after, the group confirmed that their second EP would be titled Everything Opposite and is due out later this summer.

Simple Creatures will make their Download Festival debut this weekend. Hoppus, Gaskarth, and company will perform on the Avalanche stage on Saturday, June 15.

Simple Creatures share their new single ‘Adrenaline’

Simple Creatures have returned with another new song from their fast-approaching EP. On Monday (March 25), the Mark Hoppus and Alex Gaskarth-led act shared their third single off Strange Love, “Adrenaline.” Sounding like it could find a home on a recent All Time Low album, the new track made its worldwide premiere on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show as the host’s world record of the day.

Listen to “Adrenaline” above.

The new song comes a few days before the band’s debut EP is set to be released. Titled Strange Love, the five-song album is due out this Friday, March 29. Pre-orders for the EP are still available for purchase.

In support of its release, the act will embark on a five-stop mini tour beginning this Thursday, March 28. The full list of stops can be found here.

In other news, Gaskarth recently disclosed that All Time Low’s short break may be coming to an end sooner than fans initially anticipated. In a new interview, the musician revealed that he and drummer Rian Dawson recently returned to the studio together to jot down some ideas.

“I just spent a few weeks in Nashville at Rian’s [Dawson, drummer] studio, starting to form ideas. It’s nice, we have an amazing head start on the whole thing, and there’s already pictures forming which is a nice way to approach it.”

Last month, blink-182 informed fans that they were working on the follow-up to 2016’s California. According to a recent interview with Hoppus, the new record will take more of an “aggressive and experimental path” than their previous work.

“It’s very different to California. It’s a lot more aggressive. It’s darker in theme and tone. If you like California to Enema Of The State, then this album is more like the untitled record where we are trying to experiment more: trying to experiment more, trying different sounds, and trying to expand upon what people think blink-182 is.”

Simple Creatures announce handful of upcoming engagements

All Time Low may be taking a break and blink-182 may be in the process of recording their new studio album, but that doesn’t mean Alex Gaskarth and Mark Hoppus are going to put their new joint venture to the side. On Tuesday (March 12), the duo announced plans to take their new supergroup, Simple Creatures, on the road for a handful of shows.

Centered around their six-song EP’s release date, the duo will perform four shows in the United States and one in England. The tour will include stops at the Belasco Ballroom in Los Angeles (March 28), the Midway in San Francisco (March 29), the Warehouse on Watts in Philadelphia (March 31), Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York (April 1), and the Hangar in London (April 3),

“Come dance with strangers to American made Trash-Pop™,” Hoppus and Gaskarth posted on the act’s official Instagram account.

Tickets for the United States dates go on sale this Wednesday, March 13, at 10 a.m. local time while the London date goes on sale this Friday, March 15, at 9 a.m. GMT.

The upcoming shows are in support of Simple Creatures’ debut EP, Strange Love. The record is due out on March 29 with pre-orders currently available on the band’s website. Previously released tracks “Drug” and the album’s title track “Strange Love” are featured on the forthcoming record.

In addition to the handful of intimate gigs, the group also confirmed that their first live gig will actually take place at this year’s Download Festival.

“Legit so excited for Download fest with @simplecreatures — first official gig on the books. It’s gonna be wild and weird and I’m so stoked to get this thing in front of you!!” Gaskarth posted on Twitter at the end of February.

Recently, Hoppus spoke with ALT 98.7 where he revealed that the group already has their first and second EP ready to go while any future music would really depend on All Time Low and blink-182’s schedules.

SIMPLE CREATURES SPRING 2019 SHOWS:

03/28 — Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Ballroom
03/29 — San Francisco, CA – The Midway
03/31 — Philadelphia, PA – Warehouse on Watts
04/01 — New York, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
04/03 — London, U.K. – The Hangar

Alex Gaskarth, Mark Hoppus launch new project

Remember earlier this month when All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth announced that the band would be taking a break later this year? Remember when he said he would be interested in working with the other musicians especially when it came to songwriting? Well, it looks like his at-the-time-rumored plans were just hints about his latest announcement.

On Thursday (Jan. 24) Gaskarth and Blink-182 frontman Mark Hoppus announced the formation of their new act, Simple Creatures. Taking to social media the duo made the official announcement to their unsuspecting fans.

“You might be wondering what in the hell is going on with my socials right now. Well, my good friend Mark Hoppus and I have been quietly making music together for a little while now and we’re finally ready to share it with ya,” Gaskarth posted on Instagram.

He continues: “We’re calling this baby Simple Creatures and we’d like to invite you to join us for the ride.”

Like Gaskarth, Hoppus took to Instagram to write his own introduction to the new band.

“So stoked to finally share Simple Creatures with the world! Alex and I have been working on this new band for a while.”

In addition to the formal introduction, Hoppus and Gaskarth also debuted the band’s first single, “Drug.” Following in true Blink-182 and All Time Low fashion, the song is nothing less than pop-punk goodness.

“‘Drug’ is always the first song we play people when introducing them to Simple Creatures, so it only makes sense that it’s the first single,” explain Hoppus.

“I love the ratty guitar lead mixed with the thumping kick drum. Lyrically, the song is about being destroyed by the things you love.”

The song was written with friend and producer Zakk Cervini whose resume includes All Time Low, Blink-182, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Yungblud.

Listen to “Drug” above.

Simple Creatures’ first EP is due out sometime in March. Pre-orders are available on the band’s website.

As for All Time Low, it looks like the band does not have any immediate plans in the future except for an appearance at this year’s United Kingdom-based music festival Slam Dunk Festival.

As for Blink-182, things have been quiet following the conclusion of their Las Vegas residency. Last week, EDM poster boys the Chainsmokers revealed they had gone into the studio with the band for “an amazing song.”

All Time Low to take “a bit of a break” in 2019

Is All Time Low going on a slight hiatus in the new year? If fans are to believe what frontman Alex Gaskarth said in a recent interview, then it looks very likely. On Friday (Jan. 4), British music publication Kerrang! posted an interview with Gaskarth. During the chat, the magazine and the musician touched on a lot of topics including the band taking a break after touring nonstop throughout the last two years.

“We’re taking a bit for a break. For the last couple of records, we’ve done two-year-long cycles. With Last Young Renegade, it was winding down in the first half of 2018, but then we decided to put out ‘Birthday’ and ‘Everything is Fine,’ which revitalized that campaign and led to more dates on the calendar. That meant another six months was tacked on to what had already been a full album cycle,” he tells Kerrang!

“For us, it feels too soon to be properly thinking about the next record – I need to sleep for at least a fortnight straight! We need to figure out what’s next and what All Time Low should be doing going forward.”

For the four-piece, it does make senses to take a break to revitalize their musical juices. Their last studio album, 2017’s Last Young Renegade, sounded a lot more mature, but earned mixed reviews from their fan base. As for surprise singles “Birthday” and “Everything is Fine,” the two tracks found the band returning to their pop-punk roots, though not entirely.

But, if you were expecting for all four member to go into hibernation for an extended period of time, then you would be wrong. According to Gaskarth, he is interested in working with other musicians especially in the songwriting department during the break.

“I definitely won’t be stepping back from music, that’s for sure,” he shared with the magazine. “I’m looking to do more outside writing for other bands. I’ve been passionate about that for years now, but with All Time Low being what it is, it’s hard to find the time I need to dedicate to it. I’ll be making myself available in 2019 to anyone who wants to write with me, so people should definitely keep an eye out for what I’m up to. There’ll be stuff going on.”

Before taking their well-deserved snooze, the Baltimore-founded band does have one last engagement on their agenda. Back in October, All Time Low was one of eight bands confirmed for this year’s Slam Dunk Festival. The previously announced roster will also include appearances by NOFX, New Found Glory, Waterparks, Story of The Year, Bullet for My Valentine, Saves the Day, and more.

The weekend-long music festival will take place on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. The first day of the festival will take place at its new Leeds home of Temple Newsam Park while the second day will place at Hatfield Park in Hertfordshire.

All Time Low, Silverstein, New Found Glory lead first wave of Slam Dunk 2019 bands

The new year hasn’t even started, but one music festival is already getting ahead of the curve by announcing their first wave of artists. On Wednesday (Oct, 17), the United Kingdom’s Slam Dunk Festival formally unveiled the first set of musicians who will head across the pond during the final weekend of May 2019.

All Time Low, NOFX, New Found Glory, and Silverstein are just some of the eight bands confirmed for the music festival.

“There’s been a bit of an ATL drought in the U.K. recently, so we thought it best to come back,” frontman Alex Gaskarth said about the band’s return to the Slam Dunk stage. Previously performing at the 2013 incarnation of the two-day event, All Time Low aren’t the only Slam Dunk Festival veterans returning next year.

Florida-based pop-punk rockers New Found Glory last hit the festival’s stage in 2010 while Canadians Silverstein last performed at Slam Dunk in 2009.

“We are excited to be returning to the U.K. in 2019 for the next installment of Slam Dunk,” the Ontario-founded band said in a joint statement.

“We originally played the festival way back in 2009 and have been looking forward to doing it again. Expect a jam-packed set of old and new material.”

In addition to the returning bands, the lineup will also include Waterparks, Mad Caddies, local hardcore punkers Gallows, and Story of the Year.

Story of the Year’s inclusion on the lineup comes a year after the group released their first post-hiatus album, Wolves.

“We are crazy stoked for Slam Dunk, especially since we haven’t been to the UK in ages,” said Story of the Year guitarist Ryan Phillips.

“We’re itching to get over there and jam some tracks from our latest album, Wolves.”

Tickets for Slam Dunk Festival 2019 go on sale this Friday, Oct. 19, at 9 a.m. local time.

The weekend-long music festival will take place on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. The first day of the festival will take place at its new Leeds home of Temple Newsam Park while the second day will place at Hatfield Park in Hertfordshire.

SLAM DUNK 2019 FIRST WAVE:

All Time Low
NOFX
New Found Glory
Waterparks
Story of the Year
Gallows
Mad Caddies
Silverstein

All Time Low drop tasty new video for ‘Birthday’

While some people are not big fans of getting surprises for their birthdays, All Time Low are the complete opposite, giving fans a major surprise to jump-start their week.

On Monday (Aug. 13), the Baltimore-founded band unleashed the music video for their latest single, “Birthday.” The almost-four-minute clip begins with all four guys (Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Zack Merrick, and Rian Dawson) locked inside what looks to be a dark and dingy janitor’s closet. While the lights are out, the viewer watches as each member is passed out, tied down to a chair, and wearing a party hat.

Once the lights are turned on, the guys (and the viewer) find themselves inside of a room painted in a combination of pastels colors that would make the 1980s version of Miami Vice jealous. Seated in the middle of the room on a random table is a three-layer cake with a flamingo sparkler on top. After spending some time struggling to get loose from their binds, someone dressed as a panda walks into the room with a mini blowtorch in hand.

For a second, it looks like the panda is going to set all four guys on fire, but instead, he makes his way over to the cake to light the flamingo sparkler. After some time, the boys find themselves seated around the flamingo cake all dressed in white, eagerly awaiting some of that tempting cake. Since this is an All Time Low music video, by the end of the clip there is birthday cake flying everywhere. Watch the music video for “Birthday” above.

“Birthday” is one of two new songs All Time Low released earlier this year. While the band has yet to confirm or deny whether both “Birthday” and “Everything is Fine” will be featured on a new record, they have announced an exclusive Everything is Fine on Your Birthday 7-inch vinyl. The limited-edition vinyl (only 2,500 are available worldwide) is available on the band’s website.

In support of the new set of tunes, All Time Low are currently on tour with Dashboard Confessional and gnash for the first leg of their joint The Summer Ever After tour while the second leg will begin at the end of September.

Listen: All Time Low get celebratory in ‘Birthday’

Surprise!

All Time Low just released another new song. Less than a month after dropping their first surprise single, the group has done it again. On Wednesday (June 27), the Baltimore-founded band unleashed a brand new single titled “Birthday.” Instead of dropping cryptic messages on social media like they had previously done for “Everything is Fine,” the four-piece decided to go in another direction.

In a fun marketing twist, the band sent one of their die-hard fans a birthday cake with the words “With Love All Time Low” written in bright blue icing. According to the recipient’s friend, a link to a web address was written on the cake’s accompanying box. After posting the image and the link on social media, fans were quick to follow the link to a nondescript website. The only thing on the page is an audio image and the direct download link for an mp3 file titled “All Time Low-birthday.”

Head on over to the website here and download the new song now.

“Birthday” is the second “surprise” single All Time Low have released within the past month. While fans have now been gifted two news tunes, the band has yet to formally announce whether these two tracks are standalone singles or part of a brand new record.

“Everything is Fine” and “Birthday” are the first set of new tunes from the band since the release of 2017’s Last Young Renegade.

While the quartet is mum on whether fans should expect a new record soon, they have confirmed plans to hit the North American touring circuit later this summer.

Beginning in August, All Time Low will join forces with Dashboard Confessional and Gnash for their “Summer Ever After” tour. Earlier this week, the two bands announced the second leg of the tour which will find them performing at venues across the country during the months of September and October.

All Time Low, Dashboard Confessional extend ‘Summer Ever After’ tour

A month after announcing their joint, late-summer tour, All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional have added more stops to the upcoming excursion. On Monday (June 25), the two bands added a handful of extra dates to their forthcoming trek set to take place in late September and early October. The second leg of the “Summer Ever After” will begin in Dashboard Confessional’s hometown of Boca Raton, Florida at the Mizner Park Amphitheater and conclude a couple of weeks later on Oct. 12 in San Francisco at The Masonic.

Just like the first leg of the tour, singer-songwriter Gnash will join the two bands on the newly announced tour stops. Tickets for the just-announced shows will go on sale beginning this Friday, June 29. Members of All Time Low’s Hustlers fan club will gain access to pre-sale tickets beginning this Tuesday, June 26, at 10 a.m. local time.

Back in early May, both bands announced the first leg of the summertime tour. All Time Low took the cryptic path by posting “This could be the end of an era…or a new beginning…or some kind of endless summer. We haven’t totally figured it out yet, but what we do know is that we ain’t finished rippin’ gigs for you this year!!!” as their formal announcement.

Unlike their tour mates, Dashboard Confessional kept it simple by posting “We’ve been keeping this a secret for far too long…The Summer Ever After tour with All Time Low and support from Gnash.”

The upcoming tour will be in support of both bands’ recently released records. Dashboard Confessional released their seventh studio album, Crooked Shadow, earlier this year while All Time Low released their seventh studio album, Last Young Renegade last summer. Earlier this month, the Baltimore-founded four-piece released a brand new song titled “Everything is Fine.” Listen to the brand new song above while the newly added “Summer Ever After” tour dates can be found below.

SUMMER EVER AFTER TOUR DATES (LEG TWO):

Sept. 27 – Boca Raton, FL – Mizner Park Amphitheater
Sept. 28 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
Sept. 29 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
Oct. 01 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
Oct. 02 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
Oct. 04 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits at the Moody Theater
Oct. 06 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
Oct. 08 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
Oct. 09 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Oct. 11 – Avila Beach, CA – Avila Beach Golf Resort
Oct. 12 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic

All Time Low drop surprise new single ‘Everything is Fine’

Following 24 hours of cryptic posts on social media, All Time Low unveiled what they were hiding. On Wednesday (June 13), the Baltimore-founded band unleashed their first new song in an over year. Titled “Everything is Fine,” the new tune sounds like it could easily find a home on either the band’s 2011 release Dirty Work or 2012’s Don’t Panic! Lyrically though, the song sounds like it could be a B-side off their recently released record, Last Young Renegade.

Listen to “Everything is Fine” above.

The new song’s debut comes a day after frontman Alex Gaskarth questioned whether his Twitter followers would be interested in some new music.

“You guys like new music or what?” the musician wrote on the social media platform.

Soon after, every social media account associated with the band and its members posted an image with the words “everything is fine” on it. While fans now know that the cryptic posts were about the new song, the band has yet to elaborate on whether this song will be a one-off single or if it will be part of a brand new album.

All Time Low released their seventh studio album, Last Young Renegade, last June making it their first release through their new home of Fueled By Ramen.

Later this summer, the four-piece will embark on the first leg of their Summer Ever After tour with Dashboard Confessional. The tour will begin on Aug. 3 at the Myth Live on St. Paul, Minnesota and conclude a few weeks later on Aug. 26 at the Stone Pony Summerstage in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Prior to the summertime trek, All Time Low will play three California stops on the final Vans Warped Tour. After that, they will head out to Chicago to perform at this year’s Lollapalooza.

Check out All Time Low’s summertime tour itinerary here.