Gig Review

All Time Low
The Maine, We Are The In Crowd
Bristol, Academy
30th January 2012

All Time Low                The Maine            We Are The In Crowd        


Photo Of We Are The In Crowd © Copyright TriggerOver the past couple of years All Time Low have been going from strength to strength gaining a massive fan base across the world and every time they come back to the UK they play bigger venues and the venues still continue to sell out, so tonight I headed down to Bristol Academy to see All Time Low with We Are The In Crowd and The Maine in support.

I arrived at the venue minutes before doors were opened to be greeted with the biggest queue I have ever seen outside the Academy which went all the way up the road and into the ground floor of the car park situated next to the venue, after a steady wait we made our way into the venue minutes before We Are The In Crowd took to the stage.

Photo Of We Are The In Crowd © Copyright TriggerWe Are The In Crowd are a band I have heard a lot about from various different publications and from seeing their music on TV so I was quite excited to see how they would unleash their poppy punk sounds on the crowd at the academy tonight and right from the start We Are In The Crowd got the crowd moving with their brand of infectious pop-punk.

In their 30 minute time slot We Are the In Crowd managed to play 8 songs which included the ever so catchy ‘Rumour Mill’, ‘For The Win’, ‘On Your Own’, but it was ‘Kiss Me Again’ which got the biggest reaction as All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth took to the stage for guest vocals which was met by massive screams from the eager crowd.

Photo Of The Maine © Copyright TriggerEveryone seemed to really enjoy We Are The In Crowd tonight, they are back in April for their own headline tour and I can easily see them headlining venues like Bristol Academy a few years down the line.

The Maine were the second band up tonight and they really brought the noise and to start with I really didn’t think they were going to go down that well with the All Time Low crowd but to my surprise they went down extremely well with a lot of people in the audience singing a long word for word to every song.

Photo Of The Maine © Copyright TriggerThe band showed off true energy on stage with bass player Garrett Nickelsen making the biggest impression with his energetic ways which saw him nearly take down his mic stand with his bass at one point.

The band managed to blast through a strong ten track set and if tonight’s performance was anything to go by then I am sure we will see the Maine back touring the UK in the very near future.

Photo Of All Time Low © Copyright TriggerJust before All Time Low were due to take to the stage someone came out on stage to encourage the fans to scream for All Time Low and you did not have to ask these fans twice as within a split second the venue erupted into a mad flurry of screams and before you knew it the lights had dimmed and All Time Low took to the stage.

All Time Low blasted straight into their latest ‘Time Bomb’ and everything went crazy from the massive flash lighting show the band had brought with them to their energetic stage antics to the screams from the crowd which also included a few select members from the crowd throwing their underwear on stage with lead guitarist Zack Barakat making a collection of bras on his mic stand.

Photo Of All Time Low © Copyright TriggerAs the show progressed Alex Gaskarth apologised for the band taking to the stage late and also said that he is losing his voice so will have to take a steady approach to the show, but despite this his voice sounded spot on to me and he blasted through the set like his life depending on it playing hit after hit and stopping every now and again to interact with the crowd with his Blink 182 esque banter.

The lighting show tonight featured big laser lights flashing across the whole venue and lights that displayed various different things such as the initials of the band in an ATL format and also various crude messages like “Tap Dat Ass”, “Vag Sex, “Ass Sex” etc which went down well with the crowd in a comical way.

Photo Of All Time Low © Copyright TriggerIt was clear to see that all the hard working over the years has paid off for All Time Low as they really stepped up the pace tonight and blew their support acts out of the water and everything was just spot on with the fans having the time of their lives screaming to their idols and singing along to their favourite pop punk songs with ‘Weightless’, ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’ and a cover of Blink 182’s ‘All The Small Things’ getting the biggest reaction of the night.

We Are The In Crowd 4/5
The Maine 4/5
All Time Low 5/5

Review By Trigger

 All Time Low

Alex Gaskarth
Jack Barakat
Rian Dawson
Zack Merrick

 The Maine

John O'Callaghan
Kennedy Brock
Jared Monaco
Garrett Nickelsen
Patrick Kirch

 We Are The In Crowd

Taylor Jardine
Jordan Eckes
Mike Ferri
Rob Chianelli
Cameron Hurley

 Band Related Links
All Time Low Myspace
The Maine MySpace
We Are The In Crowd Myspace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?