By Derek Rose and Katherine Louie
On Thursday, September 25th, Marist College held its fall concert in The McCann Recreational Center. Open to all Marist students, tickets sold for only $10, making it a feasible activity for everyone to enjoy. “It was just a really good time,” said junior Mike McClatchey. “I’ve been a fan of them for years so seeing them in such an intimate setting was really cool.”
For those who aren’t familiar with All Time Low, they’re an alternative/pop-punk band from the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. The band, formed in 2003, is composed of members Alex Gaskarth (singer/guitarist), Jack Barakat (guitarist), Zack Merrick (bassist) and Rian Dawson (drummer). In high school they successfully authored a slew of songs and toured when they were not in class, but it was only after graduation that their musical careers really began to take off. In 2006 they signed to indie label Hopeless Records, and in 2007 with the release of their album So Wrong, It’s Right they began to tour extensively and gain widespread popularity.
For a band that started off as a high school cover band they have evolved tremendously; to date they have five full albums and have toured with several high grossing bands such as Motion City Soundtrack, Plain White T’s, Cobra Starship, Fall Out Boy and Mayday Parade.
Opening for All Time Low was indie-pop duo, Brick + Mortar. The band, which originated from Ashbury, New Jersey, consists of Brandon Asraf (guitarist/vocalist) and John Tacon (drummer). Their sound is a unique blend of upbeat instrumentals and raw lyrics; both of which coalesce “in something that is just as likely to show up on an indie up-and-comers list as it is to show up on a DJ’s playlist.” Although gaining notoriety, they have already opened for such renowned bands as Icona Pop, Imagine Dragons, and Jimmy Eat World.
Following Brick + Mortar’s performance, All Time Low sang hits like, “Weightless,” “Therapy,” and “Dear Maria, Count Me In.” Known for their energetic and wild sets, they did not disappoint the expectant crowd that packed the McCann gym.
“The All Time Low concert was a great success,” said Michael Bueti, Vice-President on the Student Programming Council. “Hundreds of students gathered in McCann for a high-energy show, and left feeling nostalgic about their youth. On the night of the concert, comradery and spirits were high, much like the band’s jeans and hair.”
Past SPC concerts included performances by Big Sean, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Cataracts, and Hoodie Allen. The streak of successful concerts continued with All Time Low. If you’re interested in learning more about the activities that the Student Programming Council hosts for the Marist community, check out their page here!