I’ll be honest; I was concerned after the release of Dirty Laundry in February. Luckily, Last Young Renegade has given me a new hope for All Time Low’s future as a pop-punk band.
Like most people stuck to the ‘alternative’ brand, All Time Low were one of the first pop-punk bands I was introduced to. I can look back with fondness at songs like ‘Jasey Rae’, ‘Dear Maria, Count me In,’ and ‘Lost in Stereo.’ Just like the cliché, and rather embarrassingly, they all remind me of a great summer I had when I was 16.
Then came ‘Dirty Laundry.’ Their first release since their 2015 album Future Hearts – and sadly, I was disappointed. The song trades in the classic upbeat melodies for a slow and steady ballad – I’m not entirely against these, but they don’t really appeal to me when they’re about dirty laundry covering someone’s floor. I get that they’re trying to go with the rugged, tattered romance imagery. But really? “Dirty Laundry looks good on you”?
Last Young Renegade was released on Thursday, and it really took me a long time to get around to listen to this song; not even because I was busy, just because I really didn’t want to be disappointed again. I can whole heartedly assure you guys not to worry; this is not another Dirty Laundry. The pop-punk tones are back, the slower (and frankly boring) drum beats are gone. It’s not quite All Time Low at their finest, but it’s nice to have them back. It feels like the kind of song you’d hear at number 15 on the charts, or perhaps the second song they’d play during a set. Most importantly, the song feels like an ATL song, and I’m okay with that.
Clearly, it’s not without its problems; it’s nowhere near as much as an anthem as some of their previous hits, and it’s not a unique song. In fact, all the verses and choruses are rather samey, but it’s a move in the right direction, which is the important thing. The ‘5 Seconds of Summer’ vibe is slowly falling off them.