06 February 2010 – The headline for the Kerrang Tour shows as All Time Low and after shooting them last year I was eager to see if their would be a big difference as last time their bassist couldn’t make the show so they had someone else fill in for them.
I can’t say that it changed a whole lot and although I don’t really like their stuff at all, the crowd loved it. It’s not that I have anything against them because I think that Alex is really perfect for the role of front man and he has a good feel to him but I think that on a tour like this, where the bands are as good as they were giving as much effort as they did, its hard to follow up with something that doesn’t stand out as much. Personally if I was watching these guys on their own it would have been less noticable but the “opening” bands were outstanding and I think that as a headline, the show never belonged to them. Not sure if it was just the damper on the lighting or if something else was wrong but I just wasn’t convinced. I work with a lot of bands and quite a lot of them are a similar style except when I work with them it seems a lot more natural, a lot less pushed. Kind of like these guys might just be trying too hard – possibly exclude Alex from this comment.
All in all it was alright and again the crowd loved it. Maybe I am just getting old or maybe I am just starting to look for something unique in the scene. Maybe it’s passion, I think it might be more about that, I don’t feel convinced they have it.
Anyway, this isn’t a blog about judging bands because we all have our own tastes and that’s great. I wanted to comment about this because I feel the other bands this weekend did incredibly and deserve to be recognized for their efforts. As I mentioned before, the lighting changed a lot for this set and it dimmed and became quite stagnant and bland so it was a bit harder to work with. These are a few of my favourites.
NOTES: Please comment if you were at the show and let me know what you think. A lot of people from the show approached me on the nights to ask my opinion and they all seemed to agree with me. One person put it best because ATL are referred to a lot as being a “next Blink 182” and he said that unlike the guys from Blink 182, these guys just don’t have the charisma during their live shows. I’d love to know what you thought and why. You don’t need to register, just pop your name and email address (incase I want to reply personally) and let me know your thoughts. Again I want to make it clear that I have nothing against these guys. They are obviously doing something right because of how quick they are growing.