While you all here on, Buzznet were busy celebrating Jalextine`s Day (yes, such thing does exists), I went to witness the actual bromance in real life. Not only between the two of them but the whole band because All Time Low headlined London`s Shepherd`s Bush Empire on 3 sold out nights in a row!
There is no headliner without at least one support band though. All Time Low had two of them: The Summer Set - who started their London adventures with a car accident but luckily survived; and Lower Than Atlantis - who are British and because they are Watford based, I like to call them my neighbours.
I missed The Summer Set`s performance in style: I was in late and had to ask a few people to find the venue. What a shame. I`ve heard they brought the guys from The Cab on stage the day before because they were filming that set, so I was excited they might do that again. I`ll never know now.
Lower Than Atlantis might be familiar to some of you from the Reading Festival post back in the day. They totally killed it this time as well. Being on home fields and a quite popular British band with radio play, the crowd was really supportive and knew the songs. I don`t remember all the set-list but 'Love Someone Else' was the opening; they also played the actual single 'Go On Strike'; then the first song I`ve ever heard of them, 'Deadliest Catch'; or the other big hit single 'If The World Was To End'. My favourite part of the show was 'Another Sad Song' though: Mike Duce guitarist and leadsinger playing on stage alone with an acoustic guitar and the audience chanting along the words. Brilliant. The band is back at Shepherd`s Bush in April as headliners and also heading out to the States for a few shows so check `em out!
The same thing is my favourite at around the 3/4 of All Time Low`s set: Alex Gaskarth, one guitar, Rian Dawson on the drumms, 'Remembering Sunday' minus Juliet Simms (sadly) and the crowd singing. I`ve got a thing with these parts of a live concert. But back to the start...
After a surreal Macarena dance (that`s happened and I still can`t get over it), ATL kicked off with 'Somewhere In Neverland'; 'Lost In Stereo' and 'Time Bomb' are probably my favourites live besides the previously mentioned 'Remembering Sunday'; 'Guts' is Alex`s favourite and they put it on the set-list only for London. Do it for London, do it for me! Sorry, wrong city...they did it 'For Baltimore'! 'Backseat Serenade' stuck in my head since last night. Yet again, sadly the lady vocalist of the song (Cassadee Pope) wasn`t there. Is it me or they mostly collaborate with The Voice contestants by the way? I did not get the chance to hear my 2012 summer anthem 'The Reckless and the Brave' live in summer but it was still great to do it in winter. The show wouldn`t be complete without 'Weightless', 'Damned if I Do Ya`, the old school 'Jasey Rae' and the always-the-last-song-to-play 'Dear Maria'... AND the brilliant lighting design of Jeff Maker! I must mention this because it really gives a huge extra experience to every All Time Low show that happenes indoor and it`s getting better each year!
Oooo is that a photo of the drummer while doing the drum solo? -Yes, please!
Kudos for another extraordinary performance (and birthday party 2nd year in a row for yours truly) despite the illness that is running through the crew and for being so funny and entertaining. There is no other band (or I haven`t seen them yet) who`s goofing around between songs more than ATL. Even Zack seemed happier and interacted more with the audience than ever. I love this!
Summary: the names might have low points and ATL is LTA backwards and vice versa but the performances were on top.
Dear bands, you owe me a birthday cake after these nice words!
I`m kidding, it`s enough if you all keep making quality music (and if next time a dancing Jack comes on stage during the Macarena) X
(sorry for the shitty photos but I rather add them instead of having a boring plain text)