Muted Magazine On May 6 2008

All Time Low Show off Their Pink Sparkly Wands
Written by Francesca Wahking
Photos by Christina Wahking
Date: May 6, 2008

Harry Potter is a well treasured literary wizard, but for All Time Low, Hogwarts is a magical place of hilarity and sexual innuendo.

“We got Smirnoff Ice and a six-pack of Corona,” someone says as they walk on the All Time Low tour bus interrupting the interview.

“I will fucking blast you with this wand if you don’t silence yourself!” Alex Gaskarth says pointing his pink star wand at the man.

“My patronus is kind of small and it’s a bit bent also. About a 4 and half inch patronus,” Gaskarth continues later on with a chuckle.

From kiddie pools to running around naked, All Time Low is never a boring band. They pose in their underwear (which according to Gaskarth is more of a hobby than an obsession) and bubble wrap other bands’ vans.

The band consists of Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Zack Merrick, and Rian Dawson. The foursome started the band during their high school years and managed to create their first EP at the age of 17. Fast forward 5 years later, this band has been listed as AP magazine’s “Bands You Need to Know in ‘07” and is also one of the headlining bands on this year’s AP tour. With the band gaining so much success at such a young age, they promise not to let it go to their heads.

All Time Low has garnered so much success that it caught the ears of Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 and +44 fame. The band looks up to the band and hopes to one day take over the world just like Blink-182 had. Imagine All Time Low’s excitement when Mark Hoppus appeared at the recording studio they were in.

“Not only did he listen to it, but I got to write a song with him, probably one of the best experiences of my life. It’s like to anyone that has a role model or an idol, if you can imagine just talking to them let alone doing something creative with them, it was really awesome,” says Gaskarth.

With all the amazing music being produced, major tours and cross country promotion has to take place. Like any band, All Time Low gets a bit homesick and crazed in their tight and enclosed surroundings.

“To be honest, no matter what you are in, it tends to feel like you’re stuck in a jar. It’s kind of nice to get out and run around on the grass… I’m desperate for a Walmart store because I’m out of underwear.”

Mommy definitely does not pick out the band’s underpants anymore, but that doesn’t mean they still don’t receive love and support from their parents. Even through the tough times of getting signed in the midst of high school.

“At first they were a little bit skeptical and a little bit nervous like any parent would be, especially in the last two years of high school because it’s very college oriented…and there’s me telling my parents that I wasn’t going to college and that freaked them out. I think once we signed the deal and showed that we were going to take it seriously and not sit around and be lazy, I think they became supportive,” says Gaskarth.

As for what “house” Gaskarth would belong to if he got owl mail telling him he got accepted into Hogwarts, he had this to say:

“Probably Slitherin because I’m an ass hole.”

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