The Dirty Work Tour
House of Blues
May 6, 2011
While their album of the same name doesn’t drop until June, All Time Low brought their Dirty Work Tour to the House of Blues in Boston for a trial run to the sold out crowd. With the first single “I Feel Like Dancin’” sounding a little different from what fans might have expected, I was curious to see how the new songs would translate live. I didn’t have to wait very long because ATL kicked off the night with the new track “Time-Bomb” starting the set off with a bang.
Armed with their arsenal of onstage banter, the band (Alex Gaskarth on lead vocals and guitar, Jack Barakat on guitar, Zack Merrick on bass and Rian Dawson on drums) played off each other like a live version of pong. From their zinging one-liners to self-depreciating commentary it’s clear that the band’s overall demeanor certainly hasn’t changed much. They don’t take themselves too seriously and even if you’ve never heard one All Time Low song you’d still leave fully entertained. If they ever decide to hang up their instruments, they can always fall back on stand-up comedy but something tells me that’s not part of their master plan.
Even before the notes of “Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)”, the second song of their set started, the stage was starting to look like a Victoria’s Secret dressing room. In what has become tradition at this point and will go down forever in ATL lore, the band seems to acquire a bevy of brassieres at every show that become hood ornaments for their mic stands, scribbled names and numbers on each and every one making for quite the little black book o’ bras. (I would like to point out at this point that I may have been one of the only females in attendance that actually left the show with my bra still firmly attached!)
As the party, er..show continued the band powered through a solid handful of songs from their last and most successful release to date, Nothing Personal. From “Break Your Little Heart” to “Sick Little Games” to “Lost In Stereo” the songs were flowing. They dug a little deeper into their discography with a few tracks from So Wrong, It’s Right as well which seemed to make the crowd pretty happy. Hey Monday’s leading lady Cassadee Pope came out during “Remembering Sunday” to provide the female vocal that was originally sung by Juliet Simms of Automatic Loveletter. Pope did the song justice and has really come into her own over the last few years. Her voice seems to be getting stronger and stronger.
Overall I was really hoping to hear a few more new songs that I knew the band has been playing on other dates but unfortunately that was not meant to be in Boston. The new single “I Feel Like Dancin’” was one of the highlights of the show though and fans seem to be embracing the new music with every ounce of energy they have. I know playing new songs before an album is even released is a risky move but when your fanbase is as loyal as All Time Low’s you can take those risks. I guess I have to wait until June 7th to get my fill of the new tunes.
The band closed out their set with their two biggest hits – “Weightless” and “Dear Maria, Count Me In”. It was a Lansdowne Street super sing-a-long . I’m pretty sure the Red Sox fans taking in the game across the street even got a taste of those two!
All Time Low always brings high energy and humor to their set, this time was no different and the show was a blast from start to finish even though the set list didn’t play out exactly as I had hoped. Hopefully the band will announce some tour plans for the new album soon and I can stop my bitchin!
author: They Will Rock You