All Time Low explores the memories and sounds of their youth in nostalgic new album, “Last Young Renegade”

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After nearly 15 years as a band, All Time Low has just released their seventh album, Last Young Renegade. While their experience might make them music business veterans, none of the band members are even 30. Even so, Last Young Renegade sees the Maryland pop-punks exploring their youth and growing up in a band.

“We’ve been doing this since we left high school, so this is pretty much all we’ve known,” frontman Alex Gaskarth tells ABC Radio. “Last Young Renegade, in a way, is a tale about that period of time: leaving high school, being in this insane situation and coming of age in a way that a lot of people don’t get to experience.”

Last Young Renegade has deeply nostalgic, personal lyrical themes.  Those emotions affected the album’s ’80s-tinged sound.

“I think it also took us back to the music we were listening to growing up with our parents, like Genesis and Depeche Mode and The Cure and [David] Bowie,” Gaskarth explains. “Not so much mimicking it, but just trying to figure out what those connective threads could be that would translate to making this record and how we could invoke those feelings.”

Lyrical and musical nostalgia come together in the lead single, “Dirty Laundry,” which Gaskarth describes as about “accepting people for their darker side as well as their good qualities.”

“The older you get, the more you realize that people are shades of grey. The world isn’t black and white,” he explains. “I think when you’re a little bit younger, it tends to be easier to see it that way. And it was something that I realized growing up: realizing that relationships and the people in our lives, it’s kinda about understanding people and accepting people for who they are.”

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