All Time Low Interview at Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey during Warped Tour 2008 on July 28th
After being AN HOUR AND A HALF late to their interview because they missed their original time and then had a signing at 5 we were informed that they didn't have time to do individual interviews with the "kids" aka the people who didn't have video interviews for shows so we were going to do a group one.
So after waiting for very long time, us girls waiting (the two guys were off exploring a creepy hallway thing) start to get fed up. I glance at my phone to see the time, notice it's 5 minutes until Cobra Starship plays, and go, "What the FUCK" really loud because I know I'm going to miss them and I'm kind of pissed of that I'm missing this chance to shoot them. Right as I go "FUCK", Alex and Jack walk through the door and it goes dead silent in the interview area among the girls waiting. Luckily, Jack and Alex didn't hear me or if they did they didn't comment but it was such bad timing! JUST as they walked through the door and went "HEYY", I swore really loudly. After collapsing in laughter and getting composed again, everyone formed a circle and the interview began! Huzzah!
So to make things easier to follow because of all the interviewers, the bands members are bolded,
actions are italized and in (parentheses), and I'm purple.
We did a round circle interview so everyone only got a few questions.
Credit where needed for questions and such to Rachel from StopRockAndBlogIt,
the other interviewers, and the other organizations they worked on the behalf on.
With a flurry of lean, tan limbs and brightly colored skintight clothing, Jack Barakat and Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low saunter through the doorway and into the sunny court yard where a small group of girls and two guys are waiting to talk to them. Followed by their tour manager and long time friend, Matt Flyzik, hovering behind them with a radio clipped to his shirt and a protective glint in his eye, you can tell that time with these boys is coveted today. He surveys the fray of interviewers with a casual but practiced steel glance before realizing he can put down his guard and feel comfortable enough to leave us alone with the boys. He claps his them on the shoulders before turning around to take care of some other business.
Friendly Jack, guitarist, automatically comes over and gives everyone high fives with excitedly going, "Hi! I'm Jack!" to every single person in the semi circle. Relaxed Alex, guitarist and lead singer, grins with a smile that lights up his eyes at Jack's antics and hangs back for a second while his best friend and band mate dives right in to mingle before moving to introduce himself, shake hands, and high five people also. As if these well known boys really need to waste precious time telling us their names. Recently they have been on MTV, in countless magazines, and put out their first label released full length, So Wrong It's Right. There probably wasn't a soul on the grounds who didn't recognize them or know about their famously upbeat and fun sets. But it was a nice gesture as you could see them processing the names and faces of the interviewers, obviously all fans on their band, as they met them and tucking it away somewhere in their (slightly dirty but hilarious) minds.
Jack [All Time Low]: Let's get this started!
Alex [All Time Low] : Can we do it in truth or dare format?! (Thinks about it.) Actually that won't work.
Savannah [Tollgate Tribune] : Ahaha not really.
Female Interviewer 1 : You'd have to say truth every time.
Rachel [Stop, Rock, and Blog It] : How about Never Ever Have I Ever?
Alex : That would be fun! (Jack and Alex put three fingers up.) Never ever have I ever sucked another mans dick!
Jack : (Puts a finger down.) Damn it! Damnnn it!
Male Interviewer : You said another mans though and there's only two guys here
Alex : I've sucked a womans dick before. That's why I clarified.
Rachel : This Never Ever Have I Ever isn't working here.
Male Interviewer : Everybody get ready with their real questions. Ok, let's get down to some important things now. Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?
Alex : Crunchy!
Jack : Crunchy! Hell yeah!
Male Interviewer : Sweet, alright. Let's go two for two - puffed or crunchy cheerios?
Alex : PUFF DADDY!
Male Interviewer : Uh not cheerios, cheetos!
Alex : Wait, cheetos? Definitely crunchy!
Jack : Puffed.
Alex : (To Jack.) You're wrong. Crunchy!
Interviewers : (Everyone chimes in with their opinions.)
Rachel : This is a legit questions. So the cat has been out of the bag about the line up of your fall tour for a while-
Alex : (Interrupts without missing a beat.) You can say the pussys been out of the sack. I like that better.
All : (Laughter from everyone.)
Rachel : However you want to word it, are we allowed to talk about it or..
Jack : Let's talk!
Alex : No, it's not a secret anymore.
Jack : Let's talk. We're taking out Blink 182!
Alex : It's us, Journey, and Led Zeppelin. We're headlining out of all them.
Jack : Hell yeah.
Alex : No, it's Mayday Parad- Wait did you already say who was on it?
Rachel: No, I was askig if we can talk about it even though I know.
Alex Mayday Parade, The Maine, and Every Avenue. It's been announced officially.
Savannah : That is an amazing line up.
Alex : It's going to be fun. You should come out. I strongly recommend it. To everyone of all ages.
Jack : We'll be selling... (Looks around suspiciously and then lowers his voice to a whisper.) ...SHADE. (Everyone, including the band members laugh.)
Jack : Doesn't that sound like a great drug name?!
Alex : We like shade.
Male Interviewer : Do you know when the dates will be available?
Alex : They go up tomorrow I think.
Female Interviewer 2 : How does it feel to have so much suc-sucess (Stumbles over her words here.) in such a short time?
Alex : (Interrupts smoothly.) So much sex in such a short time? My penis is chaffing!
Interviewer : (Groans and laughs with everyone else.) I knew that one was coming!
Jack : It's been awesome. A really long road actually. We've actually been a band for five years. No, six years actually.
Alex : It's been a long and winding road. But the past year and a half has been like the craziest. It's definitely when it's taken off the most. Just badass, it's been great. It's really cool that kids actually like us.
Jack : I don't know why they do.
Alex : I can't explain it. It's like a phenomenon.
Rachel : If you could have a shot at love with Tila Tequila would you?
Alex : FUCK NO.
Jack : I would have a shot at her boobs.
Alex : She looks like a giant alien. She has a huge head!
Rachel : She's like this tall! (Holds her hand to her shoulder.)
Alex : And her head is like THIS BIG! (Spreads his arms out and almost hits Jack in the face.) It's like when you play Goldmine in N64 and turn on DK mode and their head gets big.
Male Interviewer : What's your favorite '90's Nickelodeon show?
Jack : Soldier shorts. (With a lisp.) Donkey lips.
Alex : Rocking my life.
Female Interviewer 1 : Do you guys have any crazy tour stories?
Alex : Yeah, once Omack actually appeared on our bus and ate Zack.
Jack : We met Tom DeLonge today!
Alex : We did. That was crazy.
Male Interviewer : Was today the first time you met him?
Jack : Yesterday I met him for the first time.
Alex : I shook his hand.
Male Interviewer : How is it being on tour with a member of what used to be your favorite band?
Jack : I have to say it's insane. Every time I see him I'm like, "AHH". (Makes a mixture of fan girl and nerding out face.)
Alex : He has more freckles than I thought!
Jack : Yeah!
Male Interviewer : Is it true you guys are recording something with Mark Hoppus?
Alex : Not recording. I wrote a song with Mark Hoppus. Probably which will appear on our next record. Now that's what happened. It's a good song.
Rachel : How does it feel to know you have probably one of the greatest tour managers on Warped? He is so on top of things.
Alex : He is THE BEST Warped Tour manager ever.
Rachel : Seriously, thank him for me!
Alex : He's the best tour manager ever.
Jack: Yeah, I think he's the only tour manager who actually sings for a band.
Alex : If he quit I'd think we'd have to break up.
Jack : He's just as much in this band as Rian his and he's not here.
Female Interviewer 1 : Yeah, where is Rian and Zack?
Alex : Dead.
Rachel : That's not even funny.
Jack : That's not even funny... It's hilarious.
Alex : You should see how they died, it's hilarious.
Female Interviewer 2 : Did you throw them in The Meadowlands?
Jack : Yes, The Meadowlands!
Female Interviewer 2 : The Mafia way!
Female Interviewer 3 : How do you deal with the negative feedback about people saying that you're a main stream band now?
Jack : We kill 'em.
Alex : I don't even know what that means! I think that's stupid. Like The Red Hot Chili Peppers is a main stream band. I.. I don't know...
Male Interviewer : Are you a Chili Peppers fan?
Alex : Yes!
Jack : Hell yeah, hell yeah.
Alex : Every band started somewhere. Bands that get on radios suddenly get a bad rap for being successful. And it's like, that's why you started a band so...
Rachal : You guys still aren't on Hot 95.5.
Alex : Yeah, and that's the thing we're obviously not a main stream band yet because we can't fucking get played on the radio for the life of us! (Jokes.) Let's tune in Sirius [online radio] guys! (Everyone laughs.) Yeah, but I don't know. Without... I don't know... I think, I think it's a natural thing. And that is happens to every band. Especially bands in this scene. You know, the kids who discovered every band consider them their back pocket band. And when they are suddenly too big to fit in the back pocket, those kids get bummed out.
Jack : You guys need bigger pockets.
Alex : You have to make some bigger pants.
Male Interviewer : That's what they make cargo pants for.
Alex : Exactly dude! So kids, put on some cargos. I know they don't look good but oh well.
Rachel : We have a fan question from Amanda and she asks, What are your Three Words To Remember When Dealing With The End?
Alex : (Chuckles when he hears the question.) Suck this dick! (Laughter from everyone, ATL boys included.)
Jack : It was "I Love You", wasn't it?
Alex : Yeah, I think it was supposed to be "I Love You" at the time because we were all like...
Alex and Jack : emo!
Jack : And we were all like, "The Three Words To Remember woblahhhh".
Alex : We thought we were like Finch or something.
Female Interviewer 4 : Finch played at Bamboozle right before you.
Savannah : Who are your favorite unsigned bands?
Alex : (Somehow manages to sing while musing "Ummm" so it sounds like he's meditating.) Umm... That's a good question!
Jack : Shit!
Alex : One of the bands I'm really into right now that still is not signed is Friday Night Boys.
Rachel : Yes! Thank you!
Alex : There's good things coming their way I think.
Jack : I'm really into that band, The Foo Fighters? They really need to get signed! It's a shame really. It's pretty weird.
Female Interviewer 3 : Where do you guys get some of your music video ideas?
Alex : Satan himself comes to me in my dreams.
Jack : It's a mix between Alex and the band and our record label.
Female Interviewer 2 : How did the treatment for Dear Maria come up?
Alex : That was mostly me and our director and the head of marketing at our label going back and forth about the story behind the song. And, you know, what we thought would be funny and what would look really cool on camera. And yeah, so, it was fun!
Jack : The Poppin' video debuts next friday.
Alex : Yeah, the new video comes out. Everybody in Milwaukee is pissed.
[Note : They would be pissed because All Time Low missed their Warped Tour to go on FNMTV.]
Rachel : What is your favorite lyric you've ever written?
Alex : The favorite lyric I've ever written I think is the bridge, the whole bridge, of Jasey Rae. It's like my favorite little piece. The "I've never told a lie..." part.
[I interrupt this interview to tell you that that is MY favorite lyric of his too. SQUEE. Ok, now back to your regularly scheduled program.]
Rachel : Do you have any unreleased lyrics Jack?
Jack : What?
Alex : Jack's not much of a lyricist.
Jack : I write some pretty bad beats. Y'know. I have a rap song called My Dick Tastes Like Applesauce. I'm working on it. It's going to be on Hot 99.5 next week.
Alex : I'm a genre bending creative butterfly so I mingle. Yeah, but I do have a rap song I wrote.
Savannah : You have got to copyright that.
Alex : Exactly, I'm waiting to BLOSSOM. (Throws hands in air like wings.)
Female Interviewer 1 : What would you do if you weren't in a band?
Alex : A vet! I'd be a vet!
Jack : I'd probably be in college. Ugh.
Alex : I'd be studying to be a vet!
Jack : I don't know why I would be in college but I would.
Alex : A vet! No, um, Jack would be in prison!
Jack : Yeah, getting ass raped.
Alex : Seriously, I don't know. (Ponders.) I don't know. I don't like to think that way, it scares me.
Savannah : Do you have any siblings who would like to get in the music business?
Alex : No!
Jack : My sister has a much better job than me.
Alex : (Snickers in agreement.)
Jack : She gets to photograph, like, big movie stars like George Clooney.
Alex : Yeah, she was George Clooneys personal assistant for two days. She got to hang out with him!
Everyone : (Laughs.)
Alex : No, really! She got to hang out with him and give him breakfast and buy him suits and stuff! (To Jack.) Wasn't he, like, a dope dude?
Jack : Yeah. See, now, that's the life right there. George Clooney.
Rachel : Doesn't he live in Italy?
Alex : I think that's where she was. (To Jack.) Right dude?
Jack : Uh, yeah!
Alex : And then in, like, Spain or something.
Male Interviewer : If you could be one article of clothing on one celebrity for one day- who what, and why?
Alex : Well, since Brittney Spears doesn't wear underwear, I'd say I'd be her vagina for her a day. 'Cause I'd get the most press out of any article of clothing!
Jack : I'd like to be Dave Grohls condom
Matt Flyzik [All Time Low's Tour Manger] : (Coming through the door.) He's married!
Jack : He's what? I'd just like to be his penis.
Alex : Is his wife hot?
Matt : Hey guys, we actually have to stop now. We have to do one more interview.
Jack : Lolz, roftl.
Matt : Thank you for being here!
Alex : Yeah, thank you guys!
All the interviewers groan sadly over this because talking with them had to be one of the funniest and most natural things to do. Alex and Jack make a face about leaving and give everyone more high fives, record things for friends of the interviewers who couldn't make it to Warped, and say goodbyes to all of us. Before they are shepperd away by Matt to do another interview, I manage to snag Jack and ask him to sign my bag. Alex comes over and takes the sharpie and signs my bag too. Everyone collectively leaves through the door, joking around and smiling. It's been a good time, well worth the wait.