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For today’s post, I figured I’d whip up a list of, what I consider, eight of All Time Low’s best deep cuts. I had the chance to see them last week on their Summer Ever After tour with Dashboard Confessional, and I was reminded that ATL have many great songs that were never singles that they still play live to this day. This was a very difficult list to compose, and while I realize that many other songs are missing, this is purely based on my opinion. These to me stand out from each of the records they’re off of, and they deserve a bit of love. I probably could have written about many more of their deep cuts, but then we’d be here a while. Also, I realize songs from “The Party Scene” and "Put Up or Shut Up" are not included in this list, and that’s mainly because I'm focusing on songs released after they were signed to Hopeless Records. Sorry not sorry. ANYWHO, here’s my list. Enjoy!
1. Stay Awake
Off their second studio album “So Wrong It’s Right,” Stay Awake evolved into a great deep cut for fans as many have found it to be a coping song. Diehard fans have gotten this song’s lyrics tattooed on them, especially the lines “dedication takes a lifetime, dreams only last for a night” and “before you ask which way to go, remember where you’ve been.”
2. Six Feet Under the Stars
Also from SRIR, Six Feet Under the Stars was never an official single, but it almost could have passed as one. Perhaps it made circulation on MySpace pages or used in multiple AOL/MSN statuses, but lyrics from Six Feet always seemed to make the rounds in the online community. Many fans I know knew this to be as the first song they heard from All Time Low. A really well orchestrated love song, this is the perfect reminiscent summer romance, with talks of running off together, walks on the beach, and meeting along the boardwalk that leads to, you guessed it being “six feet under the stars."
Although this may be one of the biggest fan favourites within All Time Low’s discography, Stella was never made into a major single. Most fans will argue that any song could have been a single from “Nothing Personal”, as the album was not only played in heavy rotation, but it got a lot of fanfare, and could very well be one of the band’s best records to date. Stella tells the classic drunk at a party story begging the question ‘Stella won’t you take me home?’ (of course, this is Stella Artois we’re talking here). It’s quick wit lyrics and fast winding guitar makes for a fun song that, like fine wine (and maybe fine Stella? Though probably not) it gets better with age.
Heroes is just one of the many underrated gems that come off the band’s 4th studio album “Dirty Work.” This is an independent proclamation, an individual’s anthem, the rebel from the rest. What likely makes Heroes a deep cut is the fact that its lyrics scream the want and need to be a minority, something the band has always stood by, therefore making it something fans crave. It ignores the idea of trends, and that you’re a bit of a fake if you follow them.
5. The Irony of Choking on a Lifesaver
Off of the band’s fifth studio album, "Don’t Panic," Irony is one of the group’s most brass tracks that is a punch to the gut. Opening with the line ‘stop fucking around with my emotions,’ it immediately sets the tone for the song, that there is no messing around. Lyrically the song is filled with metaphors that are used to describe the downfall of a friendship or relationship. Its bridge has a build-up like a rollercoaster and comes crashing down as soon as the chorus kicks in. It’s angry and to the point, and sometimes that's just what you need.
6. Oh, Calamity!
Although not an official All Time Low track, (this was on the deluxe edition of "Don’t Panic") this became a huge fan favourite of the bonus content after its release. A lone guitar riff opens, and even after the band kicks in, it remains a fairly mellow and moody song. But something about the combination of the angsty lyrics and minor chords is what makes it interesting. A likely standout for fans is its lyrics, specifically the line “it’s such a shame that we play strangers.”
7. Kicking and Screaming
This is the second track off their album "Future Hearts," but Kicking and Screaming feels like the official opener. It’s fast, it’s loud, you may be able to catch your breath in between, but it’ll pick right back up again. It grabs the listener's attention with its in-your-face lyric styling, and as soon as lead singer Alex Gaskarth wails a "1, 2, 3, 4," at the beginning, the flood gates open to all the punk rock that's soon to follow.
8. Dark Side of Your Room
Similar to the likes of Stella and Irony, Dark Side of Your Room is not a single (though could be inevitably, with it being a constant on their setlist for their most recent tours), but has managed to gain a following. Off their latest effort "Last Young Renegade," what makes this a stand out is it’s a step away from what the overall sound of LYR is, which experiments a bit with techno-type elements. In fact, Dark Side gives a similar vibe to the bonus tracks of "Don’t Panic," perhaps one of the reasons why it’s such a big hit with fans.
That's it for eight of my favourite ATL deep cuts. What are your favourite All Time Low deep cuts? Leave a comment below!