Cheers For 10 Years (Part 3)
We're back at it again with another ten-year celebration. In this installment we're going to be talking about fan favorites, Nothing Personal - All Time Low and Anywhere but Here - Mayday Parade. Both bands hold such a special, and nostalgic, place in my lil emo-kid heart. These two albums were the soundtracks to so many memories, including summers at Warped Tour (of course).
Nothing Personal by All Time Low
Release Date: July 7, 2009
My favorite songs: Stella, A Party Song (The Walk of Shame), Keep The Change, You Filthy Animal, Lost In Stereo, Therapy
All Time Low will always hold such a special place in my heart (and my life). They were one of the first "pop punk" bands that truly opened me up to the genre way back in 2007 when I heard Coffee Shop Soundtrack for the very first time - the song still leaves me buzzing after all these years. Even now, at 22 years old, I still actively add those older songs to almost every road trip playlist I make. For years, nothing could top the feeling I would get seeing All Time Low live with my friends, screaming along to song after song.
Not to mention, the emotion-packed Spring Fever Tour that left every Bostonian, and band member, with tears streaming down their faces. I can remember the show as if it were yesterday and I still get goosebumps remembering the way the crowd chanted "Boston Strong" with Alex Gaskarth responding, "yes, you are." All Time Low created such a strong community at their shows, and that night was proof enough that everyone in the crowd was connected beyond words.
Anywhere but Here by Mayday Parade
Release Date: October 6, 2009 My favorite songs: Still Breathing, Bruised and Scarred, If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet?, Save Your Heart, So Far Away
I can still vividly remember seeing Mayday Parade for the very first time. I was fourteen and unbelievably excited to be seeing All Time Low (surprise, surprise) - so excited in fact, that I didn't check to see who was opening the show. I was mid-conversation with a friend when the opening notes of Kids in Love started playing. It caught me completely off guard and it made that day even much better.
Fast forward a few years and they were one of the very first bands to give me a chance to take pictures at their show which meant the world to me. I've been lucky enough to shoot multiple shows at this point and they continue to blow me away each and every time (they also continue to make me dance my way through the photo pit).