The pop punk band All Time Low formed in Maryland in 2003. Lead vocalist Alex Gaskarth and guitarist Jack Barakat put the group together and recruited drummer Rian Dawson and bassist Zack Merrick. The band’s name came from a line in the song “Head On Collision” by the band New Found Glory. Early on All Time Low mostly performed covers of songs by bands like Green Day, blink-182, and New Found Glory.
All Time Low’s first recording contract came with indie label Emerald Moon in 2004. Their first release was an EP titled The Three Words to Remember in Dealing with the End. A full-length album The Party Scene followed in 2005. It was produced by Paul Leavitt.
Just months before band members graduated from high school, All Time Low signed to national indie label Hopeless Records in 2006. Their first release was an EP titled Put Up or Shut Up which included mostly re-recorded versions of songs from their Emerald Moon album. With the release of the album So Wrong, It’s Right in 2007 and extensive touring, All Time Low began rising in the ranks of national pop punk bands. The group received strong support from MTV and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live in the spring of 2008.
All Time Low have made their name largely through extensive touring and their fun, energetic performance style. In 2007 All Time Low joined the annual Vans Warped Tour.