Welcome to my first Track-by-Track! In these posts, I’ll be going through albums track by track and commenting on each one. I’ll usually include links to backstory and music videos, cuz why not keep it interactive? I chose Future Hearts by All Time Low for my first one, because I’ve been in love with these guys since junior year of high school. This is their 5th studio album, released in 2015. If you’re a fan, comment your favorite track from the album!
So I discovered via Genius.com (click the song title to see more) that this song is about broken dreams and a past dark path, but knowing you have a bright path ahead of you. I don’t listen to this particular track a lot, it’s not really a favorite of mine. But I do like knowing that tidbit of information about the song.
2. “Kicking and Screaming”
This is definitely one of ATL’s more punk-y songs. I like it a lot, it has a good sound. It’s such a pump-up song, I always feel energized when I listen to this track.It’s that song you put on first when you start doing homework to get yourself motivated and working.
3. “Something’s Gotta Give”
LOVE THIS SONG. It’s been one of my favorites since it was initially released as a single. The music video (see below) is freaky af though–it makes me think they got some inspiration from Brendon Urie (Panic! At the Disco). I wouldn’t recommend watching if you don’t like zombies though.
4. “Kids in the Dark”
This is one of my go-to songs for when I’m feeling low or having an anxiety attack. It’s that song that every band has: the one song that is meant to be a support song for fans who are in a bad place, to remind them they’re not alone and that they’ll be okay. It’s that song that says the band relates, they’ve been where you are and know how you feel–and that’ll you’ll get through this.
So I didn’t include the link for the video so you can see it here, because it’s more tour footage with the song playing over the footage. if you’re curious though, feel free to check it out! I like this song, but I don’t have any particularly strong attachment to it. Also, if anyone wants to get me the lyric phonecase (shown on right), I will have no complaints!
6. “Missing You”
Truth time: I cried the first time I heard this song. It was one of those songs that I just instantly felt like someone out there understood and empathized with how I felt, especially when I’m low or having an anxiety attack. I love how the band incorporated fans into the music video. This is one of the top tracks I want to hear ATL play live.
7. “Cinderblock Garden”
This is one of my favorite tracks on the album. I can’t really explain why, just sound-wise it’s so pleasing and I just love it. It’s one of my favorite ATL songs. It also kind of makes me think of a reverse Beauty and the Beast situation, with the girl being the one behind the walls. I’m a total B&tB sucker so yet another reason I love this song.
8. “Tidal Waves” ft Mark Hoppus (Blink-182)
I honestly don’t listen to this song as much as I should. The backstory, in short, is it’s about a girl who was dating we’ll assume Alex (the lead singer), then ditched him for someone else; this girl is trying to get him back, but Alex is still bitter and refuses to take her back. What I like about this track is it’s a bit more serious. It’s one of the tracks that gives Future Hearts its more grown-up sound.
9. “Don’t You Go”
So this song is about a one night stand and the guy is trying to convince the girl to stay. I really like this song, yet for some reason I always forget about it. Like Tidal Waves, I really don’t listen to this song as much as I should.
10. “Bail Me Out” ft Joel Madden (Good Charlotte)
I love how humorous this song is. This whole album has a more mature sound, yet then you have this song. It makes me think more of the band’s past stuff. I honestly hope they’ll make a music video for it because let’s be real, it would be too funny.
11. “Dancing With a Wolf”
I just looked up exactly what this song is about and I love it. It’s supposed to be a “F— you” to someone who’s repeatedly cheated on the singer and keeps getting caught. Now that I know this, I like this song so much better (and it makes a lot more sense).
12. “The Edge of Tonight”
Interesting quote I found on genius.com (see title link) from lead singer Alex Gaskarth: “…I wrote it as a ballad. It’s a love song about those moments when you’re miles away from home and the only thing getting you through is the knowledge you’re going home to someone that cares about you.” And like “Dancing With a Wolf,” I now love this song even more.
13. “Old Scars/Future Hearts”
Click the link for the real meanings, because I want to focus on my own interpretation for this one. Until I read the link, I genuinely thought that this song was somehow talking about abortion. It was something about the line “Those memories of the future hearts you killed.” But it apparently isn’t and I’m kind of glad because that would be so sad.♫
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