Long live the reckless and the brave.
MANILA, Philippines – Pop punk band All Time Low got the scenesters headbanging and fist pumping as they played their show last Wednesday, August 12 at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Maryland natives formed the band when they were just in high school, somehow preserving the irreverent, DGAF attitude that comes with that period of your life.
In celebration of the band’s 12th year together, we give you 12 verses from All Time Low songs that will take you back to your angsty teenage self:
1. There’s a story at the bottom of this bottle, and I’m the pen
– Dear Maria, Count Me In
Their most popular song to date, Dear Maria, Count Me In urges us to imbibe (and maybe even glorify alcoholism). Drink up and kill the monsters inside, emo kids.
2. Wishing on a star that’s just a satellite
Driving in a car with broken tail lights
Growing up with eyes glued shut
This anthemic tune kicked off the concert as the crowd chanted along to the na-na-na’s . A theme found in almost all of their songs, it is both downtrodden about younger years and hopeful for the future.
3. Tattoos and a switchblade attitude
snakebite heart with a bubblegum smile
– Lost in Stereo
4. She works for the weekend, mixtape of her favorite band
Tearing up the radio, lost in the stereo’s sound
– Lost in Stereo
This is for the torpe guy out there who’s intimidated by the badass chick at the rock show. Hint: just approach her and take it from there.
5. Feels like I’m falling in love
When I’m falling to the bathroom floor
Feels like I’m falling in love alone
Oh, the perils of unrequited love. This is for the person you keep coming back to, no matter how bad they are for you. Just like your regular order of beer (in this case, a bottle of Brew Kettle instead of Stella Artois)
6. Give me therapy
I’m a walking travesty
As teenagers, we had the tendency to overdramatize things like falling down on your face, right in front of your crush. Cheer up, emo kid. It’ll get better.
7. So let’s run away
They will have to find another heart to break
Never turn around, no matter what they say
We’ll find our way
Shout out to the escapists out there. Friendly reminder: you can’t do that once you have a 9-to-5 job.
8. They won’t catch us in the dark
Roll like thunder, burn like stars
This is for all the couples out there with a “you and me against the world” mentality. a.k.a every relationship you had in your teenage years. I wonder what they were doing in the dark….
9. Have a smoke, pour a drink
Steal a kiss in the dark
-Love Like War
Well, that answers the question – walwal. These kids have no chill?!?
10. I don’t even know myself
I wish I could be someone else
But I don’t have a clue at all
Pull me out of this sinking town
– Something’s Gotta Give
As Ned Vizzini’s seminal novel would say: Teenage angst? Naah. These are the hormones talking. It’s perfectly normal…
11. Now don’t lose your fight, kid
It only takes a little push to pull on through
Grit your teeth, pull your hair
Paint the walls black
And scream “f–k the world,
Cause it’s my life, I’m gonna take it back”
– Missing You
ATL says don’t give up! On that note, you may want to get a different outlet for your anger as opposed to painting the walls black. Something more parental unit-approved.
12. Maybe it’s not my weekend
But it’s gonna be my year!
Ah, that’s the spirit! Keep your head high. It’s gonna be alright, kid!
All Time Low was preceded by front act The Maine, who played songs like Miles Away, Growing Up and American Candy. No truer words were spoken as they advised their young fans to “kill” their idols and live their own dream.