Spring fever hits NYC with All Time Low


Ashely Spencer

Few things have signified the change in seasons as much as the Spring Fever Tour. The tour which, features tco-headlines Pierce the Veil and All time Low hit NYC for two consecutive sold out shows on Apr. 24 and 25.
The show began with British five-some You Me At Six. The band was only on stage for a relatively short time but managed to belt out seven songs to the crowd’s enjoyment. The band’s popularity has been consistently rising since the 2008 release of their debut album Take Off Your Colours. Fans screamed as lead singer Josh Franceschi crooned popular songs like “Bite My Tounge” and “Loverboy.”

It wasn’t long before Mayday Parade took the stage. Fans were instantly charmed by the Florida natives. In addition to playing an array of their most popular songs they also preformed a hard rock cover of the Goyte song, “Somebody That I Used to Know.” The crowd was visibly excited as the set began to whine down and All Time Low’s staff began to set up.

A sea of crowd surfers erupted as All Time Low emerged. Screams and cheers could be heard throughout the theater and within minutes the band was bombarded with bras. Both girls and boys eagerly sang along to every lyric in each song. The audience danced throughout the set and their excitement was palpable.
Mid way through their set lead singer Alex Gaskarth put his electric guitar away for an acoustic. In a surprising turn of events fans in the center of the crowd began to sit and sway along to the slow song. It was a surprising sight for the entire audience but especially Gaskarth, who stopped playing mid song to make sure everyone was safe. The song came to an end and the rest of the band reappeared on stage to close their set with their most popular song to date, “Dear Maria Count Me In.”

A black curtain fell as All Time Low walked off stage. Nothing could be seen behind the curtain. Fans stared open mouth trying to catch a peek of the sound check and set up. All Time Low had wowed the crowd with an impressive light show and an hour-long set leaving anticipation at an all time high for Pierce the Veil. The lights disappeared and the curtain rose to reveal a Halloween type scene complete with black-light ghouls.
Music exploded through the speakers. Heavy metal guitar riffs echoed throughout the theater. Fans went wild as the band used their unique stage presence to command attention. Every song sounded like a serenade from lead singer Vic Fuentes. As the band worked their way through their set the fans became more boisterous. Mosh pits emerged in the center of the audience as crowd surfers were carried towards the stage.
The excitement of the fans was matched on stage. Guitarists Jaime Preciado and Tony Perry jumped around the stage all the while strumming along to the songs. Drummer Mike Fuentes seemed completely lost in the music, as if his drums were the only things that mattered. When Fuentes did resurface he looked around the crowd and smiled.He then took a moment between songs to thank the crowd for their ongoing support before finishing the set.

After the performance fans stood at the stage not quite ready to leave, still hoping for one more song.

All photos by: Olivia Beteta