The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to partner with Microsoft Zune for Five Minutes with Fame, an exclusive video series on the Zune Marketplace featuring singers, songwriters and bands at the forefront of today's music. After a behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum, we sit down with artists to talk about their music, their road to success, inspirations, being on tour and of course, some of their favorite artists and artifacts highlighted in the Museum. This week's featured artist is All Time Low.
In less than a decade, All Time Low have reached heights most young bands only dream of. The group formed when singer/guitarist Alex Gaskarth, guitarist Jack Barakat, drummer Rian Dawson and bassist Zack Merrick started playing together as high school students in the suburbs of Maryland. The precocious foursome recorded their 2005 debut The Party Scene, which caught the attention of indie imprint Hopeless Records. The label would release the band's 2006 Put Up Or Shut Up EP in the summer of 2006 – shortly after the band graduated high school – and the 2007 full-length, So Wrong , It's Right. The latter featured modern pop-punk hits "Dear Maria, Count Me In" and "Poppin' Champagne," which both received heavy rotation on MTV. Non-stop touring – an ongoing hallmark of the band's work ethos – landed them a number of headliner slots, as well as billing on the Vans Warped Tour and AP Tour lineups. In December 2008, All Time Low were named "Band of the Year" by Alternative Press magazine.
That band's prolific songwriting beget the albums Nothing Personal (2009), Straight to DVD (2010) and this year's Dirty Work, the band's first release with major label Interscope.