The wait is over, punk fans! After taking some time to tour the globe, All Time Low has released a new single called "The Reckless and The Brave," and it's free to download off the band's website. Lead guitarist Jack Barakat chatted with J-14 about the new record (expected out late 2012/early 2013) and what crazy antics All Time Low has planned for this summer's Vans Warped Tour!
J-14: Give us the scoop on All Time Low's newest song.
Jack Barakat: "The Reckless and The Brave" is like a mix of all our records put into one. It's definitely got some old elements that I think kids are starting to realize that we brought back from the old All Time Low elements but it definitely [has more of a] unique style that All Time Low is kind of headed. It's a song our fans can relate to, which is important. We haven't released anything in a while because we've been touring the world, so it's a good song to come out of the gate with. We said, 'We love this song and we want kids to hear it,' so we just released it on our website.
J-14: Are fans excited to have you back and producing new music?
Jack: Out of our past couple releases, this is probably the strongest reaction we've seen [from fans] in a long time, so it feels good to re-energize the All Time Low union. This song has some elements that we brought back from the old All Time Low, but we're definitely headed for a more unique style.
J-14: What can we expect from Warped Tour this summer?
Jack: Typical All Time Low! The Warped Tour set is always a good time: a lot of crowd surfing, possibly a few volleyballs. We try to turn our set into a comedy show as well as a musical number. We're definitely excited to play the new song; we're going to play it everyday.
J-14: What's the greatest challenge All Time Low has faced as a band?
Jack: We've been a band for almost 10 years, and the biggest challenge we faced was dealing with a new label on our last album. Not saying it was a bad experience, just an experience that we were totally not prepared for and we didn't really know what to expect. It wasn't something we were used to, and that was a challenge. It was working with a whole big team of people we'd never worked with before, and it was definitely different from working with a small Indie album. We didn't think too much about it. We just kept touring and playing shows, because in reality, we're a touring band and that's what matters for us.
J-14: What's on your iPod right now?
Jack: The new John Mayer record! I'm also kind of a sucker for older stuff. I listen to a lot of Blink  and Green Day. And some new All Time Low demos!
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