Life Envy | Alex Gasgarth from All Time Low Talks Life On Tour
Pop-punkers All Time Low recently completed a sell-out stint of gigs around the UK; fans over here can’t get enough of them and every time they play, the stage is littered with bras! Lead singer Alex Gasgarth took time out from the tour to tell MTV what life is really like on the road with All Time Low; revealing who has the messiest hotel room, what TV shows they are digging right now and what happens when they search their own names on Tumblr…MTV: Hey Alex, please tell us: who out of All Time Low is worst at waking up in the morning?
Alex Gasgarth: Probably me. I’m a fairly big procrastinator so I can be fairly difficult to wake up. It’s been me and Zach. He and I are pretty deep sleepers.
MTV: If you’ve had a heavy night partying on tour, what is your breakfast of choice?
Alex: I don’t advise this everyday, but a greasy heavy breakfast is the best idea after a heavy night. It sounds like the worst idea but actually, it’s the best. On this tour we have one of our favourite catering guys catering the tour. If you get up early he will cook up the a full English breakfast and it is everything you need to make yourself feel better and worse at the same time.
MTV: Although you were born in the UK, you haven’t lived here in a while. What’s the most touristy thing you have done while you’ve been over here?
Alex: Last time we were here as a band, we took a tour of Parliament and got to visit Number 10 Downing Street, we saw the Prime Minister’s place. I don’t think I’m supposed to say this, but we were allowed on the roof of Parliament and saw Big Ben in action. That was pretty epic. Very cool.
MTV: So dish the dirt; when you are staying in hotels, who has the messiest room?
Alex: To be honest, were are a pretty frugal band and try not to waste money so we usually stay on the tour bus but when we stay in a city for a few days we check into a hotel. Sometimes we even share rooms. The room you don’t want to go in, that always looks like a boom has gone off in it, is either Zack or Jack’s. They settle into a room and unpack their bags all over the place so it always looks like a war zone.MTV: What’s the best thing you have ever ‘borrowed’ from a hotel on your travels?
Alex: We had this weird thing for a while which I feel really bad admitting now. We started for some random reason unscrewing and stealing the tops of beer taps as a trophy. Because you really have to earn that. It’s not like grabbing something someone’s not going to notice, like a napkin. This is more of a challenge where if you have to get the tap completely unscrewed without being caught in the act, pocketing it and getting out of there without anyone noticing. That’s an accomplishment. It’s reminiscent of a climatic scene from Indiana Jones.
MTV: So what do All Time Low get up to when you are in a city waiting to play a show?
Alex: It depends on the day and what our schedule looks like. When we’re not scheduled for press or do meet or greets then we usually just explore and aimlessly wander around. Most of the time in major cities we’ll find the city centre, walk around and go shopping or grab some food. Some of the guys in the band and crew are very fond of good food and eating out.
MTV: Are you into any TV shows at the moment?
Alex: We watch a lot of television and movies on the bus. Everyone’s obsessed with True Detective. We’re all in different parts of the show, so as much as we want to talk about it, we can’t, in case we ruin it for someone else! Lots of spoiler drama on the bus. A lot of us were doing Breaking Bad and House of Cards before that. We have a strange obsession with Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. We’ve watched it probably over a 100 times. It’s so bad it’s good; it’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen. It’s great but in the worst way.
MTV: Do you ever look yourself up on Tumblr? ATL are pretty huge on there.
Alex: I’m very careful with stuff like that. I’ve done it before, because everyone is guilty of being curious and seeing what’s out there. I like to do it after we’ve started a tour, to see what people’s reactions are to the new set. So I do it to kind of spy and see what’s going on with our fanbase! But I can never dig too deep on Tumblr because the second you do that, you come across something you just don’t want to see. Sometimes I go in with a little bit of interest but I have to close the page before it gets to weird.
MTV: So we know that Jack Bakarat gets lots of girls underwear thrown at him on stage…
Alex: Woah, I would like to argue that. We ALL get underwear thrown at us. But Jack just hoards it. He makes a point of making himself look cooler and insists that it gets put on his mic-stand. They are not all being thrown at him. The amount of bras I have taken to the face that end up getting claimed by him; it’s not fair. I’m putting my foot down.
MTV: Well, Jack does like to mess around on stage, so perhaps he has more time to collect the bras.
Alex: Jack is a quarter guitar player, three quarters hype-man/village idiot in All Time Low. He’s the Flava Flav of this band.
MTV: After you’ve played a show, what’s the one song that gets you in a party mood for a night out?
Alex: Our musical rotation changes so frequently. We were really into the latest Paramore record; ‘Ain’t It Fun’ is such a jam and gets us going. Lately it’s been much heavier stuff. I’ve been really into the new Letlive record as well. The Architects album is awesome, it’s really really good.