Kicking off the show was female rapper, Nova Rockafeller, whose music was the last thing I expected to be opening for a band like All Time Low. I honestly did not know what to expect when she came onto the stage. She started rapping over some party music, and asked everyone in the crowd if they wanted to play laser tag (her song being about exactly that). The only thing I really enjoyed about her set was that she seemed to be having the time of her life on stage, and it’s clear that she’s close with her bandmates. I wasn’t really into the music, but the crowd seemed to love her. And by crowd, we’re talking a jam-packed but not sold out venue. There were more people there than I thought there would be for an opening band.
Up next was Set It Off, whom I had already seen back in July at Warped Tour , yet I was eager to see how well they performed indoors. Much to my expectations it was pretty much the same, minus the fact that singer Cody Carson could not go into the crowd like he was able to at the festival, but instead leaned against the barricade and reached out to fans. They brought out their flag during the third song and started waving it around, and constantly asked the audience to ‘Put their diamonds up’, which was only to put their hands up in the shape of a diamond because that was their logo. I’m glad they played the one song I know and like by them, “The Haunting.” I have to say his voice is really different from other pop punk vocalists; he can hit notes that others can’t.
Then we were on to the highlight of the night, the one and only All Time Low. The crowd was literally so packed you could barely breathe, and every three seconds ear-shattering, high-pitched fangirl screams erupted. They played an even mixture of and crowd favourites, old songs, and songs from their new album Future Hearts, creating one hell of a set list. They opened with “Satellites” which, to be honest, I do love, but I find to be more of an intro than a song considering how short it is and the way it just sort of builds up and then ends. Other songs they played from Future Hearts included “Missing You,” “Tidal Waves,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” and “Runaways.” I was ecstatic when they played “Lost in Stereo” and “Therapy,” which was done acoustically. They pulled audience members onto the stage for their song “Time Bomb,” making a lot of girls (and some guys) very happy. They played other hit songs such as “A Love Like War,” “Damned If I Do Ya, Damned If I Don’t,” and “Stella.” Cody Carson from Set It Off came on stage to do vocals for “Jasey Rae,” one of my favourite songs. For a band that’s been around for over ten years, All Time Low haven’t lost or changed any members, which is both pretty rare and impressive. Instead they have focused on being a close-knit band and on improving their performance, and it really shows. Vocalist Alex Gaskarth has the ability to perform live extremely closely to the way his voice sounds on recordings, and he’s definitely improved over the years. On another note, their energy is crazy on stage. Bassist Zack Merrick and guitarist Jack Barakat couldn’t stop jumping around if their lives depended on it, but it makes for great entertainment. They ended the night with “Dear Maria,” and I think everyone went home happy and satisfied, myself included.
Written and Photographed by Shannon Fong SLF Photography
*edited by Kate Erickson