You can’t freak out. In the past people have gone: ‘Oh my god, you’ve won an Oscar, your life’s changed!’ And it really hasn’t. The Oscar sits on a little side table in my flat in London and looks a bit unreal. It’s very shiny and surreal. The answer is: you just put one foot in front of the other and you hope that it goes alright.
Happy birthday, dear sunshine TEN! Our eternal beautiful smile, sweet lover, innocent baby, you’ve been blessing our eyes and hearts with your hardworking, spectacular performances and even during hard times your smile never faded! You are the best like always! The one who always helps the others before him, the one who always makes you smile, the one who always makes your heart flutter…once again, happy birthday precious baby!♥♥♥♥♥
After all this time writing music, playing in a band- checking moment after moment off the bucket list- collecting mistakes, making memories, I wondered what it might be like to write about myself if I wasn’t the one standing in my shoes. Who am I from the other side of the mirror?
I tried to change perspective in my approach to writing and center in on all of the different versions of me that other people might have met over the years, through the ups and the downs, in the public eye and behind closed doors. Would I like this person? Do I like this person? Do I even recognize this person anymore?
I realized that there’s a lot more to me than I’m usually ready to acknowledge, both good and bad. In that realization, I noticed a common thread. We are who we are, even when we try our hardest not to be.
It’s a challenge to accept it sometimes. I gave those other sides of me a persona, and a name– then came the stories like a flood. It was a way for me to confront demons without having to sit at the dinner table with them.
That’s the journey on this record: a story of self-realization. Of growing into your own skin through the eyes of someone watching it all unfold on the big screen, wearing a ‘Frankie Says Relax’ t-shirt. Like watching an old familiar movie, but suddenly you’re Marty McFly.
We tried a lot of new things on this album, all within the context of what we love so much about All Time Low– There’s no denying that we were binge watching Stranger Things at the time, while also reflecting on the loss of some of our favorite musicians; Prince, Bowie, George Michael… I think the influence comes through in the best ways. We all felt pulled to exciting and different places as we searched for inspiration, approaching something that’s become so familiar to us from a new direction.
I truly hope everyone listening enjoys this record as much as I do. It’s been an amazing journey.The album comes out June 2nd and will be available for pre-order on Friday, Feb 24th. We’ll also be posting some pre-order merch bundles, so stay tuned! Pre-order options will be up on alltimelow.com.
Tracklist 1. Last Young Renegade 2. Drugs & Candy 3. Dirty Laundry 4. Good Times 5. Nice2KnoU 6. Life of the Party 7. Nightmares 8. Dark Side of Your Room 9. Ground Control (feat. Tegan and Sara) 10. AfterglowxoAlex
We couldn’t resist to put on the sparkles for tonight…even tho Em is complaing 80% of the time she’d feel like a stripper. Alright, just wanted to throw these out real quick & now back to shaking off our Butts! // @emmaxsteen@itsmishamisha@amberphoenixx@siobhanchap