As well as the special edition of the album, you’ve announced some Nothing Personal shows for December in the U.S. What’s the plan for those?
“We’ll be playing Nothing Personal front-to-back, which will be cool because there are some songs on that record that we’ve never played live, like Walls. It’ll be interesting to see the audience’s reaction to hearing those songs live for the first time. The shows will be great moments to share with our fans, and we’ll be playing a full set alongside the anniversary material. The ferocity with which people attacked these tickets the minute they went on sale was mind-blowing to us – I believe the shows were sold out within hours – so if that’s any indication of the fanbase’s excitement, I’m pretty sure these gigs are going to be insane.”
Which of the Nothing Personal songs that you’ve not played live a lot previously are you looking forward to performing?
“I’ve always loved Sick Little Games. We played it for a tour or two a few years ago, but then it fell back into the shadows. I really like anything that I got to work with Butch Walker on – he recorded Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t) with us as well, but that’s been a set staple of ours since it came out. Rocking Sick Little Games is something I’m excited about.”
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Has it been a challenge to relearn some of these older songs?
“We’ve had to work at it, yeah, but it’s been a cool process. It’s crazy how that muscle memory can still be there a decade on – some of these songs exist within us like we wrote them yesterday. It was kind of spooky being able to pick some of them up again so easily.”
Ten years on, which song from Nothing Personal stands out as the best, in your humble opinion?
“Weightless, hands down. Calling it ‘timeless’ might be a stretch, but it’s a song that’s totally synonymous with our band, in the same way that Dear Maria, Count Me In is. Weightless has really stood the test of time, and it speaks to what All Time Low has always been about; it’s a banging rock song, and that’s what we love writing. It’s a career-defining track for us.”
How far did the initial success of Nothing Personal surpass your expectations at the time?
“Thinking back, we were insanely excited during that period. Coming off the back of So Wrong, It’s Right, it felt like things were growing for the band and like we were connecting with more people. We were champing at the bit to keep going, despite there being more pressure around us and the term ‘sophomore slump’ being thrown around somewhat. Not delivering was something we were fearful of, but we wanted to put a new spin on All Time Low and really push the envelope and show what we could do. We were young and not that self-aware, and all we wanted was to make music. We were very driven in that regard. Writing a record and getting out on tour was the aim for us, but the way things snowballed totally blew us away.”