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All Time Low @ The Novo 7/7/17. Photo by Hector Vergara (@theHextron) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
All Time Low @ The Novo 7/7/17. Photo by Hector Vergara (@theHextron) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

In mid February of this year, pop punk mega giants All Time Low debuted the new single “Dirty Laundry” before fully announcing the release of their fifth studio album “Last Young Renegade”. Along with this exciting news was word of a full US summer tour with support from Waterparks and SWMRS. The fifth date of the tour brought the quartet to Los Angeles where they sold out The Novo.

After electrifying opening sets from Waterparks and SWMRS, All Time Low took to the stage and the crowd of mainly teenage girls exploded. The opening track was “Last Young Renegade” the first track off the new album, and as soon as the chorus hit I could feel the ground begin to literally shake as the crowd hopped up and down in unison. I hadn’t been to The Novo in nearly 8 years (and back then it was called The Nokia Club), but I definitely don’t remember the ground trembling like that, so needless to say it did catch me off guard. Right from the get-go, the crowd was in full mosh-mode, singing along to every song, crowd surfing and in true All Time Low fashion, throwing various pieces of underwear on stage with hand written messages on them. Now I’ve definitely been hit with objects in the photo pit such as shoes, empty cups of beer, semi empty cups of beer and feet, but this show was the first time a pair of panties landed on me and my camera.

All Time Low @ The Novo 7/7/17. Setlist.About halfway through their set, the lights dimmed and the large LED screen behind the band lit up. Soft piano music accompanied various clips of fans speaking on how much the band means to them and how much All Time Low’s music has affected their lives. It was really rather a beautiful moment as the audience cheered to these clips that eventually faded away when Alex hit the stage with an acoustic guitar and began playing “Missing You”. The mic stands of each of the All Time Low boys steadily became covered with bras throughout a set that consisted of classics such as “Backseat Serenade”, “Weightless” “Lost In Stereo” and “Something’s Gotta Give” while still squeezing in tracks off the new album such as “Dirty Laundry”, “Life Of The Party and “Good Times” before walking off the stage. After a few moments the band came back out and went right into another new track, “Kids In The Dark” before closing out the night with “Dear Maria, Count Me In”.

All Time Low began in 2003 in the midst of the rise of pop punk, and while some would say this scene isn’t as big as it once used to be, you would have been hard pressed to say that at this show. For All Time Low, their legend seems to have only gotten bigger with their audience seemingly remaining at around the same age. Though their live shows still have that quirky and goofy youthful attitude that they’ve had since the started their musical journey, their music has matured over the years with “Last Young Renegade” proving that point. The tone of songs such as “Good Times” and “Nightmares” reflect a stark difference from their boyish antics on stage. Their album comes in an age where older pop punk bands like Paramore and Panic! At The Disco are beginning to evolve into something more pop, but All Time Low are still holding strong to their roots while continuing to show the world that they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

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