Since the Baltimore, Marylands last full length release Dirty Work was released in 2011 we really thought All Time Low had indeed, hit an all time low. Now departing major label obscurity, the band are back on indie label Hopeless Records, it feels like the band have taken a step back in time to former glory.
Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now! Is not your usual ‘stick a few bonus tracks on the end’ kind of re-release of 2012’s Don’t Panic. It ambitiously squeezes in the new songs to the previous albums track listing, and it works. The additional tracks keep the flow of the album going, yet surprises us when something new comes along. Single A Love Like War featuring Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil although repetitive gives us an energy charged chant along. It’s easy to see that the band are back to basics with tracks like Somewhere In Neverland which wouldn’t sound far out of place on So Wrong It’s Right or Nothing Personal. Bonus acoustic renditions of singles For Baltimore and The Reckless and The Brave really explore a more emotion fuelled side to the songs, especially with the inclusion of beautiful string arrangements that quite frankly, we would love to have heard a little more rather than in the odd moment.
Musically and lyrically, Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now! Takes our hand and walks us down an All Time Low memory lane. Skate punk sounding So Long Soldier featuring Baysides own Anthony Raneri takes us back to Alex Gaskarth’s journey to the states and early days of the band whilst The Irony of Choking on A Lifesaver takes the highlights from Dirty Work and crafts a bitter, yet infectious pop song. Alex ‘built for hooks’ Gaskarths voice belts out lyrics such as ‘You’re the snake hidden in my daffodils when I’m picking flowers’. Yes it’s cheesy but it’s ok, this is pop punk after all. The lyrics of the band are stylized this way and often are the reason for their successes. Arguably it may be more pop than punk, but So Long, And Thanks For All The Booze’ proves that the foursome can craft together the best of both worlds, fitting in fast punk beats, tasty riffs and pop soaked chorus’.
The whole record oddly sounds nostalgic, yet utterly fresh. Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now! Gives an acknowledging nod to previous albums So Wrong It’s Right and Nothing Personal and even a wave to the best of Dirty Work. Love or hate them, there’s no denying that All Time Low are at the top of the pop punk game after just five years of their existence, the band can only go from to strength from here on out. Here’s to the next five!
Standout Tracks: For Baltimore, So Long Soldier
For Fans of: You Me At Six, Yellowcard, We Are The In Crowd
Written by: Liam Ruane