Ep. 123: Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat (All Time Low)
And The Writer Is...with Ross Golan
Throughout a catalog streamed nearly half-a-billion times and highlighted by two gold albums, two gold singles, and a platinum single, today’s guests perennially raised the bar for both pop and punk. Since 2003, the group notched five straight Top 10 entries on the Billboard Top 200, spanning the gold-certified Nothing Personal , Dirty Work , Future Hearts , and Last Young Renegade . The latter attracted tastemaker acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, Paste, and more as the band canvassed the world, headlining arenas on three continents. 2019 saw them celebrate Nothing Personal with a string of sold-out shows and a re-recorded liveperformance of the album at RedBull Studios. The record’s influence remained prevalent with Rock Sound citing its impact on Fall Out Boy, 5 Seconds of Summer, and more. Along the way, they achieved honors such as “Album of the Year” at both the Alternative Press Music Awards for Dirty Work and Rock Sound Awards for Last Young Renegade. After nearly two decades together, they rekindled the spark they first ignited in a Baltimore basement on their 2020 eighth full-length studio album, Wake Up, Sunshine [Fueled By Ramen]. These four lifelong friends—Alex Gaskarth [lead vocals, guitar], Jack Barakat [lead guitar, backing vocals], Zack Merrick [bass, backing vocals], and Rian Dawson [drums]—walked into a tiny room, plugged in, and turned up with the same spirit, but a little more wisdom, a lot more experience, and proficiency gained by performing to millions worldwide. As a result, they delivered a dynamic body of work at the apex of pop punk prowess, rock energy, and genre-busting adventurousness. And The Writer Is… Alex and Jack of All Time Low!Artwork: Michael Richey WhiteSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Robbie is joined by Jack Barakat of All Time Low this week to talk about what it's like to release an album in the middle of a global pandemic, what the recording process for 'Wake Up, Sunshine' was like, Jack's re-discovery of Star Wars, how he's been keepin himself entertained in quarantine, and more.
Flash's bestie Jack Barakat from All Time Low joins us for this special Tuesday edition of the Maleko & Flash podcast! Jack talks tour tales, why Hawaii is so dope, and what's with girls throwing bras on stage at him. Things really fall off the rails when Keena (Pint N Jigger) starts making vodka drinks swiftly!
Jack Barakat, lead guitarist for the pop punk band All Time Low and co-host of the Full Frontal Radio podcast was scheduled to be the only guest on this episode so I was surprised when two faces greeted me at the door. "This is my buddy Justin," Jack said as he walked in. "Is it cool if he sits in?" I agreed, since I am an agreeable person, but spent the first many minutes before the mics were on saying, "Wait, who are you and what do you do and what's going on?" It's weird when you've researched the crap out of only fifty percent of your guests. As it turned out, I shouldn't have worried. Justin (who himself is a musician and music exec) and Jack go way back and having Justin there brought a fun dimension to the interview since he was able to provide another perspective and first hand account of many of the topics we touched upon including Jack's investment in rock and roll bars, his relationships and friendships with Holly Madison and Abigail Breslin, his dating habits, writing new material, anorexic aliens, a bathtub full of cheese, black Amex cards, how he met Holly, breakups, whether he's still just a guy from Baltimore, how someone becomes big in Japan, major labels, signing a record deal in high school, partying, chasing a hit single, Bod body spray and what his bandmates smell like, recording his podcast on the road, his childhood, fleeing war torn Beirut when he was a baby, music theory, Rivers Cuomo and so much more. We also took your questions over Twitter and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.
All Time Low is a band that has followed stylistically in the footsteps of such well known acts as Fall Out Boy and Blink 182.They're drawing their success from their own talents having not only hit it big here in the U.S. but across the world.The band from Baltimore is fronted by Alexander Gaskarth, guitarist Jack Barakat, bassist Zachary Merrick, and drummer Rian Dawson. All Time Low, recently signed with Interscope Records and released their fourth studio album (first with Interscope) titled, Dirty Work, having just returned from Europe, the band is currently in the U.S. leg of their headlining tour in support of their album. Come mid-September they'll convert from bus to plane and head to Asia.AmoreMagazine.com recently interviewed guitarist Jack Barakat for our podcast where he shared his insights on signing with a major label, recording Dirty Work, touring the world, and what life is like being a rock-star.