Alex Gaskarth on new Simple Creatures: “At some point I think there will be something coming your way”
The All Time Low frontman reveals that he and bandmate Mark Hoppus have had “some ideas kicking back and forth” remotely throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and even when attention has been elsewhere (for example, ATL unveiled their absolutely awesome eighth album Wake Up, Sunshine last year), they frequently check in with each other to keep the side-project moving forwards – even if it’s only behind the scenes.
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“We’ve talked about it a lot and we have some ideas kicking back and forth,” Alex tells Kerrang!.“It was a challenge to get Simple Creatures rolling again because both of us personally just had a lot going on in our lives. Mark lives on the opposite coast to me, and despite the fact I wasn’t doing All Time Low the way we usually would, we were still very busy with that. So we haven’t been as active with it as maybe we would have liked, but there are some songs kicking back and forth.
“Mark and I kind of check in with each other usually at least once a week to be like,‘Hey, what’s up about Simple Creatures?’ and,‘When are we doing something?’ The conversation is always being had, and the thing that’s great about Simple Creatures is we designed it to be something that when we are ready to fire it up, it’s pretty quick to fire up. At some point I think there will be something coming your way.”
And Alex won’t just be resting on the success of Wake Up, Sunshine for the time being, either; the Baltimore mob have also been working on new material.
“We got to a certain point where we just said,‘Let’s get back in the studio and start writing,’ because that was one of the only other things we had available to us: to be creative,” he says. “Typically we put a record out and then go on tour for a long time, and I don’t normally find the headspace to write as much – I go on tour mode. So this time I quickly had to flip that gear back into creative mode and it was pretty fun! We probably have another two albums’ worth of music at this point…”
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