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Formed in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland in 2003, American group All Time Low have made the transition from high school cover band to international pop-punk stars. Inspired by the phenomenal late 90s success of fellow Americans Blink 182 and Green Day, All Time Low honed their craft performing the hits of their heroes in small venues across their home town before creating a sound of their own.
Consisting of guitarist Jack Barakat, singer Alex Gaskarth, drummer Rian Dawson and bassist Zack Merrick, the band's happy hybrid between energy and melody has seen them rise to the forefront of the second wave of the pop-punk movement. Having signed their first deal with Emerald Moon Records, a debut EP called The Three Words to Remember in Dealing with the End was given a limited release in 2004. Following the success of the EP, All Time Low released their first full-length album a year later. Entitled The Party Scene, the record came out before the band had even graduated from high school.
Taking their music on tour, the group forged relationships with fellow acts such as Plain White Ts and Amber Pacific. As a result, they became sought-after by a range of bigger production companies and subsequently signed a lucrative deal with Hopeless Records. All Time Low's first full album release for Hopeless was So Wrong, It's Right which was later followed by Nothing Personal. The production of the latter album saw the band collaborate with one of the group's heroes and most significant influences: bassist Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 fame. In addition to this, a range of respected producers also worked on the album, reflecting the band's growing reputation. Including the hit single Lost in Stereo, the album saw the band enjoy increased commercial success not just in the US but in Europe and beyond.
In 2010, the band released their first live album called Straight to DVD, and this was followed by the contribution of a song to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland soundtrack, Almost Alice. The song, Painting Flowers, saw All Time Low listed alongside such artists as Franz Ferdinand, They Might Be Giants, The Cure's Robert Smith and Avril Lavigne. Following a brief change of record label, the band released their fourth album, Dirty Work, in 2011 before returning to Hopeless to record Don't Panic, which hit the charts in 2012. Famed for their playful and interactive live shows, All Time Low have become a mainstay of the pop-punk movement.