All Time Low celebrates summer with Dashboard Confessional at Jacobs Pavilion

August 6, 2018

All Time Low celebrates summer with Dashboard Confessional at Jacobs Pavilion

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland’s highly successful Tri-C High School Rock Off proves – as if there were any doubt – just how many high school kids are wannabe rock stars.

All Time Low, then, proves that sometimes, high school dreams do come true.

Alex Gaskarth and his buddies in Towson, Maryland, a ’burb outside Baltimore, put together the band while prom and SATs were the primary topics of the day. And so far, it’s worked pretty well for the alternative group that will co-headline with Dashboard Confessional at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on Friday, Aug.10.

“I don’t think we ever expected to leave Baltimore,″ said Gaskarth, who was calling from Nashville during a break in rehearsals for the tour.

“Success is such an intangible, and it’s defined differently by everybody,″ said the All Time Low vocalist and primary songwriter. “To me, withstanding the test of time is the true success.″

It’s been 15 years since the guys got together, 14 since their first EPs and 13 since their debut studio album, “The Party Scene.″ And somewhere along the way, it became clear that a career in music wasn’t just a teenage whim, but a real possibility.

“Being in it, it’s harder to define those moments,″ Gaskarth said. “We didn’t come into it with any fully realized kind of intention, but I think it’s been a series of marked moments where we realized something’s really happening here.

“The second time we did Warped tour – in 2007 – people want to come and get our T-shirts signed by us,″ he said. “We looked at each other and realized ‘People are beginning to care about this thing!’ ″

All Time Low has done a few stops on this 23rd and final installment of the Warped Tour, too, just to circle back to the beginning.

“This goes back to what I was saying in defining success,″ Gaskarth said, citing founder Kevin Lyman’s tour. “It’s a pretty good ‘experiment’ to be going on for more than 20 years.

“Given all its trials and tribulations, it leaves behind such a rich legacy,″ he said.

“There was nothing and is nothing and never will be anything like the Warped Tour,″ Gaskarth said. “Only now that it’s coming to an end are people truly realizing that. We’re just super proud to be a part of it, and being able to be a part of the . . . the tour that helped us find our sea legs.″

Discussing the band’s history with the Warped Tour helped put the singer-songwriter into a reflective mood, thinking about the dreams of a 15-year-old schoolboy and the reality of a 30-year-old professional musician.

“We’re definitely in a different place in our lives,″ Gaskarth acknowledged. “The life experience hasn’t changed, and I think that’s what’s incredible about getting to still do this.

“We’re seeing things through the lens of what we’re doing now and where we are,″ he said. “People are invested in All Time Low . . . and interested in seeing us grow and change in our music.″

That music now features singles as much as it does albums, which is kind of an acknowledgement of the changing face of the music business. Even though All Time Low released its latest album, “Last Young Renegade,″ only a year ago, the newest music is two singles – “On Your Birthday” and “Everything Is Fine″ – that were not on the album.

“It’s an interesting time in music these days,″ he said. “There’s less demand to put out long-form pieces of work.″

Though another album probably will be forthcoming, whether these songs are the harbingers hasn’t been determined. More, it’s a function of following the trend in the industry “in this day and age when things are being streamed.

“It’s a much different consumer base at this point,″ Gaskarth said. “People are digesting music in a different way.″

So, while many All Time Low fans are still in the discovery process for “Last Young Renegade,″ the band wasn’t content to sit by and wait for that album’s popularity to run its course.

“We felt like we wanted to put something new out,″ he said. “We felt it was time for something a little more lighthearted for an up tempo, summery feel.″

Which proves that summer remains a big deal to every high school kid . . . even 15 years after the fact.

All Time Low When: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Where: Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, 2014 Sycamore on the west bank of Cleveland’s Flats. Co-headliner: Dashboard Confessional. Opener: gnash. Tickets: $35 to $39.50 at the box office, ticketmaster.com and livenation.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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