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.”

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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.

All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional to live ‘Summer Ever After’

Ready to add another huge tour to your lengthy summertime concert schedule? If not, it’s time to do so. On Monday (May 14) All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional announced plans to hit the road together during the month of August. Titled the “Summer Ever After” tour, the excursion will kick off on Aug. 3 at Myth Live in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending a couple of weeks traveling across the continent, the trek will conclude its first leg on Aug. 26 at the Stone Pony Summerstage in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The tour dates for the second leg of the excursion will reportedly be announced within the next few weeks.

Taking to social media, both bands announced the upcoming co-headlining tour in their own special way.

“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!!!” posted All Time Low on their official Twitter account.

As for Dashboard, they took a more direct approach with their announcement: “We’ve been keeping this a secret for far too long…The Summer Ever After tour with All Time Low and support from Gnash.”

As confirmed by Dashboard, singer-songwriter Gnash will be the groups’ direct supporting act. Tickets for the “Summer Ever After” tour will go on sale beginning this Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. local time.

Fan club and Citi pre-sales will begin this Tuesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. local time and conclude on Thursday. All other pre-sales will begin on Thursday, May 17. For more details about the upcoming tour, you can head on over to either All Time Low‘s or Dashboard Confessional‘s websites.

The upcoming tour will be in support of All Time Low’s recently released record, Last Young Renegade. The band’s seventh studio album was released back in June of 2017 and quickly landed at the number nine spot on Billboard’s 200 chart. This album also marked the group’s first with their new record label, Fueled By Ramen.

Prior to embarking on the “Summer Ever After” tour, All Time Low will play three California dates on the final Vans Warped Tour. After that, they will head out to Chicago to perform at this year’s Lollapalooza.

Much like All Time Low, the upcoming tour will be in support of Dashboard Confessional’s recently released record, Crooked Shadow. Their seventh studio album also marks their first record to be released via their new home of Fueled By Ramen.

For now, the “Summer Ever After” tour dates can be found below.

SUMMER EVER AFTER TOUR DATES (LEG ONE):

Aug. 3 – St. Paul, Minnesota – Myth Live

Aug. 4 – Kansas City, Missouri – Uptown Theater

Aug. 5 – Indianapolis, Indiana – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

Aug. 7 – Detroit, Michigan – Masonic Temple Theatre

Aug. 9 – Columbus, Ohio – Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheatre

Aug. 10 – Cleveland, Ohio – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

Aug, 11 – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – Musikfest

Aug. 12 – Lewiston, New York – Artpark Amphitheater

Aug, 14 – Toronto, Ontario – Echo Beach

Aug. 15 – Wallingford, Connecticut – Toyota Presents Oakdale

Aug. 17 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Skyline Stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Aug. 18 – Baltimore, Maryland – MECU Pavilion

Aug. 19 – New York, New York – Pier 17 at South Street Seaport

Aug. 21 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Stage AE – Outdoors

Aug. 24 – Portland, Maine – Maine State Pier

Aug. 25 – Boston, Massachusetts – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Aug. 26 – Asbury Park, New Jersey – Stone Pony Summerstage

Watch All Time Low bring their live show to the small screen in ‘Afterglow’

The last year was a busy one for the guys of All Time Low between nonstop touring, releasing a new album, a wedding, and more, so it’s not that surprising that things have been a little quiet over there. On Wednesday (April 25), the Baltimore-based band sort of returned when they released the live music video for their song, “Afterglow.” Taking to social media the day before the video’s debut, the band posted a message urging their Hustlers (name of their fan club) to log in for a special surprise.

Less than 12 hours after giving the gift to their fan club members first, the music video for the closing track on Last Young Renegade was released to the general public. The four-minute clip has a simple premise;  live shots of the group performing at the Alexandria Palace in London. Though most of the video features the band performing, it also incorporated footage of them behind-the-scenes as well as their fans.

“We released a live video for ‘Afterglow’ last night, shot at Alexandria Palace in London. We let it trickle out through our fan-club first, so if you missed the memo, go check it out now,” the band posted on Twitter. Watch the clip above.

“Afterglow” is featured on All Time Low’s most recent album, Last Young Renegade. The record, the group’s seventh studio album, was released back in June of 2017 and quickly landed at the number nine spot on Billboard‘s 200 chart selling 33,000 units in its first week.

This summer, All Time Low will continue their nonstop touring schedule with a set at Lollapalooza and a handful of dates on the final Vans Warped Tour.

Watch: All Time Low drop live video for ‘Drugs & Candy’

All Time Low released their seventh album last June, earning them the number nine spot on Billboard‘s 200 chart. After being on the road for most of 2017, the group has returned to treat fans to a brand new music video. On Monday (Jan. 29), the Baltimore-based band unleashed their live music video for their latest single, “Drugs & Candy.”

The almost four-minute clip features footage from the band’s travels across the world throughout 2017 as well as footage from their show in Amsterdam. In an interview with Billboard, frontman Alex Gaskarth admits that it was purely coincidental that the name of the song is “Drugs & Candy” and that the performance was shot in Amsterdam.

“A lot of people have pointed out the irony of attaching a song called ‘Drugs & Candy’ to Amsterdam, but that was not the intention,” Gaskarth admits. “A lot of people were like, ‘You realize what you’re doing, right?’ Just a happy accident.”

As it turns out, the real reason behind shooting in Amsterdam had more to do with the fans embracing the Maryland four-piece which eventually led to them selling out the arena.

“The real reason was that it was one of the biggest shows we ever played in Amsterdam. Amsterdam, for whatever reason, has really embraced this band and the shows keep getting bigger and bigger.”

Watch the music video for “Drugs & Candy” above while Gaskarth’s full interview with Billboard can be read here.

“Drugs & Candy” is featured on All Time Low’s recently released record, Last Young Renegade. The record includes a total of five hit singles; “Good Times,” “Nice2KnoU,” “Life of the Party,” “Last Young Renegade” and first single, “Dirty Laundry.”

In support of Last Young Renegade, All Time Low will continue their Young Renegades world tour. Prior to embarking on the second leg of their North American Young Renegades tour, All Time Low will stop in Europe with Creeper to celebrate the anniversary of their hit sophomore album So Wrong, It’s Right. During those shows, the group will perform the album in full.

After wrapping up the short European excursion in March, the band will take a few weeks off before kicking off their North American trek on April 6 at Piere’s in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The complete list of upcoming All Time Low tour dates can be seen below.

ALL TIME LOW UNITED KINGDOM TOUR DATES:

March 12 – Glasgow, UK – SECC
March 14 – Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
March 15 – Birmingham, UK – Genting Arena
March 16 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
March 17 – London, UK – Alexandra Palace

ALL TIME LOW NORTH AMERICA TOUR DATES:

April 6 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
April 7 – Peoria, IL – Limelight Eventplex
April 9 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine
April 10 – Jacksonville, FL – Mavericks at the Landing
April 11 – Columbia, SC – Music Farm
April 13 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater
April 15 – Sioux Falls, SD – The District
April 18 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma Theatre
April 19 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
April 20 – Reno, NV -Whitney Peak Hotel
April 21 – Chico, CA – Senator Theatre
May 4 – May 6 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Music Festival