Summer came early this April when an army of preteen and teenage girls invaded Stubb’s for “The Dirty Work Tour.” The line up for the sold out show included All Time Low, Yellowcard, Hey Monday, and openers, The Summer Set.
With their infectious pop rock stylings, pinchably-cute smiles and guitarist Josh Montgomery’s new, almost-too-dirty-for-his-own-good mustache, The Summer Set achieved their job as an opening band: to get the crowd moving and excited for what’s coming up. With songs like “Young” and “Chelsea,” the band got the whole crowd jumping, dancing and singing along to every word with lead singer Brian Dales.
The Summer Set ended their performance with “Girls Freak Me Out,” a ballsy move considering the song is basically an insult to every girl in the audience. However, it was obvious the crowd didn’t catch onto the song’s subtle insults, but instead sang along to lines like “With her old school kicks and her hipster friends/ Got a peace sign in hand.” Dales even took the joke one step further when he led the audience in a chant of the line “Some girls freak me out.”
Up next was the female-fronted powerpop band, Hey Monday. The group cleverly started their set with a sound clip of Dane Cook from his “Vicious Circle” tour where he makes a joke about how guys go to clubs to pick up girls, but girls go to clubs just to dance. At the end of the joke, all the members of Hey Monday raced onto the stage playing their single, “I Don’t Wanna Dance.”
Dressed in a black tank top, black shorts and a frilly pink tutu, lead singer Cassadee Pope took command of the stage and proved to everyone in the audience that despite her young age and petite size, she’s got the pipes to rival almost anyone. Pope’s voice was powerful and intense yet beautiful and controlled throughout the whole show. Coupled with her captivating stage presence, even those who aren’t fans of Hey Monday had a hard time not bopping their head along to the band’s engaging show.
Like a blast from the past, Yellowcard took the stage after Hey Monday. The band was met with such enthusiastic screams and cheers that it would have been easy for anyone to mistaken this as Yellowcard’s 2003 tour in support of Ocean Avenue.
Although they’re currently promoting their newest album When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes that was released in March, the majority of Yellowcard’s set was dedicated to playing their oldies like “Way Away,” “Only One” and the always classic “Ocean Avenue.” In fact the crowd seemed to know the old songs much better than any of the news songs, which was a little confusing and almost unsettling considering most of the audience was about 5-years-old when those songs were released.
The pop-punk veterans put on quite possibly the best show of the night and did it without any bells and whistles. The band didn’t run around the stage much or jump off anything or even have a very impressive light show. They just played their oh-so addictive, generation-defying tunes, and thoroughly entertained the entire crowd.
When the lights dimmed signaling All Time Low was about to begin their headlining set, a shrill, deafening scream erupted from every girl in the sweaty, dust-filled pit at Stubb’s. The pop rock superstars sauntered onto the stage obviously enjoying their welcome and then started the show with “Time Bomb.” The song was accompanied by the very audible high-pitched voices of every fan in the audience singing along, a trend that continued throughout every song of the show.
Despite the crowd’s outrageous enthusiasm, the show itself was nothing more than an average pop rock performance. The band played their moderately catchy songs including “Damned If I Do Ya,” “Poppin’ Champagne” and “I Feel Like Dancin,’” the newest single from their new album Dirty Work, which will be released June 7. The show also included fan girls trying their darndest to throw their bras, which have the girls’ names, numbers and little love messages scrawled all over them, at the band. Since this has become a regular thing for All Time Low, each time a bra landed on stage, guitarist Jack Barakat grabbed the undergarment and drape it over his mic stand.
The show ended with an encore performance of the songs “Weightless” and “Dear Maria, Count Me In.” But even after the encore and final distributing of leftover picks, towels and drum sticks, handfuls of girls still stood at the stage chanting “All Time Low” as if there’s no such thing as too much All Time Low.