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Last month, self-proclaimed “party metal” band Attila made their way through Milwaukee on their Let’s Get Abducted tour. The show was a crazy one to say the least, complete with vulgar jokes and all. Here’s our shots from the night!

We could write a whole essay of Fronz’ vulgar jokes and banter, but instead, we’ll give you the full lowdown on the chaos (see what we did there?) that went down that night.

First up we had Cane Hill, a band that got the crowd going better than most we’ve seen before. On the surface Cane Hill seems like your classic head-banging metal band you’d see play the Monster stage at Warped Tour, but there’s some sort of indescribable grit to them. Vocalist Elijah Witt definitely knows how to get an early crowd not just energized, but also genuinely into the music. With the talent and stage presence to boot, we’re sure Cane Hill will be one of the scene’s next breakthrough groups.

Speaking of breakthrough groups, next up was metal band Bad Omens. Bad Omens have been pushing their way through the cracks of the scene since October 2016, with the release of their self-titled debut album. Although they had a more subdued stage presence, it’s clear that they were putting all efforts into playing the music the right way. However, with their powerhouse singles “Glass Houses” and “The Worst in Me”, all hands are on deck for aggression and pure fun. By the looks of the huge mosh pit that erupted in the center of the room during their last song, the crowd felt the same way.

Shortly after Bad Omens’ triumphant exit, hard rockers New Years Day took the stage in the most empowerful way. Vocalist Ash Costello is walked on stage by a crew member while decked out in crutches, and soon ditches them for a railing front and center. Costello performed the whole set, standing up, while wearing a full leg cast. Is that not the most badass thing ever? Throughout the entirety of the set our mind was blown at how determined Costello and her bandmates are, given that she broke her foot just days before the tour but they still trucked on. Despite the slight hiccup, New Years Day put on a performance of a lifetime and left the crowd anxiously waiting for their return to Milwaukee.

Chances are, if you’ve heard of Attila, you already know that this was one hell of a set. Vocalist Chris “Fronz” Fronzak has absolutely no filter when it comes to his banter, and no remorse either. The set seemed to go in a rotation of vulgar jokes to hype up the crowd and then an energetic song to follow, and so on – but that’s just Attila’s style. Every song performed had the crowd jumping and the wooden floor feeling like it was about to bust open. The crowd’s actions were giving Attila’s stage presence a run for its money, with men sliding around shirtless on the floor or doing the worm. (Yes, you read that correctly.) Wild is an understatement when it comes to the whole atmosphere of the room during their set, and the energies fed off each other for the whole 13-song set.

Complete with Fronz’ jokes about sleeping with a crowd member’s accompanying wife, (and other things we probably shouldn’t say), Attila’s return was a memorable one to say the least. Especially since the night ended with a brawl between Attila and venue security for throwing around fans, which we’re sure you’ve already heard about given the amount of views on the video.

You can check out all of the action yourself when the Let’s Get Abducted tour makes its way to your town (dates below!), or take a look through our gallery.

REMAINING DATES:

3/9 — Providence, RI — Fete

3/10 — New York, NY — Irving Plaza

3/11 — Lancaster, PA —  Chameleon Club

3/12 — Greensboro, NC — Pete’s

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All Time Low have officially (more like finally) announced their debut album, Last Young Renegade. Yes, we said debut – as in their first album being released on Fueled by Ramen instead of Hopeless Records.

The album was announced through a poetic post on Instagram, hinting at themes of total self-rediscovery and realization by singer Alex Gaskarth himself. There are also hints at Stranger Things influenced music (which we are totally here for), as well as paying homage to the late Prince, Bowie and George Michael on the record.

Who is the Last Young Renegade? After all this time writing music, playing in a band- checking moment after moment off the bucket list- collecting mistakes, making memories, I wondered what it might be like to write about myself if I wasn’t the one standing in my shoes. Who am I from the other side of the mirror? I tried to change perspective in my approach to writing and center in on all of the different versions of me that other people might have met over the years, through the ups and the downs, in the public eye and behind closed doors. Would I like this person? Do I like this person? Do I even recognize this person anymore? I realized that there’s a lot more to me than I’m usually ready to acknowledge, both good and bad. In that realization, I noticed a common thread. We are who we are, even when we try our hardest not to be. It’s a challenge to accept it sometimes. I gave those other sides of me a persona, and a name– then came the stories like a flood. It was a way for me to confront demons without having to sit at the dinner table with them. That’s the journey on this record: a story of self-realization. Of growing into your own skin through the eyes of someone watching it all unfold on the big screen, wearing a ‘Frankie Says Relax’ t-shirt. Like watching an old familiar movie, but suddenly you’re Marty McFly. We tried a lot of new things on this album, all within the context of what we love so much about All Time Low– There’s no denying that we were binge watching Stranger Things at the time, while also reflecting on the loss of some of our favorite musicians; Prince, Bowie, George Michael… I think the influence comes through in the best ways. We all felt pulled to exciting and different places as we searched for inspiration, approaching something that’s become so familiar to us from a new direction. I truly hope everyone listening enjoys this record as much as I do. It’s been an amazing journey. The album comes out June 2nd and will be available for pre-order on Friday, Feb 24th. We’ll also be posting some pre-order merch bundles, so stay tuned. Pre-order options will be up on alltimelow.com. xo Alex

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Digital pre-orders go live on February 24 at 12 a.m. (yes, tonight!) and webstore-exclusive physical bundles will be live at 12 pm (local time) as well.

All this and more can be found on their website, as well their newly released single, “Dirty Laundry”, which we reviewed here.

Also, real quick, can we talk about how awesome it is that they have Tegan and Sara on a track? Peep the tracklist below.

1. Last Young Renegade
2. Drugs & Candy
3. Dirty Laundry
4. Good Times
5. Nice2KnoU
6. Life of the Party
7. Nightmares
8. Dark Side of Your Room
9. Ground Control (feat. Tegan and Sara)
10. Afterglow

Will you be picking up a preorder?

We have our eyes on that red vinyl. Join the conversation, tweet us!