The inner 13-year old in me was screaming this weekend and it’s all thanks to Alex Gaskarth and co.
Hailing from Towson, Maryland, All Time Low, made their triumphant return to the punk rock scene with a catchy new single, “Dirty Laundry” and accompanying music video. “Dirty Laundry” is the band’s first piece of music at their new home, Fueled by Ramen, and since Future Hearts in 2015.
Gaskarth befittingly sits entranced by the whirling of a dryer in a Laundromat. There’s then a quick cut to a dark room lined with washers on either side and the band’s logo shining brightly as a bluish-green neon sign in the background.
It starts off slow with a hypnotic guitar riff and an underlying dance-esque beat before breaking out into the chorus and sending me on a huge nostalgia trip circa 2009-11.
“Dirty Laundry” shows off the best of the band's roots and growth, mixing rock with pop and electronic, which is becoming more and more popular among mainstream music.
Having transformed into quite the crooner, Gaskarth’s passion is evident in the lyrics: She’s got her secrets, I got mine too/I don’t care about what you did, only what we do/Dirty laundry looks good on you/.
It’s all about secrets and skeletons in the closet (airing the “dirty laundry”), leaving the past where it belongs, and loving the people around you for not only their light, but their darkness too.
The single was released on February 17, and the band said they felt “inspired by a dream about the ups and downs that make us who we are, sometimes worn and tired, but better for it... alive and inspired,” in a social media post to fans.
I haven’t felt this excited over music from All Time Low since “Hello, Brooklyn” from Nothing Personal way back in 2009.
“Dirty Laundry” started off a moody torcher but quickly switched gears and returned to the punk rock sound that fans all over the world know and love.