With the big push of digital advancement on music in the noughties, pop punk has been one of the sub genres to really use its strengths to its advantage. Bands like Paramore, Four Year Strong (and maybe the band that Charlie Simpson used to be in) showcase pop punk is thriving with talented acts. One key band behind this driving force All Time Low is eager to keep the ball running with their latest creation Don’t Panic.
Opening track 'The Reckless and the Brave' kicks Don’t Panic off in typical All Time Low fashion with upbeat rhythms and brilliant catchy chorus’. The pace is kept in similar fashion for 'Backseat Serenade' with Cassadee Pope of fellow pop punk outfit Hey Monday. 'If These Sheets Were States' continues on the positive vibe and latest single 'Somewhere in Neverland' should bring back childhood years to the older pop punk generation.
Tracks 'So long Soldier' featuring another of All time Low’s many friends in the pop punk world Anthony Raneri of Bayside and 'The Irony Of Choking On Lifesaver' takes Don’t Panic on a more heavier tone with harder-hitting riffs and could almost compare to heavier pop punk outfits like Thrice and A Day To Remember but nonetheless its a talented effort from the Baltimore quartet. 'Outlines' with Jason Vena of Acceptance is Don’t Panic’s final collaboration and, by far however it’s the albums best; the chop and changes throughout the song keeps you on your toes and somewhat cheesy singalong chorus should tick all the right boxes for your average pop punk fan.
Closing numbers 'For Baltimore' and 'So Long, And Thanks For All The Booze' are personally driven songs but show that not all pop punk bands write about women and painful events through their lives and that there’s more positive outlooks to embrace, which should hopefully be a refreshing breeze for hardcore pop punk fans.
All Time Low are still a young band and their talent shows no signs of slowing down; if they keep it up Don’t Panic could mean we have barely scratched the surface to what they’re capable of.