On June 2nd, our guys in All Time Low released Last Young Renegade via Fueled By Ramen. Lead vocalist, Alex Gaskarth, has said that this record is the band’s story. It looks back at what they’ve done and who they are as individuals. While listening to the album you can hear exactly that.
It begins with “Last Young Renegade.” This song has a sweeter sound to it. The guitars are soft, the drums calm and the lyrics hit home with almost every listener with lines like “You said you’re sick and tired of it/but I need you morning, night and day/I miss you every single way”.
Next, you’ll hear “Drugs & Candy.” This track definitely has a pop sound to it, but in a good way. It stays around the same pace throughout the entire song and the vocals in the chorus are super cool. This is a track that anyone can vibe with.
“Dirty Laundry” was the first single to be released off the album and it’s also the most unique sounding. It has slow-paced pop verses, rocking guitar solos and it breaks down into an older All Time Low feel towards the end. Lyrics such as “I don’t care about what you did/only care about what we do/dirty laundry/looks good on you,” can make a listener feel understood, even relatable on another level. “Dirty Laundry” is a fan favorite as well as a personal favorite of mine.
A little further down the record you’ll find “Nice2KnoU.” This tune is jam packed with classic All Time Low pop-punk melodies while playing out like an anthem for the band and their fans. “Nightmares” has an eerie entrance, but as the vocals kick, in the guitar is enough to give you chills all on it’s own. The rest of the track is simple and elegant, showing what each member of the band is capable of in a subtle way.
The album closes out with the ’80’s-esque sounding “Afterglow.” The whole track is light and easy going which is the perfect way to put an end to the album and lead us into a perfect start to the summer.
We’re definitely fans of the ATL album. Make sure to pick up Last Young Renegade and let us know your thoughts about it!