From Towson to Pier Six Pavilion is a quick drive down 83 for some, but for the hometown heroes All Time Low, it was a tour that took them around the world. After selling out Wembley Stadium to a cool 13,000 plus crowd, All Time Low came home to Baltimore and played Pier Six on Sunday night. Local Pop-punker’s recently released the number one charting album “Future Hearts” and were in town a couple months ago to promote it’s release. Sunday they came back on the Future Hearts Tour, bringing along with them: Issues, Tonight Alive, and State Champs.
State Champs started off the evening with a high energy set getting the crowd jumping up to their feet. This New York Pop-punk band started the show strong and it is easily seen why they were chosen to open for 5 Second of Summer on their home tour in Australia. State Champs held the crowds attention with their catchy choruses that sounded as if they were heavily influenced by a younger All Time Low. You can catch State Champs when they are back in town at The Baltimore Soundstage on July 25th.
Taking the stage after them was fellow Warped Tour artists Tonight Alive. It’s hard not to like this female fronted band from Sydney, Australia. Tonight Alive has a great rock sound with a message of self-importance and acceptance that only Jenna McDougall could deliver. By far the favored opening band of the fans, Tonight Alive kept the show going and made those dancing on the Pier Six lawn break a sweat. Tonight Alive is heading back to the studio after the tour, be on the look out for a new album coming soon.
With one of the most memorable backdrops I have ever seen, Issues took the stage as the sun started to set. The stage was lit by glowing guitar cabinets designed to look like Gameboy’s and Pokemon game cartridges (If you can’t read the ESRB rating on their cabinets is “H for Hooligans”). That attention to detail was also seen in their very tight sound and entertaining stage presence. A great way to warm up for what was to come next.
Finally, as the sun finally set on the city, All Time Low came to the screams of fans. The lyrics of every song were sung back from the stage, to the lawn, to even across the waters of the Harbor. It was a warm reception for these four boys. No matter how well their albums do or how far they tour, they will always have a place in their heart for Baltimore. They played a mix of new songs with a few old ones off the first few albums that helped push the local band into the world spot light. As in true All Time Low and end of tour fashion, the end of the show was filled with jokes and special guests. As the last chord was hit many members of the tour rushed the stage and sung “YMCA” under confetti in nothing more than speedos.
Shenanigans continued after the show as guitarist Jack Barakat gathered various members of the bands and crew to go to his bar in Fells Point, The Rockwell. The bar was packed with anxious fans, gathering to celebrate the end of the tour. A unique ending to the night, allowing fans to hang out and truly welcome the boys home.