When All Time Low regrouped last year to begin work on their new album, they came to the unanimous decision that it was going to feel warm. The record’s more conceptual predecessor, 2017’s Last Young Renegade, was set in the dark. It was time to let some light back in.
Enter: Wake Up, Sunshine – a breezy bundle of energy that sees vocalist/guitarist Alex Gaskarth, guitarist Jack Barakat, bassist Zack Merrick and drummer Rian Dawson return to their beginnings as a band, fusing the breathless enthusiasm of their teen selves with the songwriting talent they’ve accrued across an accomplished 17-year career.
”There was a lot of effort put into Wake Up, Sunshine to have songs that had that fun, summer, daytime, light feeling,” Alex explains. “The last record felt very moody, and neon, and like driving through the city streets at night time…”
Album number eight couldn’t feel further from that, its 15 songs encapsulating the Baltimore pop-punks’ brighter tendencies in truly dazzling fashion. Ahead of its release on April 3 via Fueled By Ramen, Alex introduces Wake Up, Sunshine, track by track…