All Time Low hosted a sold out Americanized celebration of the national day at the Olympia Theatre last night. The pop-punk heartthrobs are on their way to making the St. Patrick’s Day show in Dublin a tradition.
Currently touring Europe following the release of their latest singles “Something’s Gotta Give” and “Kids In The Dark”, the Baltimore-based boys are close to releasing “Future Hearts”, their sixth studio album, expected in April. Warmed up by Real Friends and Neck Deep, a crowd of 1600 Irish teenagers got a memorable Paddy’s Day celebration.
Repeating last year’s success, the band spent two days drinking Guinness at local pubs and making jokes about their genitals, ending the celebration in proposing a continuation of the new
tradition to an ecstatic crowd.
Although crying diehards and devoted teenagers make an appreciative crowd, the band even enthuses the few bystanders and skeptics, delivering 16 hits in a steady, energetic pace. Their performance is perfected and honed, just like their musical transition from the messy, high-school-punk-pop, Blink 182-inspired beginning to their current style of mainstream (but still not widely recognized), melodic, Fall Out Boy-esque teenage anthems.
From entering the stage with powerful “A Love Like War”, the band goes through their usual catalogue of bouncy “Weightless” and “Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)” from the 2009-era, to giving the crowd an intimate session with tearjerkers “Remembering Sunday” and “Therapy”. Plowing through the hits of mostly 2011’s “Dirty Work” and 2012’s “Don’t Panic”, the band genuinely enjoyed the deafening sing-along to the culminating performance of newest single, “Kids In The Dark”, released only a week ago.
Out of breath, screaming for more, the typical All Time Low-crowd follow the rhythms and routines of the show: Throwing bra’s and occasional thongs at guitarist Jack Barakat on the left, Irish flags and teddybears at vocalist Alex Gaskarth, leaving it to drummer Rian Dawson to keep the beat while bassist Zack Merrick does his usual bass-pirouettes, anonymous in comparison to the show-stealing guitarist.
Though pulling wishful rockstars from the crowd on stage for three minutes of fame during “Time-Bomb” is a charming act, it creates a wish for a less expected and perfected routine. All Time Low have stayed fun and reliable through their journey towards the big stages and arenas. They’re a pop-punk machinery in tight jeans and singlets, running on joyful screams and tears from teenage girls. A recipe for success.
No cliché is beneath this band. Leaving the crowd screaming for more, just to come back for an encore, rounding up the St. Paddy’s celebration with “The Reckless And The Brave” and finally “Dear Maria (Count Me In)” from 2007’s “So Wrong It’s Right”, the only truly old track in their set.
For the first time since our first encounter in early 2008, the nostalgic longing for the “Jasey Rae”-era is more prominent than the joy of hearing new material live for the first time, but when Gaskarth sings “I’m a cliché in a song – and everybody’s singing along” everyone obliges.